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I wrote diotalevi's grep. It's one distinguishing feature is automatically looking inside tarballs and zip files. I find that's really common for me. It does a dirt simple look at the file extension and opens .tgz/.zip/.whatever using the streaming abilities of archive extraction programs. The code isn't sexy and it isn't even good but it does do a pretty good enough job. It'd be possible to do a much better job given a few minutes and the interest. I'd use ack immediately if it got this feature.

sub open_file_harder { my ($filename) = @_; return if not defined $filename; if ( my ($extension) = $filename =~ /(\.[^.]+)\z/mx ) { my @readers = ( [ qr/\.t(?:ar\.)?gz\z/ => qw( gzcat ), $filename ], [ qr/\.zip\z/, => qw( unzip -p ), $filename ], [ qr/\.Z\z/ => qw( zcat ), $filename ], [ qr/\.gz\z/ => qw( gzcat ), $filename ], [ qr/\.bz2\z/ => qw( bzcat ), $filename ], ); for my $reader (@readers) { my ( $pattern, @command ) = @{$reader}; if ( $extension =~ $pattern ) { open3( undef, my $fh, undef, @command ); return $fh; } } } open my $fh, '<', $filename or die "Couldn't open $filename: $!"; return $fh; }

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In reply to Re: Top 10 reasons to start using ack by diotalevi
in thread Top 10 reasons to start using ack by petdance

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