ack 1.90 released


I just released ack version 1.90 to CPAN. If you don't know about ack, it's a text searching tool for programmers aimed specifically at searching large trees of code. Find out more at

Here's the changelog for this version:

1.90        Mon Sep  7 23:24:24 CDT 2009
Added Ada support.  Thanks to Shaun Patterson.

Added -r, -R and --recurse options as in grep.  They have no
effect because directory recursion is on by default.  Also added
--no-recurse for orthoganality. Thanks to Mark Stosberg and
Ryan Niebur.

Version in --version is prettier.  Thanks, Ori Avtalion.

Added an updated from Adam James.

Expanded --files-without-match to --files-without-matches.

Removed all the hi-bit characters, so we don't have any encoding
problems.  It's all entities now.

Fixed capture-stderr to localize some globals that were obscuring
errors.  Thanks very much to Christopher Madsen.

Fixed uninitialized errors in tickets #138 and #159.

Fixed an incorrect command line in the docs for -f.

Added notes on --pager.  Thanks to Mike Morearty.

Made the squash program more robust when handling POD.  Thanks
to Kent Fredric.

1.89_02     Wed May 13 16:20:21 CDT 2009
Updated Makefile.PL to use new ExtUtils::MakeMaker features.
Thanks, Schwern.

--version now shows the version of Perl that ack is running
under, and the full path to the Perl executable.

Added new switches --color-match and --color-filename, which
let you define ACK_COLOR_MATCH and ACK_COLOR_FILENAME from the
command line.

Added new switch --column to display the column of the first
hit on the row.  Thanks to Eric Van Dewoestine.

Added .ss to --scheme.

No longer die if you have a .tar.gz file in your tree.

More tweaks to get the detection of input and output pipes

Fixed an amazingly bad call to cmp_ok() in t/ack-passthru.t.

Started an ack FAQ.


That ack is a fantastic utility and I've used it so much that I don't know what I'd do without it.

Ack is a huge time saver. Now I can take more coffee breaks!

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