grep --color Problem
grep is a very useful tool to have around on Windows. (See this post for information on installing it for Windows.) However, the
grep --color parameter does not work with the Windows command console. When looking for a search string in long lines, the need for color becomes crucial. Sadly, there is no grep clone for Windows that does color output.
If you do not have Perl, you need to install Strawberry Perl. Install Ack using the command
cpan App::Ack. This might exit with a few warnings. To force it to install Ack anyway use
cpan -f App::Ack.
Once Ack is installed, it can be used just like grep. For example:
$ set | ack -i processor
Enabling Color for Ack
You will notice that Ack does not display the matched string in color. It does not need a
--color parameter since it uses color by default. However, to gain access to the color output capability on Windows, it needs some help. Install the following from CPAN:
$ cpan Win32::Console::ANSI
Ack will highlight the matched strings in color after this! 😊