[TxMt] find/replace in column selection

Allan Odgaard throw-away-1 at macromates.com
Thu Nov 9 05:35:39 UTC 2006

On 9. Nov 2006, at 05:58, Leo Brewin wrote:

> I've just started using TextMate and I'm very very impressed. I've  
> noticed the following behaviour and I wonder if anybody could let  
> me know if this is a "feature" or  a bug.
> I make a column selection and I replace "foo" with "foobar". This  
> increases the width of the column selection. Here is the problem --  
> any continuous text that passed through the column will now be  
> broken and expanded with spaces. This is not what I would expect  
> and it will seriously limit my use of find/replace in column  
> selections.
> Is this a bug? Or is it an operator error?

It is the intended behavior -- but it isn’t straight forward what the  
result should be.

You do want to preserve the selection after the replacement -- so if  
one of the rows grows beyond the initial selection, should that just  
bleed outside it?

And if you have column data like:

    foo    bar
    fud    jaz

Select first column and replace (in that) foo with foobar, the result  
will then be:

    foobar    bar
    fud       jaz

I.e. the columns still align -- seems to be a nice property.

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