Highlighting strings in text output with histring

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Recently there was an article on this site discussing adding colour highlighting to grep. Now we're going to look at a general purpose highlighting tool called histring.

If you like to work in console more than X, and like text tools more than GUI ones then histring is definitely a tool for you!

histring simply highlights strings using ANSI terminal escape codes. It is extremely small and lighting fast. I almost use it everywhere in my script where I need a quick peek into large output. Moreover, you almost don't need to learn it, as its syntax is almost identical to grep.

The following two example will turn you into a histring-pro:

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