I'm a fan of Andy Lester's App::Ack module. This a is a perl program that you can use as a replacement of grep.
Today I wrote a little Vim plugin that integrate ack with Vim. This is a quick hack, it works for me with vim7/ubuntu and vim6.3/fedora.
Just copy/paste the following lines in ~/.vim/plugin/ack.vim
" usage: " (the same as ack, except that the path is required) " examples: " :Ack TODO . " :Ack sub Util.pm function! Ack(args) let cmd = "ack -H --nocolor --nogroup " . a:args echo "running: " . cmd let tmpfile = tempname() let cmd = cmd . " > " . tmpfile call system(cmd) let efm_bak = &efm set efm=%f:%l:%m execute "silent! cgetfile " . tmpfile let &efm = efm_bak botright copen call delete(tmpfile) endfunction command! -nargs=* -complete=file Ack call Ack(
ack-1.60 is out, and the documentation mentions another way to integrate ack and vim by using the :grep function of vim:
I think this is a better solution, and to make it nicely integrated with
vim, I wrote this new little function:
function! Ack(args) let grepprg_bak=&grepprg set grepprg=ack\ -H\ --nocolor\ --nogroup execute "silent! grep " . a:args botright copen let &grepprg=grepprg_bak endfunction command! -nargs=* -complete=file Ack call Ack(
Just replace the old code by the new one in ~/.vim/plugin/ack.vim
This time it works even if you don't specify the path, and you can still use the :grep function as before, grepprg is saved and restored.