Questions tagged [regular-expressions]

is for patterns specifying search or replace strings. Also known as `regex` or `regexp`, the patterns describe strings to match when searching or replacing. Emacs provides extensive support for `regex` patterns in many commands. Emacs also provides an interactive expression builder for such patterns.

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LaTeX-aware sentence endings?

Q: how do I define sentence endings to be LaTeX macro-aware? I'd like backward-sentence and forward-sentence to be smarter about LaTeX macros -- particularly \footnote -- when working in LaTeX ...
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Is point in a regexp?

I am looking for something like thing-at-point for a regexp. For example, I want a function called regexp-at-point-p that will return the matched text if the text around the point matches the regexp ...
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How to count regexp in a string and use that number in replacement?

In my LaTeX code I want to replace these strings: \left.\left.\left. \left.\left. \left. with: \left.\left.\left. \mycommand{3} \left.\left. \mycommand{2} \left. \mycommand{1} where the argument ...
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Generate a date tree from timestamps in org-mode

Since I was interested in doing my early capture-templates, I was tempted to go with this template below: ("j" "Reference type: Journal" entry (file+headline "~/Dropbox/orgfiles/gtd/ref.org" "...
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org-table: hide grid lines

I like how org-mode allows me to quickly create and edit tables. However, I do not like the table's appearance and I would like to modify it. Customizing the face only lets me change foreground and ...
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Switch from Dired to Wdired rename file and directory errors when using "-F" or "--classify" ls switch regex help

If you set -F or --classify in the dired-actual-switches then it places a / at the end of directory names and * at the end of executables. When you finish renaming the files, these characters are ...
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Automatic radio targets from org-mode headlines

Is there a way to have headlines in org-mode automatically behave as radio targets? Basically, I am looking for each line starting with * get turned into a radio target. For example: * My Headline ...
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Upper/lower regexp char classes and current-case-table

I seem to have a problem with [:upper:] [:lower:] and Unicode characters. This test fails: (ert-deftest haskell-upper () (set-buffer (get-buffer-create "*haskell-mode-buffer*")) (insert "Ż") (...
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adding highlight to parts of a regexp

I am pretty new to emacs so please excuse the rookie question. So I am editing a helm chart template, and have enabled yaml-mode since most of helm uses yaml. but I wanted to add some highlighting to ...
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Can I limit refile targets with helm using a regular expression?

I would like to be able to use regular expressions in helm when selecting a refile target following an org-refile call. For example, if my list of targets includes 1. H1/ 1. H1/P1/ 1. H1/P1/C1/ 1. H1/...
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How can I fix my re-replace-region function in which match data gets clobbered?

I have an ancient function I've been using for decades which performs a regexp replacement in a region: (defun re-replace-region (begin end old new) "Replace occurrences of REGEXP with TO-STRING ...
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Variant of read-regexp that shows matching string candidates upon TAB

I'm looking for an extension of read-regexp, that given an additional parameter of completion candidates, shows the matching subset of these candidates in the minibuffer, when tab is pressed. Similar ...
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org-mode: specifying a hyperlink target as regex and jumping directly to match?

The documentation of a Fortran code, being done in org-mode, is intended to be done in such a way that changing the Fortran source code to be documented should be kept at a minimum. There is the ...
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Ignoring specific files in recentf-mode by their exact filenames

I am having trouble to Ignoring specific files in recentf-mode. (add-to-list 'recentf-exclude "company-statistics-cache.el") On my end, I want to ignore them by their exact file names instead of ...
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Why correct regexp not work in query-replace-regexp?

I want to add 400 in every line where has text "finished". Here text and regexp: as you can see the regexp is correct "finished":\s-*[0-9]+ Nice. Now I use this regexp in query-replace-regexp ...
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Is there is an existing parser for `.gitignore` files?

Is there is an existing parser for .gitignore files? Maybe there is some Elisp package that includes something like this? Ideally, I would like to be able to read a .gitignore file in a given ...
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Simple regexp inside emacs keyboard macro

Newbie question: I'm trying to record a keyboard macro with a simple regexp inside (search-backward-regexp ^[0-9]). This works well when recording the macro, but as soon as I try to execute it, the ...
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How can I split LaTeX inline math from preceeding or following sticked words?

I have this LaTeX code: Lorem $math$ ipsum $math$dolor sit consecteruer adipscing elit, sed do eiusmod tempor incidunt ut labore et dolore magna aliqua. $math$Ut $math$ enim ad minim veniam$math$, ...
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Regular expression to match a URL

I am trying to construct a regexp for URLs (for grabbing them out quickly out of a paragraph, region, etc.). I don't need it advanced, but I am having some troubles with it. Here is my attempt, which ...
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Change regex-builder-mode hook to use <C-s>

I recently discovered emacs's "regex-builder" mode and am absolutely loving it. However, there doesn't seem to be an easy way to type in an expression in the "RE-Bulider" buffer and use that ...
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JavaScript regular expressions in re-builder

Is there any package that allows me to input regular expressions following the JavaScript syntax (or even Perl Compatible Reg. Exp.)? I want to have an interactive regular expression builder (like re-...
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How to set ps-end-cut-regexp

I often use ps-print-buffer to print out files, but I don't want the first few lines of the buffer to be printed. Here's the beginning of the buffer: # -*- mode: org; -*- # Last updated: <2017/12/...
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Help Aligning a Pattern with `align-regexp`

How can I use M-x align-regexp to align by // All ; after // All , within [] after // For example: With text: Line 1 ; B // Comment 1 [11, 22] ; Comment 2 [3333, 4] Line 2 C // Comment 3 [3, 55] ...
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using re-search-forward in yas-snippet

I'm trying to develop a new yas-snippet for expanding a common c++ log function I use a lot. The first parameter to the LOG function can be guessed by searching for existing LOG calls in the buffer. ...
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Can you use a regexp in an abbrev definition?

I want to replace words like 1st with 1^{st} and 102nd with 102^{nd} while typing in emacs. Basically I want to replace things that match this: "\([0-9]+\)\(st\|nd\|rd\|th\)" with this \1^{\2} as I ...
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Good way to match symmetric delimiters

I am trying to match $$ resp $ pairs to switch into latex-mode via polymode in a markdown file. $$ is the delimiter for displayed math in this case and $ for inline math. I know that this is not a ...
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org-mode smart-quotes (probably prb with the regexps)

I have a problem with org smart-quotes. There are two cases that don't seem to be covered by the standard regexps to identify quotes, namely in the case '" and the case "'. The double quote in both ...
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How to properly use a regex for font locking

I'm stuck with a specific problem, I'm writing a major-mode for a language that supports multiple assignment, meaning that: let s = 9 let x, y, z = 1, 2, 3 var k = 11 var a, c = 4, 5 Are all valid ...
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Measuring cyclomatic complexity of nested s-exp

I would like to measure the Cyclomatic Complexity on a file or a region of elisp code. By counting the maximum number of nested s-exp.
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Using a regexp for counting matches

I have the following function that uses a regexp for counting matches, but I have difficulty coming up with regexp expressions to test it. (defun rk-regex-count (regex rgn-beg rgn-end) "...
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Regexp syntax for helm-ag -G

I just noticed that ag -GFilenamePattern\.\*ext ContentPattern works from command line, but in helm-ag calling it with -GFilenamePattern\.\*ext ContentPattern does not (while -GFilenamePattern ...
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Collect all hashtags from all files within a projectile project

I have a projectile project full of markdown files with hashtags (#sample). I would like to read all the files within the project, collect all hashtags by regex, and use them with company for ...
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Can't find text end by "Logger" in many files

Linux Mint 20.2 Emacs 27.2 In current folder and many subfolders I has many files with tne next content: private static Logger logger = Logger .getLogger(JdbcDefaultAccountStatusDao.class); Here ...
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Syntax classes in character alternative regex group

I want to build a regex to match a group of characters which belong either to word (\sw) or to symbol (\s_) syntax groups. Is it possible to use syntax classes in the character alternative group regex ...
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Replace regex in string elisp for emphasis like strings

I'm fairly new to Emacs and Elisp, and am tinkering around to customize to my liking. I'd like to be able to highlight some text in Emacs and also have it displayed when exporting to html, just like ...
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Highlighting all matched groups in font-lock-add-keywords rule

I'm trying to highlight variable-type in custom let-like form that looks like: (mylet ((<variable-type> <variable-name> <variable-value>) (...)) <some-forms>) To do ...
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Defining a poly-mode for python docstrings

I was trying to define a polymode so python docstrings have markdown-mode in them. My code for now is: (use-package polymode :ensure t :config (define-hostmode poly-python-hostmode :...
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Command to fix internal org broken links in HTML export

I'm trying to export a bunch of org entries with numerous internal links to an external website. These links get broken during the export, but I can mostly recreate the correct URLs with some simple ...
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How can we get input using emacs?

In order to compile my lua code i use this config (defun lua-main-compile () "use lua to compile my lua code" (interactive) (compile "lua main.lua")) In my lua code ...
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How can I paste a defvar into the minibuffer?

I've written a regular expression to transform Markdown links into Org Mode links and I've stored it into a variable. (defvar markdown-link-to-org-regexp "s/\[\(.+\)\](\(.+\))/[[\2][\1]]") ...
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Why is Emacs hanging or seeming like it isin an infinite loop?

In my current Emacs major-mode for Tecplot macro development, I have a few functions defined: (defconst tecplot-macro-mode-syntax-table (let ((table (make-syntax-table))) ;; ' is a string ...
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Regular expression for finding 'href' attribute value of <a> HTML element

I need a regex pattern for finding web page links in HTML. For example <a href="https://www.google.com/search?q=elisp+regex+lookaround" ....></a> I can use (?<=href=\").+?(?=\") | (?&...
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Regex search and edit text simultaneously with multiple cursors

I'd like to search for a pattern with regex and simultaneously cut or edit all instances of that pattern. Is there a ready-made function for this? Atom, for example, has one such package - by ...
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How to write regex to change the go keywords color?

I want to change the color which in package import go defer in go-mode ,need a regex..these code only change the pacakge word color (defface my-font-lock-gokeyword-face `((t (:foreground "#...
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Has matches , but re-builder print "No matches"

Emacs 26.1 In scratch buffer I has text KRW-EOS hel-how hello-how-ar h-privet kak-del 123-567 aaa-bbb AAA-BBB AAAA-BBBB AAA-BB AA-BBB A-A AAAAAAAAAA BBBBBB AAA BBB ZZZ-YYY M-x regexp-builder Input ...
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Removing and adding newlines around expressions

I am in the process of formatting a couple of hundred markdown files and am trying to automate that process. I am having two problems, but I guess I can ask two questions ;) Goal I am trying to ...
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Interactively matching beginning of region

Short version: If i bound the scope of a search/replace to a region in the buffer (via the second/third optional argument of search-forward and its derivates), how can i match the beginning of that ...
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Prettify string, find by regex

I want to replace the regular expression `.*` by bolding .* and not displaying the backticks. So I want `elem` to become elem I looked into these questions about how to prettify strings rather than ...
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Why does looking-at ignore the *?

I seem to have some misunderstanding with looking-at. This is my test function : (defun lkat () "interactive looking at" (interactive) (if (looking-at "^\\s-*") (message "yes") (...
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Match regexp group

I am trying to modify org-wikinodes.el to match any org-mode headline (not just camelCase text. So I have replaced the default regular expression with: *\\s-\\(.+\\) This works. But in order to link ...
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