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I've not used ag but just a small shout out for ack: it's a single Perl file (easy to install, v1.x will work with even antique Perl), it works on weird hardware/OS (no compilation required), it contains its own man-page (ack -man) and is fast enough for typical sysadmin tasks and moderate size codebases.

(Ack also supports the full PCRE syntax but that's less of an issue now rg has -P).

If your work takes you to minority platforms ack is certainly worth keeping in your toolbox.




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