After typing ack 'sub foo' lib for the approximately thousandth time during some refactoring sessions, I couldn't be bothered anymore and added the following snippet to my realias (after some googling on how to get params into an alias, which does not work in bash, so I had to solve it via a bash function):

sack () {
   ack "sub $1" lib

To find a given method in some of our labyrinthine code, I now say

~/projects/Foo-Bar$ sack annoying_method

and get a list of all occurrences.


P.S.: The name sack has nothing do with subroutine ack, but of course comes from the Austrian saying "Gemma ned am sack, oida!"

P.P.S.: Cross-posted from use.perl, because I haven't made up my mind yet if/when/how I migrate my blog form there to here...

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user-pic Just in case you like to know, I'm currently full-time father of 2 kids, half-time Perl hacker, sort-of DJ, bicyclist, no longer dreadlocked and more than 34 years old but too lazy to update my profile once a year. I'm also head of, no longer maintainer of the CPANTS project, member of the TPF Grants Commitee and the YAPC Europe Foundation. I've got stuff on CPAN, held various talks and organise the Austrian Perl Workshops and YAPC::Europe 2007.