Dired has the interactive function dired-do-find-regexp-and-replace which can be match based on the regexp you have passed and perform the replace.

But I'm looking for non regex variant of dired-do-find-regexp-and-replace where I don't have to pass the regexp. Is something like that available for dired ? I'm okay with using additional dired based packages for it, if they provide the non-regexp version of the function.

  • Please be more specific, if possible with an example. How it's supposed to match something you don't pass?
    – Muihlinn
    Jun 4 '20 at 10:52
  • @Muihlinn I can see how the question is confusing. I have edited it. Does that make it better ?
    – Sibi
    Jun 4 '20 at 10:54
  • Pass a literal string as regexp, you'll just have to look for chars that can match a regexp operator.
    – Muihlinn
    Jun 4 '20 at 11:08
  • @Muihlinn But my literal string has regex characters in it (and I don't want to escape them).
    – Sibi
    Jun 4 '20 at 11:23
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    Both Q&A look good to me. Searching for "regexp-quote" doesn't suggest that the question is a duplicate or that answers elsewhere involving regexp-quote are relevant here.
    – Drew
    Jun 4 '20 at 15:43

Use dired-do-find-regexp-and-replace but making use of regexp-quote to match only the literal string of its argument. This way you'll use the quoted regexp only as search string, without touching the original.

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