exercism fetch elixir grep


Search a file for lines matching a regular expression pattern. Return the line number and contents of each matching line.

The Unix grep command can be used to search for lines in one or more files that match a user-provided search query (known as the pattern).

The grep command takes three arguments:

  1. The pattern used to match lines in a file.
  2. Zero or more flags to customize the matching behavior.
  3. One or more files in which to search for matching lines.

Your task is to implement the grep function, which should read the contents of the specified files, find the lines that match the specified pattern and then output those lines as a single string. Note that the lines should be output in the order in which they were found, with the first matching line in the first file being output first.

As an example, suppose there is a file named "input.txt" with the following contents:

hello again

If we were to call grep "hello" input.txt, the returned string should be:

hello again


As said earlier, the grep command should also support the following flags:

If we run grep -n "hello" input.txt, the -n flag will require the matching lines to be prefixed with its line number:

3:hello again

And if we run grep -i "HELLO" input.txt, we'll do a case-insensitive match, and the output will be:

hello again

The grep command should support multiple flags at once.

For example, running grep -l -v "hello" file1.txt file2.txt should print the names of files that do not contain the string "hello".

Running tests

Execute the tests with:

$ elixir bob_test.exs

(Replace bob_test.exs with the name of the test file.)

Pending tests

In the test suites, all but the first test have been skipped.

Once you get a test passing, you can unskip the next one by commenting out the relevant @tag :pending with a # symbol.

For example:

# @tag :pending
test "shouting" do
  assert Bob.hey("WATCH OUT!") == "Whoa, chill out!"

Or, you can enable all the tests by commenting out the ExUnit.configure line in the test suite.

# ExUnit.configure exclude: :pending, trace: true

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Conversation with Nate Foster. http://www.cs.cornell.edu/Courses/cs3110/2014sp/hw/0/ps0.pdf

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