If you're not doing this already, then you should use the Silver Searcher within Vim for rapid, convenient file searching. In a nutshell, ag offers similar functionality to ack but with much better performance.
It's easily installed - on OSX, run:
$ brew install the_silver_searcher
Urge Vim to use it for :grep commands by adding the following to ~/.vimrc:
if executable('ag') " Note we extract the column as well as the file and line number set grepprg=ag\ --nogroup\ --nocolor\ --column set grepformat=%f:%l:%c%m endif
:grep searches are now lightning-fast and respectful of your ~/.gitignore patterns. It's genuinely impressive.
Improve your efficiency further by remapping the keys for jumping through search matches (stored in the "quickfix" list):
nmap <silent> <RIGHT> :cnext<CR> nmap <silent> <LEFT> :cprev<CR>
I'm using the cursor keys since I normally have them disabled.
- Faster Grepping in Vim by Dan Croak - this shows how to use the Silver searcher with the CtrlP plugin.
- The Vim plugin ag.vim.