Wildcards ???

Richmond richmondmathewson at gmail.com
Mon Aug 26 19:19:20 CEST 2013

On 08/26/2013 07:34 PM, Jan Schenkel wrote:
> See the documentation for the 'filter' command.
> In its current incarnation, that command uses 'wildcard' expressions to decide which lines to retain and which to discard.
> HTH,
> Jan Schenkel
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> "As we grow older, we grow both wiser and more foolish at the same time."  (La Rochefoucauld)
>> ________________________________
>> From: Richmond <richmondmathewson at gmail.com>
>> To: How to use LiveCode <use-livecode at lists.runrev.com>
>> Sent: Monday, August 26, 2013 6:14 PM
>> Subject: Wildcards ???
>> "The find and replace was always using wildcards() even when Use Regular
>> Expressions was false. The find
>> stack has been updated to allow users to choose the type of search from
>> Regular Expressions, Wildcards or
>> Plain Text."
>> What symbols must one use for a wildcard?
>> Richmond.

The reason I asked this question was because I had to do a socking great 
search and replace
through about 5000 lines of code:

Yes, you guessed it; Richmond's "Devawriter Pro" won't go away; it just 
gets bigger and groovier.

Now I had all sorts of 'horrible' bits to search for and replace and 
Livecode didn't do "very well"
(coded way of saying something fairly negative) with searching for 
phrases that had lines breaks in them.

I ended up doing everything in LibreOffice (bloody-minded), which was OK 
as far as things went,
but Wildcards weren't in it.

Certainly I would like to be able to search for the following sort of 

set the unicodeText of the selected to ((numToChar(*)) & (numToChar(*)) 
& (numToChar(2325))

in such a way that I can replace:

((numToChar(22345)) & (numToChar(66778)) & (numToChar(2325)) with

((numToChar(22345)) & (numToChar(66778)) & (numToChar(4444))


((numToChar(99887)) & (numToChar(11223)) & (numToChar(2325)) with

((numToChar(99887)) & (numToChar(11223)) & (numToChar(4444))

that is to say, that the wildcard bits remain unchanged.


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