Jeremy Dunck Jeremy Dunck - 6 months ago 9
Perl Question

Where should I put the ack configuration file on Windows?

I'm using ack (the grep replacement) on Windows XP under Strawberry Perl. Where should the .ackrc config file be placed, since ~/.ackrc is not reasonable on Windows?

Answer

For windows (MSWin32, anyway), ack looks in the following places and uses the first file found:

$ENV{ACKRC}
$ENV{HOME}/.ackrc
$ENV{HOME}/_ackrc
$ENV{USERPROFILE}/.ackrc
$ENV{USERPROFILE}/_ackrc

All but the first are subject to glob-expansion, so watch out for meta-characters in your environment variables.

When not on windows, HOME and USERPROFILE are replaced by ~ and HOME, respectively.