Elgrep allows you to grep files in a directory and recursively in its sub-directories.
It lists the found matches in an
*elgrep* buffer (much like occur).
New users should input the search data in the
*elgrep-menu* buffer opened by the command M-x
The minor mode
elgrep-edit-mode can be toggled on through the menu item
Elgrep -> Elgrep-edit in the
*elgrep* buffer it is also bound to the key sequence C-c C-e. The user experience in editing the
*elgrep* buffer is a bit different from that one editing the
*occur* buffer.The edits are not performed instantaneous in the corresponding file buffer but you save the edits in the
*elgrep* buffer with
save-buffer (normally bound to C-x C-s) when you are done.
The edits in the
*elgrep* buffer are applied to the files with the matches on
- You can install elgrep via melpa. If you have registered correctly
package-archives you just call M-x
- You can use the option
Run asynchronously in the
*elgrep-menu* buffer even if that one is marked as
experimentally. I use it for years now and it is rock-solid. The only drawback is the weak feedback if no matches are found. It just prints a message
No matches found in the echo area.
- If you save the edits from the
*elgrep* buffer elgrep checks whether it finds the old matches in the listed files. It does not apply the edit for a match if it does not find the old match. This is a measure of caution. It has the drawback that you can/should not edit and save matches multiple times without a new run of
- You can edit the matched texts in the
*elgrep* buffer but you cannot edit the file names or the line numbers for the matches. They are protected with the
read-only text property.