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Installing ag: the silver searcher on CentOS.

Installing ag on CentOS


  • libpcre
  • liblzma

Download, build and install

$ sudo yum install -y pcre-devel

$ sudo yum install xz-devel

$ cd /usr/local/src

$ sudo git clone

$ cd the_silver_searcher

$ sudo ./

$ sudo make install

$ which ag
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AyushyaChitransh commented Nov 16, 2018

For people who love copy pasting ;) and for me

sudo yum install -y pcre-devel xz-devel
sudo git clone /usr/local/src/the_silver_searcher
cd /usr/local/src/the_silver_searcher
sudo ./
sudo make install
cd -

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I think this gist came to existence before there was a yum package, for others this works on centos now:
yum install the_silver_searcher

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HamzGPT commented Jul 17, 2019

Thank you !

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For some reason my centos finds no package so it was still useful. Somebody should post how to add a repository with yum ;P

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warb12 commented Nov 20, 2019

I needed zlib dev...

so: sudo yum -y install pcre-devel xz-devel zlib-devel

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warb12 commented Nov 20, 2019

what repo is the_silver_surfer in for CentOS 8 ?

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pilot513 commented Dec 6, 2019

I don't found "the_silver_searcher" for RHEL/OEL 8 release
You must build it form src:
[lot@oel8 src]$ cat /etc/os-release | grep '^NAME=' | cut -d'"' -f2 && uname -vrp Oracle Linux Server 4.18.0-147.0.3.el8_1.x86_64 #1 SMP Wed Nov 20 19:11:37 PST 2019 x86_64

git clone && cd the_silver_searcher/ ./ make sudo make install

`[lot@oel8 ~]$ ll /usr/local/bin/ag && LANG=US /usr/local/bin/ag | head -n10
-rwxr-xr-x. 1 root root 319000 дек 6 11:40 /usr/local/bin/ag

Recursively search for PATTERN in PATH.
Like grep or ack, but faster.
ag -i foo /bar/`

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Also... yum provides the_silver_searcher

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dhull commented Feb 27, 2020

On CentOS 8, you can also build an RPM using the CentOS 7 SRPM. Something like the following worked for me.

curl -O
yum install -y rpm-build xz-devel bash-completion
rpmbuild --rebuild the_silver_searcher-2.1.0-1.el7.src.rpm
sudo yum install $HOME/rpmbuild/RPMS/x86_64/the_silver_searcher-2.1.0-1.el8.x86_64.rpm

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subchen commented May 9, 2020

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If you get:

src/zfile.c:63:9: error: unknown type name ‘z_stream’
         z_stream gz;

you have additional dependency missing:

yum install -y zlib-devel

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