I use grep-mode for a set of files and wgrep (writable grep buffer) for editing them. The buffer usually looks like:

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I want to find a way to change the view like this:

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wgrep and compile-goto-error should work as usual.

Upd. It works for wgrep and compile-goto-error now. Additional spaces for regexp are needed:

(setcar (car grep-regexp-alist)
        "^\\(.+?\\)\\(:[ \t]*\\)\\([1-9][0-9]*\\)[ \t]*\\2")

It turns out wgrep-default-line-header-regexp already had required additional spaces.

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    This sounds a lot like "Write a package for me." – nispio Jul 4 '16 at 3:15
  • I think it would be made by setting of grep-regexp-alist and wgrep-default-line-header-regexp and some trick with align-regexp. Maybe someone had already done something like that. I've stuck with it a little. – artscan Jul 4 '16 at 3:25
  • I don't understand why you want this, it might help someone come up with a usable answer. Personally, I never even look at the grep output, I just keep using next-error and looking at the files themselves. – MAP Jul 5 '16 at 8:03
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    It is because of wgrep (writable grep buffer) is used for in-place editing (like wdired-mode for dired). – artscan Jul 5 '16 at 8:11

Here is the complete solution:

(setcar (car grep-regexp-alist)
        "^\\(.+?\\)\\(:[ \t]*\\)\\([1-9][0-9]*\\)[ \t]*\\2")

(defun eab/grep-align ()
  (read-only-mode -1)
  (toggle-truncate-lines 1)
    (compilation-next-error 1)
    (call-interactively 'set-mark-command)
    (align-regexp (region-beginning) (region-end) "\\(:[0-9]+\\)\\(\\):" 2 1 t))
  (read-only-mode 1))

(defun eab/wgrep-change-to-wgrep-mode ()
  (call-interactively 'wgrep-change-to-wgrep-mode))
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