Gotta love the command line..
Sometimes though I was missing grep‘s
--exclude feature that allows me to ignore certain paths while searching.
There are occasions where I e.g. want to see calls to a certain function in the code base but I am not interested in tests. Today I found an (embarrassingly) easy way to get that behaviour using xargs:
$ find . -name \*.py | grep -v tests/ | xargs ack-grep -C 3 -w 'Message\('
The snippet above first accumulates the paths of interests, then filters them and finally lets
ack-grep loose on them.
Ta-da! There you go :-)