Marked text manipulation



  • So I’m currently trying to copy some multi-line (red)marked text out of a large (~70MB) file, and my Pythonscript technique for doing so (see earlier posting in this thread) works but is super-slow on a large file; it iterates through the file one position at a time (pos += 1). Is there a faster way to code it, given the functions we have at our disposal for doing this? @Claudia-Frank , ideas? :-)



  • @Scott-Sumner

    See next post, this is wrong!

    AFAIK using indicatorStart() and indicatorEnd() is quite efficient finding marked locations. The code you posted above doesn’t seem to be utilizing this as efficiently as it could. I have no way of testing this following code but you should be able to do something like this:

    start = 0
    end = 0
    while True:
    	start = editor.indicatorStart(SCE_UNIVERSAL_FOUND_STYLE, end)
    	if start == 0:
    		break
    	end = editor.indicatorEnd(SCE_UNIVERSAL_FOUND_STYLE, start)
    	accum_text += editor.getTextRange(start, end) + '\r\n'
    

    Again this hasn’t been tested so there may be corner cases you need to check for…such as using start + 1 when calling indicatorEnd() but this is the gist of it.



  • @Scott-Sumner

    Woops sorry about the above, it was way off. Here is a small LuaScript which works (I’m sure you can easily translate it into Python)

    SCE_UNIVERSAL_FOUND_STYLE = 31
    start = editor:IndicatorEnd(SCE_UNIVERSAL_FOUND_STYLE, -1)
    while start ~= 0 and start ~= editor.Length do
    	endd = editor:IndicatorEnd(SCE_UNIVERSAL_FOUND_STYLE, start)
    	print(editor:textrange(start, endd))
    	start = editor:IndicatorEnd(SCE_UNIVERSAL_FOUND_STYLE, endd)
    end
    

    Note: The one major initial bug I know if is that it is incorrect if the very first character of the file is marked.



  • @dail, @Scott-Sumner

    This is strange, isn’t it? You have to use IndicatorEnd to find the start position but it is like it is…

    Cheers
    Claudia



  • @Claudia-Frank

    Yeah I ran into this as well when modifying my DoxyIt plugin…the way I came to think of it now is that it finds the end of the range you specify by pos. And technically a range that is not marked has an end…which is the start of the range you want…oh well :)



  • @dail

    yeah, :-) sounds … logical … some how . … still confusing :-)
    And what makes it confusing even more, what you already said, is, that if you do
    editor.indicatorEnd(SCE_UNIVERSAL_FOUND_STYLE, -1) you will get the end position.
    Aahhhh :-D

    What I meant is about

    Note: The one major initial bug I know if is that it is incorrect if the very first character of the file is marked.

    Cheers
    Claudia



  • @dail , @Claudia-Frank :

    Thanks for your inputs, I used the basic ideas but came up with my own Pythonscript version that is much faster than my original PS version on large files, and seems to correctly handle the oddities of the editor.indicatorEnd() function previously mentioned.

    So here is RedmarkedTextToClipboard2.py:

    def RTTC2__main():
    
        SCE_UNIVERSAL_FOUND_STYLE = 31  # N++ red-"mark" feature highlighting style indicator number
        ind_end_ret_vals_list = []
        ierv = 0
        while True:
            ierv = editor.indicatorEnd(SCE_UNIVERSAL_FOUND_STYLE, ierv)
            # editor.indicatorEnd() returns 0 if no redmarked text exists
            # editor.indicatorEnd() returns last pos in file if no more redmarked text beyond the 'ierv' argument value
            if ierv == 0 or len(ind_end_ret_vals_list) > 0 and ierv == ind_end_ret_vals_list[-1]: break
            ind_end_ret_vals_list.append(ierv)
        if len(ind_end_ret_vals_list) > 0:
            if editor.indicatorValueAt(SCE_UNIVERSAL_FOUND_STYLE, 0) == 1:
                # compensate for weirdness with editor.indicatorEnd() when a match starts at the zero position
                zero = 0; ind_end_ret_vals_list.insert(0, zero)  # insert at BEGINNING of list
            if editor.indicatorValueAt(SCE_UNIVERSAL_FOUND_STYLE, ind_end_ret_vals_list[-1]) == 0:
                # remove end-of-file position unless it is part of the match
                ind_end_ret_vals_list.pop()
        start_end_pos_tup_list = zip(*[iter(ind_end_ret_vals_list)]*2)  # see https://stackoverflow.com/questions/14902686/turn-flat-list-into-two-tuples
        accum_text = ''
        for (start_pos, end_pos) in start_end_pos_tup_list:
            accum_text += editor.getTextRange(start_pos, end_pos) + '\r\n'
        if len(accum_text) > 0: editor.copyText(accum_text)  # put results in clipboard
    
    RTTC2__main()


  • @Scott-Sumner

    Hi Scott,
    a nice one - good performance improvement. :-)

    If you are still looking for performance increase,
    a general suggestion would be to use as less global objects as possible within a loop as
    the cost of loading global is expensive.
    Cache global objects at the beginning of the script.
    Creating the tuple list from the beginning should be faster than creating from a flat list.
    Meaning do your two indicatorEnd calls and create a tuple from the results which than
    gets added to a list.
    Maybe a list comprehension to create the accum_text is faster as well - but not really sure
    as it would need to call the global object.
    All in all I assume this might make it faster up to 3-5%, not sure if it is worth thinking about it.

    Cheers
    Claudia



  • @Claudia-Frank

    not sure if it is worth thinking about it.

    I should have posted my before-and-after timing, but really, the “before” was “forever” on my 70MB data file! The “after” was extremely quick, certainly on par with how long it took Notepad++'s Mark feature to redmark my desired text. Therefore performance was rated “very acceptable” for the new version. And that’s really all the performance I care about, so further optimizations aren’t worth it to me. Probably some of those optimizations you suggest would make the code less readable, too, so I’m definitely not wanting to go there (although now I leave myself open to comments on how readable/unreadable the existing code is). :-D

    I probably would have written this better the first time around if how these “indicator” functions worked was better documented!

    Until Notepad++ natively allows a non-destructive (@guy038’s regex method is destructive…but there is UNDO…hmmm) copy of all regex-matched text, this little script will serve me nicely, now on all files big and small.



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  • @Scott-Sumner

    I am in the same situation but regular expression method is not working for me to copy match text.

    I want to grab all occurrences in configuration file where first line starts from ‘object’ and immediately second line starts with ‘nat’

    object network obj_any
    nat (inside,outside) dynamic interface
    object network obj-test
    nat (DMZ1,outside) static 10.206.49.180
    object network obj-192.168.236.200
    nat (DMZ1,outside) static 10.206.74.60
    object network obj-192.168.236.8
    nat (DMZ1,outside) static 10.206.49.183 tcp 8080 80
    object network obj-192.168.236.9
    nat (DMZ1,outside) static 10.206.49.178 tcp 1002 22
    object network obj-192.168.236.10
    nat (DMZ1,outside) static 10.206.49.178 tcp 8080 80
    object network obj-192.168.236.13
    nat (DMZ1,outside) static 10.206.74.58 dns

    I wrote regular expression ^object.\R\snat.* to grab both lines
    starting with ‘object’ and with ‘nat’ but when I am replacing it with
    (?1\1), it is deleting the matched lines. Any dea what could be the correct replace string to keep only matced two lines



  • @Kashif-Rana :

    Not sure exactly what you are asking but on your data this seems to work to match it:

    Find-what zone: (?-s)^object.*\Rnat.*

    But what’s this about replacement? This thread is just talking about matching text, redmarking it, and copying it…so I’m confused about what you want to do…



  • @Scott-Sumner sorry for the confusion. What I want, whatever my regular expression matches, it is two line match (first line starts with ‘object’ and second line starts with ‘nat’). So like my regular expression will catch 100 instances of two lines below in huge file with other data as well and I want to copy that multi-line match.

    object network obj-192.168.236.13
    nat (DMZ1,outside) static 10.206.74.58 dns

    ‘mark’ is marking all lines but ‘bookmark’ is only bookmarking first line, not second line so I cannot copy through bookmark.

    So question is how to copy all instances of multi-line match by regular expression?



  • @Kashif-Rana

    Have you actually read this thread from top to bottom? If so, have you tried setting up and using RedmarkedTextToClipboard2.py above? If I’m understanding your need correctly (still have my doubts) it seems as if that would solve the problem…



  • @Scott-Sumner I will try this script. But without script, is it possible to copy multiple instances of matched result (that is multi-line) by regex in a text file?



  • @Kashif-Rana

    Ummmm, well…No…that’s why the script was developed in the first place…seems like this should be obvious from the earlier postings in this thread…



  • Hey all,

    I know this topic is quite old, anyway decided to share solution I’ve discovered (I’m not so technical, so Python script isn’t the option for me). So, long story short, I’ve extracted a long JSON response and needed to copy 95 URLs from it only and ignore everything else. Like in @Suncatcher’s case, everything was stored in a single line.

    So, I did the following:

    1. Search for https://site.com/project/(.*?) regexp and replace all matches with \r\nhttps://site.com/project/$1\r\n so URLs were moved to separate lines;

    2. Afterward, switch to “Mark” tool, check “Bookmark line” option and mark all https://site.com/project/(.*?)
      Mark.png

    3. Finally, click “Search” menu => Bookmark => Remove unmarked lines

    That’s it, list of necessary items only (URLs in my case) was created 🎉 My case is easier comparing to topic’s author, anyway hope this will be helpful for someone in the future, cheers!

    P.S. @guy038 thanks for mentioning Bookmark feature, I’ve never used it before and it’s super helpful



  • More old thread revival…

    So I recently had a need for what is discussed in this thread, but I needed it embedded in a Pythonscript, and all I really needed was the logic conveyed by @guy038 with this solution:

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    So I figured out the Your regex to match part for my data; I’ll use Bob|Ted here for that for purposes of illustration, and of course some sample data:

    Alice Carol Alan Bob Ted
    Ted Bob
    Bob Carol Ted
    Ted Carol
    Alice Carol
    Alice Bob
    Bob
    Alan Carol
    Alan Alice
    Bob Carol Alan
    Alice
    Bob Ted Alan
    Alice Ted
    Alan Ted
    Ted Alan Alice Carol
    Bob Ted Alice Carol
    Bob Alan Alice Carol
    Alan
    Bob Ted Alan Carol
    Ted
    Alan Bob
    Alice Carol Ted
    Alice Bob Alan
    Alice Bob Carol
    Bob Carol
    Bob Ted Alan Alice
    Alice Ted Alan
    Carol
    Alice Carol Alan
    Alice Bob Ted
    Carol Ted Alan
    

    and I coded up the Pythonscript one-liner for it based on @guy038 's regex:

    editor.rereplace(r'(?s)^.*?(Bob|Ted)|(?s).*\z', r'(?1\1\r\n)')
    

    and I thought I would end up with a number of lines with either Bob or Ted on them. What actually happened was that I ended up with a single-line result of Alice! Clearly, INCORRECT! Or at least not what I needed.

    Digging in and working on it a bit, I found a correct way to achieve it in a Pythonscript replacement, and that is:

    editor.rereplace(r'(?s)(Bob|Ted)|(?:.+?(?=(?1)))|(?:.+\z)', r'?1\1\r\n')
    

    which, for the sample data above, yields the expected:

    Bob
    Ted
    Ted
    Bob
    Bob
    Ted
    Ted
    Bob
    Bob
    Bob
    Bob
    Ted
    Ted
    Ted
    Ted
    Bob
    Ted
    Bob
    Bob
    Ted
    Ted
    Bob
    Ted
    Bob
    Bob
    Bob
    Bob
    Ted
    Ted
    Bob
    Ted
    Ted
    

    So, long story LONG, but I wanted to share that if anyone tries this technique using a script, the search regex to use might need to be altered to:

    SEARCH (?s)( Your regex to match)|(?:.+?(?=(?1)))|(?:.+\z)

    The REPLACE part is unchanged from what @guy038 provided.

    Note that I also tested it interactively in Notepad++'s Replace window and it works fine there as well, at least for my sample data.



  • Hello, @alan-kilborn and All,

    I’m really sorry, because it’s just my fault and you wouldn’t have had to look for an alternative solution :-( Indeed, the regex S/R, that I gave in my post, below, does contains an error which is not important when using the Notepad++ Replace dialog, but which seems critical when you run a Python script, involving regexes !

    https://community.notepad-plus-plus.org/topic/12710/marked-text-manipulation/8

    I suppose that this fact should be related to this “small” point, located at the end of the description of the editor.rereplace helper method :

    http://npppythonscript.sourceforge.net/docs/latest/scintilla.html?highlight=editor.rereplace#Editor.rereplace

    An small point to note, is that the replacements are first searched, and then all replacements are made. This is done for performance and reliability reasons. Generally this will have no side effects, however there may be cases where it makes a difference. (Author’s note: If you have such a case, please post a note on the forums such that it can be added to the documentation, or corrected).


    To understand the problem , let’s just use the beginning of your example text, pasted in a new N++ tab

    Alice Carol Alan Bob Ted
    Ted Bob
    Bob Carol Ted
    Ted Carol
    Alice Carol
    Alice Bob
    

    If my generic regex S/R, below, with your regex choice (Bob|Ted) is used, against this text :

    SEARCH (?s)^.*?(Bob|Ted)|(?s).*\z

    REPLACE ?1\1\r\n

    We get, after a click on the Replace All button or several clicks on the Replace button, and with the Wrap around option ticked, the following correct result :

    Bob
    Ted
    Ted
    Bob
    Bob
    Ted
    Ted
    Bob
    

    Note that I use the ^ assertion which forces the regex engine to search a range of chars beginning a line. Of course, in case of replacement, no trouble at all ! Indeed, due to the \r\n syntax, any match \1 is rewritten with a line-break. So, the next search, with the (?s) mode, automatically matches right after that line-break, added by the replacement !

    Now, let’s get back the initial text ( with Ctrl + Z ) and let’s suppose that we just want to trace the different matches of that regex S/R, using the Find Next button only. In that case, we get only 2 matches !!??

    • Obviously, the first match is :
    Alice Carol Alan Bob
    

    But the second and final match is :

     Ted
    Ted Bob
    Bob Carol Ted
    Ted Carol
    Alice Carol
    Alice Bob
    

    Why ? Well, after the first match, the caret location is right after the word Bob of the first line. So, it cannot match the string space + Ted because this string should begin the current line, due to, both, the ^ symbol and the grouping parentheses

    As the first alternative (?s)^.*?(Bob|Ted) cannot match, at this location, the regex engine tries the other alternative (?s).*\z, which, of course, matches all the remaining characters of current file, beginning with space + Ted of the 1st line !!

    BTW, I don’t understand, Alan why you got a match Alice. Indeed, when running :

    editor.rereplace(r'(?s)^.*?(Bob|Ted)|(?s).*\z', r'?1\1\r\n')
    

    I personally only get the forename Bob, which is the first word matched of the text !


    Now, it’s easy to imagine the correct regex S/R to use : it should not contain any ^ assertion and be as below :

    SEARCH (?s).*?(Bob|Ted)|(?s).*\z

    REPLACE ?1\1\r\n ( or ?1\1\n for an Unix file )

    This time, if you click, successively, on the Find Next button, you’ll be able to see the different matches of the search regex !

    And, I did verify that the one-line script, below, without the ^ symbol, gives the expected text ;-))

    editor.rereplace(r'(?s).*?(Bob|Ted)|(?s).*\z', r'?1\1\r\n')
    

    Best Regards

    guy038

    Two more points :

    • Your new regex S/R :
    editor.rereplace(r'(?s)(Bob|Ted)|(?:.+?(?=(?1)))|(?:.+\z)', r'?1\1\r\n')
    

    works correctly because it does not contain any ^ assertion !

    but, would you had added the ^ symbol, like below :

    editor.rereplace(r'(?s)(Bob|Ted)|(?:^.+?(?=(?1)))|(?:.+\z)', r'?1\1\r\n')
    

    it would had changed all your multi-lines example text as :

    Bob
    
    • The lesson of that story is :

    If you can properly visualize the different matches of a regex expression, as you expect to, when using the Find Next button, it’s likely that any replacement process, run from within a S/R script command, should work nicely, too ;-))



  • @guy038

    Thank you for the further analysis.

    I’m really sorry, because it’s just my fault and you wouldn’t have had to look for an alternative solution

    No worries at all! :-)

    I don’t understand, Alan why you got a match (of only) “Alice”. I personally only get the forename “Bob”

    Indeed! I guess “something happened” because if I re-run it now the same way I for sure get “Bob” as well! Sorry for that confusion.

    Other comments:

    I did not realize (obviously) that it was merely a case of a problem with the ^ in the original expression. :-(
    I totally jumped in to an almost wholly different solution, based upon something related I was working on.

    The lesson of that story is…

    Nice to know!