Any fancy grep utility replacements out there?

Robert Kern robert.kern at
Fri Apr 4 22:06:24 CEST 2008

samslists at wrote:
> Thanks to everyone who responded, and sorry for my late response.
> Grin seems like the perfect solution for me.  I finally had a chance
> to download it and play with it today.  It's great.
> were kind enough to ask if I had any requests.  Just the
> one right now of grepping through gzip files.  If for some reason you
> don't want to do it or don't have time to do it, I could probably do
> it and send you a patch.  But I imagine that since you wrote the code,
> you could do it more elegantly than I could.

I was hoping that the code would be understandable enough that it shouldn't 
matter who's modifying it. But I have a plane trip tomorrow; I'll take a stab at it.

> P.S.  Robert....this program totally deserves a real web page, not
> just being buried in an svn repository.  I spent a lot of time looking
> for a tool like this that was written in python.  I imagine others
> have as well, and have simply given up.

It will. Eventually.

Robert Kern

"I have come to believe that the whole world is an enigma, a harmless enigma
  that is made terrible by our own mad attempt to interpret it as though it had
  an underlying truth."
   -- Umberto Eco

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