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MySQL Windows Users – Use Grep to Search MySQL Source Code

For Windows users, if you try searching the MySQL source code for various strings, you know you will often come up empty with the built-in Windows search.

It wasn’t too long ago and I was searching the source for “MALLOC_OVERHEAD”. My Windows search came up empty, and someone suggested I try grep for Windows.

Well, I downloaded it, extracted it to the location I wanted, and added the .exe to the $PATH.

Now I can grep away!

See the new results when searching for “MALLOC_OVERHEAD”:

C:\mysql-5.5\mysql-5.5>grep -r "MALLOC_OVERHEAD" .
./client/   (longlong) 2*1024L*1024L*1024L, MALLOC_OVERHEAD, 1024, 0},
./client/   REQUIRED_ARG, 16384, 1024, 512*1024*1024L, MALLOC_OVERHEAD, 1024, 0},
./client/mysqldump.c:   (longlong) 2L*1024L*1024L*1024L, MALLOC_OVERHEAD, 1024, 0},
./client/mysqldump.c: …
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