Use ack to search code

I needed something to search codebase with and after trying to do

sudo gem install rak

and rak installed like that is a little flaky. Probably something missing but I didn’t want to spend time researching, so ack to the rescue.

ack is perl utility to search codebase.

In ubuntu install is super simple.

sudo apt-get install ack-grep

however on OSX things usually require more work. Here is how to install ack on OSX that worked for me (Snow Leopard)

download it: curl > ~/ack
make it executable: chmod 0755 ack
move it to bin so it would be in path: sudo mv ack /usr/local/bin/


more info at


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