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One of the most useful skills you can acquire to make you faster at
almost any job that uses a computer is getting good at finding text in
your current working diretory and identifying the files that its in. I
often use the silver searcher
ag or ripgrep
rg to find files in
large directories quickly. Both have a sane set of defaults that ignore
hidden and gitignored files, but getting them to list only the filenames
and not the matched was not trivial to me.
I've searched throught he help/man pages many times looking for these flags and they always seem to evade me.
Passing the flag
-l to ag will get it to list only the filepath, and
not the match. Here I gave it a
--md as well to only return markdown
ag supports a number of filetypes in a very similar way.
ag nvim --md -l
--files-with-matches flag will yield you a similar set
of results, giving only the filepaths themselves and not the match
statement. Also passing in the
-g "*.md" will similarly yield only
results from markdown files.
rg --files-with-matches you -g "*.md"