I have evil-mode installed and am trying to get PCRE regexes working everywhere.

I currently have pcre2el installed (https://github.com/joddie/pcre2el) and evil mode installed as well. I also have pcre2el turned on everywhere with

(pcre-mode t)

As an example, I want to search and replace for bar followed by any number of digits in the following file:


If I do an incremental search, it works. E.g. if I do this:


It works. It finds lines 2, 3 and 4 and highlights them all appropriately, finding the all of the digits after foo.

Search and replace, however, does not use the PCRE regexes. If I do this:


It does not recognize the parens (it thinks they need to be entered as \( and \)) and it does not recognize \d as a character class -- I need to do the following to get it to work:


Is there something I'm missing here, or is it just that the pcre2el package does not work with search and replace in evil mode?

  • Does it work with standard emacs commands like isearch and query replace? Given that pcre-mode is experimental, it's likely that it won't work properly with third party commands. – Qudit Dec 28 '18 at 20:58
  • It works with M-x query-replace-regexp. The help text in the mini-buffer says "[PCRE] Query replace regexp" and I can do this successfully: M-x query-replace-regexp <return> foo(\d+) <return> f\1oo <return>. It does not work for re-search-forward`. – Scott Patten Dec 28 '18 at 22:01
  • I suggest you file a bug report. The page indicates that the mode is experimental and bug reports are welcome. – Qudit Dec 28 '18 at 22:10

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