[TxMt] Re: "Find in Project..." problem with special characters & regular expressions

Bryce Thornton brycethornton at gmail.com
Tue Feb 8 21:56:38 UTC 2005

The first problem seems to work better after restarting the
application.  $ROOT_DIR was found in every spot it should have been. 
Does TextMate periodically index the project and then search that
index?  That would explain why only a few files were found before the
restart.  If so, how often does the index get refreshed?

On Tue, 8 Feb 2005 16:38:27 -0500, Bryce Thornton
<brycethornton at gmail.com> wrote:
> The "Find in Project..." feature has been acting oddly when searching
> for strings with "special" characters in them.  I have the "Regular
> Expression" box unchecked and the "Ignore Case" box checked.
> I have a project with ~100 files in it.  About 75 of those contain the
> variable $ROOT_DIR.  When I do a "Find in Project..." and search for
> $ROOT_DIR I get three results back.  I really can't figure out what is
> special about the three that are returned.  Is the "$" causing a
> problem?  I would think that if you are not using regular expressions
> that all special characters would be automatically escaped.
> That's my first problem.  Here's the second:
> I then tried "*\$ROOT_DIR*" with the regular expression box checked
> just to see what would happen.  I realize that this doesn't make much
> sense as a regular expression.  I know next to nothing about them.
> TextMate proceeded to give me the spinning beach ball for about five
> minutes.  My system became unresponsive.  TextMate eventually bombed.
> I opened TextMate again and repeated the search.  Same results.
> Should there be error checking on the regular expression before it is
> executed to prevent things like this?
> Bryce

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