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Introduction: what is pss?

You can think of pss as an enhanced grep designed to search inside source code files. pss is very similar to the Perl ack tool (see


pss needs only Python to run. It works with with Python versions 2.6, 2.7 and 3.2 on Linux and Windows (though I don't see a reason it shouldn't work on other platforms as well).


When you unzip the source distribution, run:

> python install

Alternatively, pss can be installed from PyPi (Python package index):

> pip install pss

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 -


pss is open-source software. Its code is in the public domain. See the LICENSE file for more details.

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Tip: Filter by directory path e.g. /media app.js to search for public/media/app.js.
Tip: Use camelCasing e.g. ProjME to search for
Tip: Filter by extension type e.g. /repo .js to search for all .js files in the /repo directory.
Tip: Separate your search with spaces e.g. /ssh pom.xml to search for src/ssh/pom.xml.
Tip: Use ↑ and ↓ arrow keys to navigate and return to view the file.
Tip: You can also navigate files with Ctrl+j (next) and Ctrl+k (previous) and view the file with Ctrl+o.
Tip: You can also navigate files with Alt+j (next) and Alt+k (previous) and view the file with Alt+o.