Introduction: what is pss?
pss is a power-tool for searching inside source code files. pss searches recursively within a directory tree, knows which extensions and file names to search and which to ignore, automatically skips directories you wouldn't want to search in (for example .svn or .git), colors its output in a helpful way, and does much more.
If you're familiar with the ack tool, then you will find pss very similar (see https://bitbucket.org/eliben/pss/wiki/PssAndAck).
pss needs only Python to run. It works with with Python versions 2.6, 2.7 and 3.2 on Linux and Windows. Some testing was done on on Mac OS X and FreeBSD as well.
pss can be installed from PyPi (Python package index):
> pip install pss
Alternatively, you can download the source distribution either from PyPi or go to the Downloads tab on the pss project page and pick the version you're interested in from Tags. When you unzip the source distribution, run:
> python setup.py install
Running without installing
pss supports direct invocation even without installing it. This may be useful if you're on a machine without administrator rights, or want to experiment with a source distribution of pss.
Just unzip the pss distribution into some directory. Let's assume its full path is /path/to/pss. You can now run:
> /path/to/python /path/to/pss
And this will invoke pss as expected. This command can also be tied to an alias or placed in a shell (or batch) script for convenience.
How to use it?
pss is meant to be executed from the command line. Running it with no arguments or with -h will print a detailed usage message.
For some detailed usage examples, check out the Usage wiki page - https://bitbucket.org/eliben/pss/wiki/Usage.
pss is open-source software. Its code is in the public domain. See the LICENSE file for more details.