I want to comment out all environments say myenv in a tex-file. I can find them with the regexp:


(instead of \n I had do type C-q C-j).

But what would be the correct regexp for replacing? How to reverse it, i.e. uncomment all environments myenv?

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    Can be done in emacs. But I wonder whether it would be better to use the LaTeX-package "comment" for this purpose. With this package you can set \excludecomment{myenv} in the document preamble. Your regexp is interesting in the aspect that you only allow one newline behind \\begin{myenv} and the backslash for the or-operator is missing. I would expect \\begin{myenv}\(.\|n\)*\\end{myenv} as regexp.
    – Tobias
    Commented Mar 22, 2016 at 11:59
  • I just wanted to add that you have to type C-q C-j for the newline character n in my last comment. You have already mentioned that in your question.
    – Tobias
    Commented Mar 22, 2016 at 12:09
  • I think a better solution would be to write a loop to find all myenv environments and applying comment-region to each match. Or apply uncomment-region to undo it. You should be able to use the same regexp for both cases. (Sorry, don't have the time to flesh this out to a proper answer.) Commented Mar 22, 2016 at 12:23

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I think, for what you are doing, the comment by Tobias provides a superior solution. And this question gives quite a few options for commenting out chunks of code. That said, I'll assume this is an issue with using emacs, rather than latex.

Make your entire regex match a group \(regex\), then the regex to replace it will be similar to \\iffalse \1 \\fi.

An easier solution would be to write a keyboard macro that finds the begin\end environment commands and inserts the comment code there.


M-x re-search-forward RET


followed by M-x comment-dwim RET


comment-dwim is at M-;

After re-search-forward the region should be visible.

If not C-x C-x resp. M-xexchange-point-and-markRET

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