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Re: [Clip] fixup off http:// references to file:/// references

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  • Vance E. Neff
    Sheri, Thanks for the response. Unfortunately the file reference can and does have spaces in some of the directory names. I had simplified the actual leading
    Message 1 of 8 , Oct 3, 2008
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      Sheri,

      Thanks for the response.
      Unfortunately the file reference can and does have spaces in some of the
      directory names. I had simplified the actual leading destination
      directory string with the website_copy term.
      But your approach gave me a good clue. I instead used
      [^"\r\n]+

      Thanks alot!
      Vance

      Sheri wrote:

      >--- In ntb-clips@yahoogroups.com, "Vance E. Neff" <veneff@...> wrote:
      >
      >
      >>Just a correction:
      >>
      >>Then I repeatedly replaced all occurrances of
      >>"file\:///C\:\\website_copy\\dir1(.+)/(.+)"
      >>with
      >>"file\:///C\:\\website_copy\\dir1$1\\$2"
      >>
      >>Vance
      >>
      >>
      >
      >
      >
      >>>The problem is that if there are no / in the reference,
      >>>but there is another " on the same line with a / included
      >>>it finds a match.
      >>>How do I limit the match to the first " after the initial
      >>>"file\:///C\:\\website_copy\\dir1
      >>>match?
      >>>
      >>>
      >
      >I think something got lost there, you're not actually searching for
      >double quotes are you?
      >
      >In any case, I think the problem you're experiencing is because you
      >are searching for dot plus, which can match any multiple characters at
      >all (except by default line break characters). (.+)/(.+) will match
      >every thing on a line up to the last / that has other characters after
      >it, plus those other characters. If you excluded spaces from what can
      >be matched, it would probably help alot (since links can't have spaces
      >in them). But when you make a negative character class, line break
      >characters are not excluded by default, so you would want to exclude
      >them too.
      >
      >Instead of dot plus, try [^\x20\r\n]+
      >
      >It will match up to the last / in the link instead of the last / on
      >the line
      >
      >file\:///C\:\\website_copy\\dir1[^\x20\r\n]+/[^\x20\r\n]+
      >
      >Matching to the last one should be fine since you are repeatedly
      >executing the replace until there are no more matches. You'd still
      >have to do that in order to get all the /'s in the links (if there
      >could be more than one) if you were using an ungreedy search. You can
      >make it ungreedy (if you want to try it) by putting a question mark
      >after those plus signs.
      >
      >Note \x20 is a space in hex. More obvious than empty space, but an
      >empty space would also work fine in the character class.
      >
      >Regards,
      >Sheri
      >
      >
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