I have 20,000+ lines that I need to select-all and then be able to insert a special character like ^ not normally found within the document, at the beginning of every line, to allow me to then use Find and Replace to insert a common string at the beginning of each line. After doing this, I also need to be able to do the same thing at the END of each line of text and run find and replace with a different string on all 20,000 lines. What is the most efficient way of doing this?
I think using sed might be more efficient since TextMate's handling of large files can be a little unreliable sometimes. Press option+command+r to bring up the Filter Through Command dialog and put this in the Command input box:
sed -e "s/^/^/" -e "s/$/^/"
That is, substitute a literal ^ (^) for a beginning-of-line (^), and do the same for end-of-line ($).
That might be faster than the Find and Replace dialog on a big file. You can also store it as a command if you end up doing it a lot.
I hope that helps, Brandon