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Re: RegEx Help for Find in Files

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  • omcmiami
    ... dZ, That s what I thought after repeated RegEx s got ignored. Thanks VERY much for your help! Regards, -Rudy
    Message 1 of 3 , Dec 2, 2010
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      --- In editplus@yahoogroups.com, DZ-Jay <dz@...> wrote:
      >
      > On 12/02/2010 08:56, omcmiami wrote:
      > > I'm trying to find the correct Regular Expression to use (actually
      > > exclude) files when using the the "Find in Files" search utility.
      > >
      > > I have a VERY large number of backup files that have been renamed as such:
      > >
      > > header-2010-08-16.htm
      > > header_a-2009-06-29.inc
      > > header-2010-06-24.tpl
      > >
      > > I'm trying to exclude these files when doing a "Find in Files" search.
      > > I've been unable to write a usable RegEx to exclude files named in this
      > > manner - namely, any file with ####-##-## in the file name. Since
      > > nothing I've tried seems to work, I'm not even sure RegEx's can be used
      > > in the EXCLUDE field.
      > >
      > > Can you use a RegEx in the Exclude field of "Find in Files"?
      > >
      > > If so, any ideas on a proper RegEx to exclude ####-##-##?
      > >
      > > Thank you in advance...
      >
      > Rudy,
      > You are right, the "Exclude" field in the "Find in Files" window only
      > accepts DOS file name "globbing" patterns, which are very limited. Just
      > in case, below is a reference to the pattern matching rules for DOS:
      >
      > '*' Matches zero or more characters, except a '.'
      > '?' Matches any single character
      > '.' Matches a literal '.'
      >
      > To exclude files with the patterns you mentioned, you can try something
      > like:
      > *????-??-??.*
      >
      > However, this will not do exactly what you expect. keep in mind that
      > "?" stands for "any character," not just a digit. That pattern will
      > then exclude anything that has "four characters, followed by dash,
      > followed by two characters, followed by a dash, followed by two more
      > characters, followed by the extension." In will exclude,
      > "header-2010-08-016.htm", but it will also exclude "fred-01-foo.htm".
      >
      > Unfortunately, this is as good as it gets with the EditPlus built-in
      > search. For more elaborate searches, you may want to try a dedicated
      > searching tool, like Agent Ransack, which is free:
      >
      > http://www.mythicsoft.com/page.aspx?type=agentransack&page=home
      >
      > dZ.
      >

      dZ,

      That's what I thought after repeated RegEx's got ignored.

      Thanks VERY much for your help!

      Regards,
      -Rudy
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