- A collection of power tools for the Linux/Unix/macOS command line

Alternative tools

The standard Unix tools have lasted us for decades. Every programmer should know them, but there are plenty of tools that add on to the standard tools. For example, grep works fine for finding text, but tools like ack and ripgrep are designed for today’s modern programmer working with large trees of heterogeneous source code.


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Additions and errata

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