I have some text that looks like this:
"CFName" "CLName" "CDOB" "CGender"
I would like to get output where are of the text inside the double quotes is lowercased, like this:
"cfname" "clname" "cdob" "cgender"
So I've tried to use
M-x replace-regexp with the regexp being
\(".*"\) and the replace as
\,(downcase \1). Which is how it is explained in this question. The selection does what I expect, but the replacement doesn't.
What I get is:
"cfname" "clname" "CDOB" "cgender"
The groups that are in ALL CAPS aren't downcased. I've tried using downcase-region and downcase-word but those both fail with errors such as
Wrong type argument: integerp, #("\"CG_DOB\"" 0 8 (fontified t)). I don't understand why downcase doesn't work with a group that is all caps.
How do I get this replace-regexp to downcase all groups?
I'm using GNU Emacs 24.3.1. The problem persists even if I start emacs with the -Q (don't use .emacs) flag. I've tried it in both sql-mode and text-mode with the same result.
I've tried this on the following two versions of emacs with the same results:
GNU Emacs 24.5.1 (x86_64-apple-darwin14.4.0) of 2015-07-20
GNU Emacs 24.3.1 (x86_64-pc-linux-gnu) of 2014-03-07 on lamiak, modified by Debian
emacs -Q(no init file)? If it does, recursively bisect your init file to find the problem. If it does not, try to give more details (baby steps, what mode, what Emacs version, etc.).
emacs -Q(on MS Windows), with different Emacs versions, and it works fine for me. (BTW, you don't even say what the replacement does; you just say that it does not do what you expect. What is the result of replacing? No change?)
M-: (downcase "CDOB")? IOW, is the problem with the use of
replace-regexpof with downcasing (on your platform etc.)?