Ripgrep (rg) is a better grep. I would advice you to switch to it.
A short one, but this was not immediately obvious to me when searching through
the Ripgrep man page. When performing a search, you can use the
to ignore a folder. Now do not get me wrong, it is mentioned in the man page.
I was however searching through the man page for “ignore”, while I should have
been searching for “exclude”. Here is the relevant excerpt.
-g, --glob GLOB ...
Include or exclude files and directories for searching that match the given glob. This always overrides any other ignore logic. Multiple glob flags may be used. Globbing rules match .gitignore globs. Precede a glob with a ! to exclude it.
Thus, if you want to search for
foo occurrences, but are not interested in
anything in the
bar folder, you can use
rg foo -g '!bar/'
Note that without the
/, a file called
bar will also be ignored.