Also known as regular expression or regexp, a description of a set of strings, often used for searching and validating strings.

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Exclude a single file from an nginx location match

I have a location on nginx like this: location ~* /(images|cache|media|logs|tmp)/.*\.(php|pl|py|jsp|asp|sh|cgi)$ { return 403; error_page 403 /403_error.html; } I have a php script that combines ...
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MS Word regex insert carriage return in match

It appears that MS Word accepts regular expressions for finding and replacing strings. I would like to use regex to add carriage returns to a block of text, in order to parse out individual lines. ...
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Partial formatting in Microsoft Word find and replace

I want to use Word's "Advanced Find and Replace" tool to find this string: See, e.g., And replace it with this: See, e.g., The difference between the two strings is that the second comma ...
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Backslash expression to add an underscore at the end of a word?

I have a huge list of words where every one is in a new line. I'm currently using the text editor SciTE which can perform backslash expressions. Which expression do I need to use to add a _ ...
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vim regex :s/^\s*\(.\)\+/\\\1/g only shows last character substituted

I need to prepend a backslash \ to each character in a string, excluding any leading whitespace. I believed the following would do the trick. :s/^\s*\(.\)\+/\\\1/g but it produces this result for ...
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How should I write a regex to match a specific word?

I've been trying to get a specific regex working but I can't get it to do what I need. Basically, I want it to look for ROCKET. The regex should match ROCKET in upper or lower cases, and with or ...
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How to recursivly delete all JPG files, but keep the ones containing “sample”

How can I find and delete all the .jpg files in a directory tree with the exception of the ones containing "sample" in their filename? For example : a.zip -> keep it b.jpg ...
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Notepad++ Find and Replace: Wildcard Varying Number of Lines?

I have a tricky problem. I need to make a minor change to a large number of xml files (500+). The change involves switching a value from 'false' to 'true.' The line that needs to change looks like ...
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How to capture a couple of lines around a regex match?

I am searching for a regex expression to match couple of lines over the matched line. For example: ABCDEFGHADEFGH ABCDEFGHADEFGH ABCDEFGHDEFGHABCDEFGH ABCDEFGHDEFGHABCDEFGH ABCDEFGHABCDEFGHABCDEFGH ...
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Grep Whitespace across multiple lines

Given the following in a bunch of text files (.vb): Partial Class [A-Za-z0-9_] Inherits System.Web.UI.Page End Class I'm trying to grep for files that have this basically empty code file, to ...
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Delete n lines following a pattern (and the line matching the pattern)

How can I delete a line containing a matching pattern and the following n lines using a tool supporting regular expressions? Said differently, how can I write a regular expression matching a line ...
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Delete all script code when saving an HTML file

I save and archive a lot of Paypal receipts, and the files come with tons of garbage script code not necessary for archival purposes. I would like to come up with a way to strip all that code so I ...
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What does `[]` do in a regex?

This webpage contains a number of regexes containing []: http://mmcif.wwpdb.org/dictionaries/ascii/mmcif_pdbx_v40.dic An example: [][_,.;:"&<>()/\{}'`~!@#$%A-Za-z0-9*|+-]* The page ...
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Regex to select only specific number of spaces

I am using notepad++ and I want to do a find & replace operation. For example 4 number of spaces means 1 tab 6 number of spaces means 2 tabs etc. In my file all the spaces are in the ...
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Using grep for text search

I need to search the filesystem for text strings that match some string. I'm trying to get where the commands are used, meaning in which files they are called or used. I need to find every file where ...
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How do I signify repetition in a ZMV regex?

I'm trying to manually pull the digests off of Rails assets (don't ask). I was directed to ZMV for easy regex-based find/replace. But the normal {32} syntax for specifying an amount of repetition does ...
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RegEx expression to replace /randomword/ with <i>randomword</i>?

I'm looking for a RegEx expression to use with Find & Replace that will turn /randomword/ into <i>randomword</i> without actually changing the random word. Possible to do this ...
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Replace any number of spaces using regular expressions

How can I replace any number of consecutive spaces, with, for example, a tab in a text editor supporting regular expressions (like Notepad++) To clarify: Replacing every occurrence of one or more ...
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Append text to lines between two patterns every time they appear in a file

This will be a rather hard one, i guess. I have to fiddle around with inline documentation that is extracted into html files to be used as online documentation, but these parts of the files should be ...
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Is there a way to highlight text matching a regular expression in Chrome even upon page redirection?

Is there a way to highlight all words that are written in ALL CAPS when I load certain pages in Chrome? Ideally, the solution would work for the current page, and when I click the form button, it ...
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how to set outline-minor-mode heading levels in outline-regexp

I am trying to add a custom heading to program mode, and I want it to be on the highest level and move all other levels down, so I can add more structure to my long script. For example, for python ...
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Remove lines containing only a word and a number ? (notepad++, regex)

I have several hundreds of .txt files from which I would like to remove the lines where only the word "Volume" followed by a number appears. The word "Volume" may appear several times in each text ...
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How to show temperatures on Conky from macfanctld?

On Ubuntu 14.04 in a Macbook Pro 8,1. I'm trying to display values of the temp sensors that macfanctld uses. When viewing /var/log/macfanctl.log or when sudo macfanctld -f outputs to stdout, the ...
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Asterisk (*) and plus (+) are not working in Notepad++ as a regular expression

I am using Notepad++ and learning regular expressions, but I am wondering why some of the meta characters are not working in the editor, that is, asterisk (*) and plus (+). For example: The tree ...
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Concatenating varying number of lines notepad++

I have a file where i need to take varying number of lines and concatenate into one. It could be two, three, or four lines that require concatenation. There is a common set of characters (say 'xxx') ...
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sed regex pattern matched greedy although it should not

I stumbled upon a behaviour I can not explain, hope some of you guys can help me out. I try to generate a sort of documentation from a bigger Ant project, as such I use sed to filter the information ...
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How to unblock Pinterest's follow button?

I use adblock on Pinterest and it blocks the follow button. I like to unblock the specific element without allowing other ads. Here are the regex I tried: pinterest.com#@#div.boardButtons ...
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regular expression to reverse the order of two unknown words separated by a comma

I am trying to use ReNamer regular expressions to reverse folder names that use author names. They are set up as LastName, FirstName and I need to change them to FirstName LastName (minus the comma). ...
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How to process files with purely numerical extenson [ regex ] Windows

Windows, batch. I want to process files in batch for loop. The problem is:I have no idea what exactly the extension will be. What I do know is that it will be a number. So what I'm trying to create ...
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How to replace from second occurrence

My data looks like this: Name,Minutes,Meters ABILENE TX - CHARLESTON SC - ABILENE TX - CHARLESTON SC,1162,2052516 ABILENE TX - CHARLESTON WV - ABILENE TX - CHARLESTON WV,1153,2029119 ABILENE TX - ...
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I need help in selecting entire multiple lines that starts with unpackcontainer & copy that text to different text file in Notepad++

I need help in selecting entire multiple lines that starts with unpackcontainer (as shown) & copy that text to different text file in Notepad++ on Windows: unpackcontainer -s ...
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Loading org-mode agenda files

I'm having trouble getting Emacs to automatically include files in my org-mode agenda. I want files from two folders included, which I've attempted to do by setting (setq org-agenda-files (list ...
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Using Perl regex over multiple lines

I'd like to replace all occurrences of this in a file: ab ba With this: a a I tried the obvious: $ perl -i -p -e 's/ab\nba/a a/' file.txt With no success. How is this done? I can't find any ...
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Filezilla regex for filtering out all subdir except one

I'm trying to get filezilla filtering out all the subfolder of a certain folder except one without success. My tree looks like this: css/ |--many files and dirs... js/ |--many files and dirs... ...
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Is there any way to save a search in Xcode or OS X?

I want to improve my workflow by having a saved search that I can either simply open, or would automatically update. For my current particular use (may change in the future), it would search the ...
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How do I print the line only with the last occurrence of a regex?

I have a (large) file that has multiple occurrences of the expression SCF Done and I am (for now) only interested in the last of these lines. Currently I am using a piped command: sed -n '/SCF ...
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Appending (via rename?) `.bad` to files identified by `tests/test_.*`

What do I want? Given the following directory structure: . ├── bar.py ├── hap │   ├── bla.py │   └── tests │   └── test_hap.py └── hip ├── testimony.py └── tests ├── foo.py ...
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Excel: Find&Replace issue

I'm trying to find out, how to replace only those substrings (in my case it is ,_ where _ is a space), which starts at the beginning of the cell. I suppose, the solution should be like this regex: ...
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notepad++ User Defined Language regex

Is there a way to recognize certain text as a keyword Only if it is the first text in the row? I don't see such an option within the 'User Defined Language' -> 'Keywords Lists' options
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How to cp multiple file extensions?

How do I cp multiple file extensions, like png, jpg and tif files? I tried: $cp ./*.(jpg|png|tif) ../output/ >bash: syntax error near unexpected token `(` $cp ./01_reliefs/*.\(jpg\|png\|tif\) ...
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Append to data in an XML attribute using Regex in Notepad++

Newbie alert! I am trying to automatically append some text to the data within an XML attribute - I believe notepad++ will do it but I cant figure out the expression I need to use to search. It ...
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Find and replace notepad++ with wildcards

I've read about 15 tutorials on regular expression however I'm clearly not getting as I've been unable to tailor it to my problem. I have one set of code which would be found in many different ...
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RegEx to Remove All Text Between Set Characters

I'm using the Regex functionality in Notepad++ to delete all characters between specific characters. For example I have text file with the following line: table.column NOT IN ...
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Word wildcards/regex search from the begining of line till the first :

In MS word 2013 I'm having multiple lines like: Duis pulvinar, enim montes : magna tincidunt penatibus nec amet a nec tristique rhoncus aliquet? porttitor diam amet : nascetur sociis dapibus ...
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Remove of everything between two characters in Word (regex)

I need a regex to remove everything between the "<" and ">" characters. An example would be: <blah blah blah>Something I want <blah blah>really bad<blah blah> becomes Something ...
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Notepad ++ removing text between delimiters

I have some lines of text with this structure: TEXT1:TEXT2:TEXT3 I only need TEXT1:TEXT3 joined together. I want to remove the TEXT2 value. I have tried many options to try sorting them but ...
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How to specify a sed expression to remove non-printing octal characters from a text file

I am new to sed and am cleaning up a very large file. The cleaned document looks right, but when I read it into my R, it shows that each line is appended with \016\t at the end of each line. I have ...
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Notepad++ Joining a line containing a pattern to the previous line

I have a list of data containing table names and table parameters. In some of the cases, there is supplemental data containing the keyword SourceTableName Table:dbo_mlo_city;ODBC;DSN=blah; ...
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how to list all “reports” subdirectories that contains .jsp files?

I really have no idea how to do this on windows with Widnows Explorer. So I am trying to use Cygwin. Basically, I'd like to list the full path of all subdirectories "reports" that contains .jsp files ...
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Notepad++: How to trim strings to a maximum length in a huge file?

community i need your help, please! i want to trim strings in a file with about 900000 lines: KAA BSJDKWLADDKHUEW AJMJJ GMEMJRGUMGA GJWEGRJGJALUSGEUIGRL AGUGADJF WE ..... I Want to trim all ...