[TxMt] a newbie asks for help with regular expressions
throw-away-1 at macromates.com
Fri Aug 18 03:45:37 UTC 2006
On 17/8/2006, at 22:04, Lawrence Goodman wrote:
> [...] For example if I type:
> * Textmate *
> This would be identified as element.comment.first.
> So I wrote the following [...]
> match = '[*]\s?([^\* ]|\.| [*] | )*[*]';
That is a somewhat puzzling pattern. It matches *, optional
whitespace, a sequence of ‘not * or space’ or the ‘.’ character, or
the ‘ * ’ sequence. And then finally a ‘*’.
The second branch is redundant and the third I think is unwanted.
> The problem is it can't identify the element when it comes in the
> middle or end of a line, i.e.
> I want to learn how to use * Textmate * tomorrow.
What it can’t identify is when the terminating ‘*’ has spaces on both
sides, as it will then be taken by your middle repeat, and the
terminating state is never met.
> Any suggestions or help would be much appreciated. Thanks.
Well, not entirely sure what you want to match, but sounds like just:
That matches from asterisk to asterisk.
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