I agree with this; I'd put the problem another way, namely by describing how I use
Replace All and what happens when I do.
I do a Find All across multiple documents to see what's going to happen. I decide
it's okay. I do a Replace All.
Then I switch to my project and do a Save All just like I've always done.
Now I come back to the dialog and try to start another find. And it says: Do you want to
save the documents you just changed? Wait, I just did that!
So there are two problems:
(1) The Find dialog doesn't have a correct notion of whether the documents have been
(2) It's none of the Find dialog's business anyway! Its job is to find and
replace. That's all. The project is where we save. I'm going to switch to the
project and do the save, just like I always do.
That's pretty much the same as what Eduardo is saying. m.
PS The way BBEdit solves this is: when you do a global find-and-replace across multiple
documents, you get a secondary dialog _first_ asking whether you also want to save
automatically. Thus the question is settled up front. I always want to save, so I
wouldn't mind having to pass thru such a dialog.
On Sep 5, 2014, at 12:55 AM, Eduardo Francos <efrancos(a)efrancos.com> wrote:
I've found a document modified status issue when using "Replace all" with
either project or folder Find in... dialogs
When the Replace All button is clicked all the matches are applied to the documents
containing them, but the status of the affected documents (which where not modified before
issuing the command) does not change to "modified" as it could be expected.
When you close the Find in... dialog it shows a dialog box with the option to save the
The text in the dialog states that the changes will be lost if you don't save them,
which is actually incorrect, or at least misleading, because if you select not to save the
documents they still include the applied changes. Their "modified" status though
doesn't reflect this.
To reproduce the bug just open two or more files that contain a common string, open a
Find in... dialog and do a replace all of that string, check the documents' statuses.
Unless I'm missing something obvious I believe that the additional "save
documents" dialog is a lot of work just to save the "⌥⌘S" I'd issue
anyway in most cases, but not always.
Also, given that the Find in... dialogs aren't modal, so the user can switch back to
the documents and continue working, when he gets back to the Find dialog and closes it he
may not always remember the context in which he executed the replace operation. When that
happens my " keep the control" attitude always forces me to select not to save
If a builtin "save changes" option is nevertheless required then I believe that
an additional "Replace All & Save" button could be more effective.
To minimize real estate usage this button could be placed immediately to the right of the
Replace All button with just "& Save" as the label. Alternatively, given
that in this case the "Replace & Find" action button is apparently always
disabled it could simply replace it.
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