I'm not what you would call a UNIX power user. I'm more of a UNIX casual user. I don't agree with the zealots who claim that the command line is king, and shell scripts keep the world spinning. It's a pain to remember the myriad of switches, and to remember the differences in those switches between platforms (BSD find requires a pathname, GNU find does not), etc. Maybe my distaste of the command line is why my primary computer is a Mac.
In any case, I was rooting around in the Android source code today, looking for examples involving the NotificationManager. I managed to whip up the following pipeline, of which I am proud.
grep -rl --include=*.java NotificationManager . | xargs grep -l "\.clear" | xargs mate
To break that down,
To summarize, this pipeline opens a text editor with every .java file in the android source code that contains both of the strings "NotificationManager" and ".clear". In my case, I was looking for all invocations of NotificationManager.clear(). Since the Android source code seems to be pretty consistent about explicitly importing all classes used, this scheme works pretty well.
If anybody knows of any command-line tools for searching a code base for Java-aware constructs (such as method definition, method invocation, etc.), please let me know! Something like that would be really, really handy. Eclipse provides all that, but it doesn't look trivial to get all of the Android source code into Eclipse projects.