Search File Names using ripgrep
The other day I was wondering if I could use ripgrep to do a combined
search of file names and their content. While this feature does not come out of
the box, it turns out that one can implement it in a straightforward way.
Ripgrep comes with a
--files flag which lists all files that a search
operation would consider (Remember: ripgrep can decide to skip files based on
some criteria, e.g. if a file is listed in a
.gitignore file). Since the
--files is text based, we can use a pipe to also search through
those lines as well. A bash script could look like this:
rg --files | rg "$1" rg "$1"
Other command line tools such as
find or fd might be better suited to
search for file names, but the above approach has a convenience aspect, since we
can use the same search expression for two different searches. Thanks Andrew for
coming up with such an awesome tool!