How to bookmark lines around a line containing a specific expression 'XXX' ?



  • Hi, All,

    From that issue created in August 2019 by @scott-sumner ( Scott, thanks for your many GitHub contributions ! )

    https://github.com/notepad-plus-plus/notepad-plus-plus/issues/6018

    and the commit :

    https://github.com/alberto-dev/notepad-plus-plus/commit/520678cf1bc20bf701bc130564463a40e2391cef

    We are, from now on, able to mark any non-empty line, involved in a multi-lines search ;-))

    Due to this nice improvement, my previous post, below, about multi-lines bookmarking is rather obsolete :-(

    https://notepad-plus-plus.org/community/topic/16701/how-to-mark-lines-above-marked-lines/8


    So, here is an updated version ;-))

    Notes :

    • First, you’re presently using the Notepad++ version 7.8 or above

    • I assume that you’re using the Edit > Mark... dialog :

      • The options Bookmark lines, Purge for each search and Wrap around are ticked

      • The Regular expression mode is selected

    • The search process is supposed to be sensitive to case, due to the (?-i) in-line modifier

    • To simplify, I assume that the lines, containing the XXX criterion, do not overlap with the lines around, which need bookmarking !


    Edited on 11-16-2019

    The end of this present post is rather obsolete and/or erroneous, as my updated regexes can, now, handle pure empty lines, too !

    So you should better to refer to the next post, below :

    https://community.notepad-plus-plus.org/post/48541


    • You certainly noticed that the marking feature does not bookmark empty lines. So, if your text contains empty lines, that you would like to bookmark, too, a possible work-around could be to use a dummy character, not used yet in your file and, temporarily, replace any true empty line with some of these dummy chars, using the following regex S/R :

      • SEARCH ^(?=\R)

      • REPLACE ### , if the # symbol is presently absent from your file contents

    After the red-marking and bookmarking operation, with an appropriate search regex :

    • In your original file, just perform an Edit > Undo operation ( or Ctrl + Z )

    • In the new tab, where you would had copied all the bookmarked lines ( Search > Bookmark > Copy Bookmarked Lines ) run this simple regex S/R :

      • SEARCH ^###

      • REPLACE Leave EMPTY


    This first table, below, shows how to mark consecutive lines, around a line containing a specific expression XXX. Almost obvious ;-))

        •======================================================•===========•==========•===========•
        |  REGULAR expression to mark Line X, containing 'XXX' | Nth lines |  Line X  | Mth lines |
        |  and Nth lines BEFORE and/or Mth lines AFTER line X  |   BEFORE  |          |   AFTER   |
        •======================================================•===========•==========•===========•
        | (?-is)^(.+\R){N}(?=.*XXX)                            |    YES    |     NO   |      NO   |
        •------------------------------------------------------•-----------•----------•-----------•
        | (?-is)^.*XXX.*\R\K(.+\R){M}                          |     NO    |     NO   |     YES   |
        •------------------------------------------------------•-----------•----------•-----------•
        | (?-is)^(.+\R){N}(?=.*XXX)|^.*XXX.*\R\K(.+\R){M}      |    YES    |     NO   |     YES   |
        •------------------------------------------------------•-----------•----------•-----------•
        | (?-is)^.*XXX.*                  ( TRIVIAL case )     |     NO    |    YES   |      NO   |
        •------------------------------------------------------•-----------•----------•-----------•
        | (?-is)^(.+\R){N}.*XXX.*                              |    YES    |    YES   |      NO   |
        •------------------------------------------------------•-----------•----------•-----------•
        | (?-is)^.*XXX.*\R(.+\R){M}                            |     NO    |    YES   |     YES   |
        •------------------------------------------------------•-----------•----------•-----------•
        | (?-is)^(.+\R){N}.*XXX.*\R(.+\R){M}                   |    YES    |    YES   |     YES   |
        | (?-is)^(.+\R){N}.*XXX.*\R(?1){M}                     |           |          |           |
        •======================================================•===========•==========•===========•
    

    IMPORTANT :

    Of course, you must replace the N and M variables, in the regexes, with an non-null integer, standing for the number of wanted lines, respectively, before and after the specific line X !


    In this second table, here are the regexes which does NOT bookmark any Line X, but only the 1 or 2 lines around the Line X :

        •=========================================================•==========•==========•==========•==========•==========•
        |  REGULAR expression, marking ONE or TWO lines, BEFORE   | 2nd line | 1st line |  Line X  | 1st line | 2nd line |
        |  / AFTER a line X, containing 'XXX', except the line X  |  BEFORE  |  BEFORE  |          |   AFTER  |   AFTER  |
        •=========================================================•==========•==========•==========•==========•==========•
        | (?-is)^.*XXX.*\R.+\R\K.+                                |     NO   |     NO   |     NO   |     NO   |    YES   |
        •---------------------------------------------------------•----------•----------•----------•----------•----------•
        | (?-is)^.*XXX.*\R\K.+                                    |     NO   |     NO   |     NO   |    YES   |     NO   |
        •---------------------------------------------------------•----------•----------•----------•----------•----------•
        | (?-is)^.*XXX.*\R\K.+\R.+                                |     NO   |     NO   |     NO   |    YES   |    YES   |
        •=========================================================•==========•==========•==========•==========•==========•
        | (?-is)^.+(?=\R.*XXX)                                    |     NO   |    YES   |     NO   |     NO   |     NO   |
        •---------------------------------------------------------•----------•----------•----------•----------•----------•
        | (?-is)^.+(?=\R.*XXX)|^.*XXX.*\R.+\R\K.+                 |     NO   |    YES   |     NO   |     NO   |    YES   |
        •---------------------------------------------------------•----------•----------•----------•----------•----------•
        | (?-is)^.+(?=\R.*XXX)|^.*XXX.*\R\K.+                     |     NO   |    YES   |     NO   |    YES   |     NO   |
        •---------------------------------------------------------•----------•----------•----------•----------•----------•
        | (?-is)^.+(?=\R.*XXX)|^.*XXX.*\R\K.+\R.+                 |     NO   |    YES   |     NO   |    YES   |    YES   |
        •=========================================================•==========•==========•==========•==========•==========•
        | (?-is)^.+(?=\R.+\R.*XXX)                                |    YES   |     NO   |     NO   |     NO   |     NO   |
        •---------------------------------------------------------•----------•----------•----------•----------•----------•
        | (?-is)^.+(?=\R.+\R.*XXX)|^.*XXX.*\R.+\R\K.+             |    YES   |     NO   |     NO   |     NO   |    YES   |
        •---------------------------------------------------------•----------•----------•----------•----------•----------•
        | (?-is)^.+(?=\R.+\R.*XXX)|^.*XXX.*\R\K.+                 |    YES   |     NO   |     NO   |    YES   |     NO   |
        •---------------------------------------------------------•----------•----------•----------•----------•----------•
        | (?-is)^.+(?=\R.+\R.*XXX)|^.*XXX.*\R\K.+\R.+             |    YES   |     NO   |     NO   |    YES   |    YES   |
        •=========================================================•==========•==========•==========•==========•==========•
        | (?-is)^.+\R.+(?=\R.*XXX)                                |    YES   |    YES   |     NO   |     NO   |     NO   |
        •---------------------------------------------------------•----------•----------•----------•----------•----------•
        | (?-is)^.+\R.+(?=\R.*XXX)|^.*XXX.*\R.+\R\K.+             |    YES   |    YES   |     NO   |     NO   |    YES   |
        •---------------------------------------------------------•----------•----------•----------•----------•----------•
        | (?-is)^.+\R.+(?=\R.*XXX)|^.*XXX.*\R\K.+                 |    YES   |    YES   |     NO   |    YES   |     NO   |
        •---------------------------------------------------------•----------•----------•----------•----------•----------•
        | (?-is)^.+\R.+(?=\R.*XXX)|^.*XXX.*\R\K.+\R.+             |    YES   |    YES   |     NO   |    YES   |    YES   |
        •=========================================================•==========•==========•==========•==========•==========•
    

    • In the third table, here are the regexes which do bookmark the Line X, as well as 1 or 2 lines around Line X :
        •=========================================================•==========•==========•==========•==========•==========•
        |  REGULAR expression, marking line X, containing 'XXX',  | 2nd line | 1st line |  Line X  | 1st line | 2nd line |
        |   as well as ONE or TWO lines, BEFORE / AFTER line X    |  BEFORE  |  BEFORE  |          |   AFTER  |   AFTER  |
        •=========================================================•==========•==========•==========•==========•==========•
        |  (?-is)^.*XXX.*                    ( Trivial case )     |     NO   |     NO   |    YES   |     NO   |     NO   |
        •---------------------------------------------------------•----------•----------•----------•----------•----------•
        |  (?-is)^.*XXX.*\R|\G.+\R\K.+                            |     NO   |     NO   |    YES   |     NO   |    YES   |
        •---------------------------------------------------------•----------•----------•----------•----------•----------•
        |  (?-is)^.*XXX.*\R.+                                     |     NO   |     NO   |    YES   |    YES   |     NO   |
        •---------------------------------------------------------•----------•----------•----------•----------•----------•
        |  (?-is)^.*XXX.*\R.+\R.+                                 |     NO   |     NO   |    YES   |    YES   |    YES   |
        •=========================================================•==========•==========•==========•==========•==========•
        |  (?-is)^.+\R.*XXX.*                                     |     NO   |    YES   |    YES   |     NO   |     NO   |
        •---------------------------------------------------------•----------•----------•----------•----------•----------•
        |  (?-is)^.+\R.*XXX.*\R|\G.+\R\K.+                        |     NO   |    YES   |    YES   |     NO   |    YES   |
        •---------------------------------------------------------•----------•----------•----------•----------•----------•
        |  (?-is)^.+\R.*XXX.*\R.+                                 |     NO   |    YES   |    YES   |    YES   |     NO   |
        •---------------------------------------------------------•----------•----------•----------•----------•----------•
        |  (?-is)^.+\R.*XXX.*\R.+\R.+                             |     NO   |    YES   |    YES   |    YES   |    YES   |
        •=========================================================•==========•==========•==========•==========•==========•
        |  (?-is)^.+(?=\R.+\R.*XXX)|^.*XXX.*                      |    YES   |     NO   |    YES   |     NO   |     NO   |
        •---------------------------------------------------------•----------•----------•----------•----------•----------•
        |  (?-is)^.+(?=\R.+\R.*XXX)|^.*XXX.*\R|\G.+\R\K.+         |    YES   |     NO   |    YES   |     NO   |    YES   |
        •---------------------------------------------------------•----------•----------•----------•----------•----------•
        |  (?-is)^.+(?=\R.+\R.*XXX)|^.*XXX.*\R.+                  |    YES   |     NO   |    YES   |    YES   |     NO   |
        •---------------------------------------------------------•----------•----------•----------•----------•----------•
        |  (?-is)^.+(?=\R.+\R.*XXX)|^.*XXX.*\R.+\R.+              |    YES   |     NO   |    YES   |    YES   |    YES   |
        •=========================================================•==========•==========•==========•==========•==========•
        |  (?-is)^.+\R.+\R.*XXX.*                                 |    YES   |    YES   |    YES   |     NO   |     NO   |
        •---------------------------------------------------------•----------•----------•----------•----------•----------•
        |  (?-is)^.+\R.+\R.*XXX.*\R|\G.+\R\K.+                    |    YES   |    YES   |    YES   |     NO   |    YES   |
        •---------------------------------------------------------•----------•----------•----------•----------•----------•
        |  (?-is)^.+\R.+\R.*XXX.*\R.+                             |    YES   |    YES   |    YES   |    YES   |     NO   |
        •---------------------------------------------------------•----------•----------•----------•----------•----------•
        |  (?-is)^.+\R.+\R.*XXX.*\R.+\R.+                         |    YES   |    YES   |    YES   |    YES   |    YES   |
        •=========================================================•==========•==========•==========•==========•==========•
    

    Although, the different regexes still seem rather difficult to interpret, there are more simple than before ;-))

    Best Regards

    guy038



  • @guy038 said

    …and the commit… https://github.com/alberto-dev/notepad-plus-plus/commit/...

    I think here is the REAL commit into Notepad++ master source for this: https://github.com/notepad-plus-plus/notepad-plus-plus/commit/132441867e48240153e3b84c6e2b213ba3e0655e

    I’m not sure who “alberto” is…



  • @guy038 said

    We are, from now on, able to mark any non-empty line, involved in a multi-lines search ;-))

    Why is the qualifier “non-empty” used here? I can make it mark empty lines as well; example:

    440b1625-77c4-4af8-9701-a5522812b35f-image.png



  • Hi @alan-kilborn and All,

    Good point, Alan ! Indeed, your example works fine, too, on my configuration ;-)) It’s a chance that I wanted to be specific, mentioning “not empty” lines ! Luckily, I understood what happens :

    Consider the simple regex (?-is).*, against any text containing several pure empty lines, only. Obviously, the regex matches a zero length empty string, in any empty line. And, if your try to mark and bookmark these lines nothing is displayed on screen !

    Now, slightly change the regex as (?-is).*\R, against this multi-lines empty text. This time, the regex does match any EOF characters. So, if you use the Mark feature, with the Bookmark line option ticked, all these empty lines are normally bookmarked, and, if you click on the Show All Characters button, of the toolbar, the CR and/or LF control characters, of each pure blank line, are well highlighted in red, as expected !

    In some of my regexes, in order to shorten them, I did not end them with the \R syntax. Thus, this made me think, wrongly, that using the star quantifier *, instead of the plus quantifier + was useless, anyway and that empty lines could not be bookmarked :-((

    But it is not ! So, thanks to you, Alan, I’m going to reexamine all the regexes, described in my previous post, changing, as much as possible, any + quantifier with a * quantifier and adding the \R syntax.

    See you later,

    Best Regards,

    guy038



  • Hi, All,

    So I’ve updated all my previous regexes, in order to bookmark pure empty lines, as well ! ( They do not contain the + quantifier, anymore ! )


    This first table, below, shows how to mark consecutive lines, around a line containing a specific expression XXX. Almost obvious ;-))

        •===•======================================================•===========•==========•===========•
        |   |  REGULAR expression to mark Line X, containing 'XXX' | Nth lines |  Line X  | Mth lines |
        |   |  and Nth lines BEFORE and/or Mth lines AFTER line X  |   BEFORE  |          |   AFTER   |
        •===•======================================================•===========•==========•===========•
        |   | (?-is)^(.*\R){N}(?=.*XXX)                            |    YES    |     NO   |      NO   |
        •---•------------------------------------------------------•-----------•----------•-----------•
        |   | (?-is)^.*XXX.*\R\K(.*\R){M}                          |     NO    |     NO   |     YES   |
        •---•------------------------------------------------------•-----------•----------•-----------•
        | X | (?-is)^(.*\R){N}(?=.*XXX)|.*XXX.*\R\K(.*\R){M}       |    YES    |     NO   |     YES   |
        •---•------------------------------------------------------•-----------•----------•-----------•
        |   | (?-is)^.*XXX.*                    ( TRIVIAL case )   |     NO    |    YES   |      NO   |
        •---•------------------------------------------------------•-----------•----------•-----------•
        |   | (?-is)^(.*\R){N}.*XXX.*                              |    YES    |    YES   |      NO   |
        •---•------------------------------------------------------•-----------•----------•-----------•
        |   | (?-is)^.*XXX.*\R(.*\R){M}                            |     NO    |    YES   |     YES   |
        •---•------------------------------------------------------•-----------•----------•-----------•
        | Y | (?-is)^(.*\R){N}.*XXX.*\R(.*\R){M}                   |    YES    |    YES   |     YES   |
        •===•======================================================•===========•==========•===========•
    

    Notes :

    • You must replace the N and M variables, in the regexes, with an integer, standing for the number of wanted lines, respectively, before and after the specific line X !

    • If you choose N = 0 and/or M = 0, the different regexes still work ! So, with the help of the regexes identified with an, X or Y you can, as well, solve all the described cases ;-))

    • However, if you choose N = 0 and M <> 0, the regex, identified with an X, will not work properly when a criterion XXX begins a line


    In this second table, here are the regexes which does NOT bookmark any Line X, but only the 1 or 2 lines around the Line X :

        •=========================================================•==========•==========•==========•==========•==========•
        |  REGULAR expression, marking ONE or TWO lines, BEFORE   | 2nd line | 1st line |  Line X  | 1st line | 2nd line |
        |  / AFTER a line X, containing 'XXX', except the line X  |  BEFORE  |  BEFORE  |          |   AFTER  |   AFTER  |
        •=========================================================•==========•==========•==========•==========•==========•
        | (?-is)^.*XXX.*\R.*\R\K.*\R                              |     NO   |     NO   |     NO   |     NO   |    YES   |
        •---------------------------------------------------------•----------•----------•----------•----------•----------•
        | (?-is)^.*XXX.*\R\K.*\R                                  |     NO   |     NO   |     NO   |    YES   |     NO   |
        •---------------------------------------------------------•----------•----------•----------•----------•----------•
        | (?-is)^.*XXX.*\R\K.*\R.*\R                              |     NO   |     NO   |     NO   |    YES   |    YES   |
        •=========================================================•==========•==========•==========•==========•==========•
        | (?-is)^.*\R(?=.*XXX)                                    |     NO   |    YES   |     NO   |     NO   |     NO   |
        •---------------------------------------------------------•----------•----------•----------•----------•----------•
        | (?-is)^.*\R(?=.*XXX)|^.*XXX.*\R.*\R\K.*\R               |     NO   |    YES   |     NO   |     NO   |    YES   |
        •---------------------------------------------------------•----------•----------•----------•----------•----------•
        | (?-is)^.*\R(?=.*XXX)|^.*XXX.*\R\K.*\R                   |     NO   |    YES   |     NO   |    YES   |     NO   |
        •---------------------------------------------------------•----------•----------•----------•----------•----------•
        | (?-is)^.*\R(?=.*XXX)|^.*XXX.*\R\K.*\R.*\R               |     NO   |    YES   |     NO   |    YES   |    YES   |
        •=========================================================•==========•==========•==========•==========•==========•
        | (?-is)^.*\R(?=.*\R.*XXX)                                |    YES   |     NO   |     NO   |     NO   |     NO   |
        •---------------------------------------------------------•----------•----------•----------•----------•----------•
        | (?-is)^.*\R(?=.*\R.*XXX)|^.*XXX.*\R.*\R\K.*\R           |    YES   |     NO   |     NO   |     NO   |    YES   |
        •---------------------------------------------------------•----------•----------•----------•----------•----------•
        | (?-is)^.*\R(?=.*\R.*XXX)|^.*XXX.*\R\K.*\R               |    YES   |     NO   |     NO   |    YES   |     NO   |
        •---------------------------------------------------------•----------•----------•----------•----------•----------•
        | (?-is)^.*\R(?=.*\R.*XXX)|^.*XXX.*\R\K.*\R.*\R           |    YES   |     NO   |     NO   |    YES   |    YES   |
        •=========================================================•==========•==========•==========•==========•==========•
        | (?-is)^.*\R.*\R(?=.*XXX)                                |    YES   |    YES   |     NO   |     NO   |     NO   |
        •---------------------------------------------------------•----------•----------•----------•----------•----------•
        | (?-is)^.*\R.*\R(?=.*XXX)|^.*XXX.*\R.*\R\K.*\R           |    YES   |    YES   |     NO   |     NO   |    YES   |
        •---------------------------------------------------------•----------•----------•----------•----------•----------•
        | (?-is)^.*\R.*\R(?=.*XXX)|^.*XXX.*\R\K.*\R               |    YES   |    YES   |     NO   |    YES   |     NO   |
        •---------------------------------------------------------•----------•----------•----------•----------•----------•
        | (?-is)^.*\R.*\R(?=.*XXX)|^.*XXX.*\R\K.*\R.*\R           |    YES   |    YES   |     NO   |    YES   |    YES   |
        •=========================================================•==========•==========•==========•==========•==========•
    

    • In the third table, here are the regexes which do bookmark the Line X, as well as 1 or 2 lines around Line X :
        •===•===========================================================•==========•==========•==========•==========•==========•
        |   |  REGULAR expression, marking line X, containing 'XXX',    | 2nd line | 1st line |  Line X  | 1st line | 2nd line |
        |   |   as well as ONE or TWO lines, BEFORE / AFTER line X      |  BEFORE  |  BEFORE  |          |   AFTER  |   AFTER  |
        •===•===========================================================•==========•==========•==========•==========•==========•
        |   |  (?-is)^.*XXX.*                        ( Trivial case )   |     NO   |     NO   |    YES   |     NO   |     NO   |
        •---•-----------------------------------------------------------•----------•----------•----------•----------•----------•
        | X |  (?-is)^.*(?=XXX)|\GXXX.*\R.*\R\K.*\R                     |     NO   |     NO   |    YES   |     NO   |    YES   |
        •---•-----------------------------------------------------------•----------•----------•----------•----------•----------•
        |   |  (?-is)^.*XXX.*\R.*\R                                     |     NO   |     NO   |    YES   |    YES   |     NO   |
        •---•-----------------------------------------------------------•----------•----------•----------•----------•----------•
        |   |  (?-is)^.*XXX.*\R.*\R.*\R                                 |     NO   |     NO   |    YES   |    YES   |    YES   |
        •===•===========================================================•==========•==========•==========•==========•==========•
        |   |  (?-is)^.*\R.*XXX.*                                       |     NO   |    YES   |    YES   |     NO   |     NO   |
        •---•-----------------------------------------------------------•----------•----------•----------•----------•----------•
        | X |  (?-is)^.*\R.*(?=XXX)|\GXXX.*\R.*\R\K.*\R                 |     NO   |    YES   |    YES   |     NO   |    YES   |
        •---•-----------------------------------------------------------•----------•----------•----------•----------•----------•
        |   |  (?-is)^.*\R.*XXX.*\R.*\R                                 |     NO   |    YES   |    YES   |    YES   |     NO   |
        •---•-----------------------------------------------------------•----------•----------•----------•----------•----------•
        |   |  (?-is)^.*\R.*XXX.*\R.*\R.*\R                             |     NO   |    YES   |    YES   |    YES   |    YES   |
        •===•===========================================================•==========•==========•==========•==========•==========•
        |   |  (?-is)^.*\R(?=.*\R.*XXX)|^.*XXX.*                        |    YES   |     NO   |    YES   |     NO   |     NO   |
        •---•-----------------------------------------------------------•----------•----------•----------•----------•----------•
        | X |  (?-is)^.*\R(?=.*\R.*XXX)|^.*(?=XXX)|\GXXX.*\R.*\R\K.*\R  |    YES   |     NO   |    YES   |     NO   |    YES   |
        •---•-----------------------------------------------------------•----------•----------•----------•----------•----------•
        |   |  (?-is)^.*\R(?=.*\R.*XXX)|^.*XXX.*\R.*\R                  |    YES   |     NO   |    YES   |    YES   |     NO   |
        •---•-----------------------------------------------------------•----------•----------•----------•----------•----------•
        |   |  (?-is)^.*\R(?=.*\R.*XXX)|^.*XXX.*\R.*\R.*\R              |    YES   |     NO   |    YES   |    YES   |    YES   |
        •===•===========================================================•==========•==========•==========•==========•==========•
        |   |  (?-is)^.*\R.*\R.*XXX.*                                   |    YES   |    YES   |    YES   |     NO   |     NO   |
        •---•-----------------------------------------------------------•----------•----------•----------•----------•----------•
        | X |  (?-is)^.*\R.*\R.*(?=XXX)|\GXXX.*\R.*\R\K.*\R             |    YES   |    YES   |    YES   |     NO   |    YES   |
        •---•-----------------------------------------------------------•----------•----------•----------•----------•----------•
        |   |  (?-is)^.*\R.*\R.*XXX.*\R.*\R                             |    YES   |    YES   |    YES   |    YES   |     NO   |
        •---•-----------------------------------------------------------•----------•----------•----------•----------•----------•
        |   |  (?-is)^.*\R.*\R.*XXX.*\R.*\R.*\R                         |    YES   |    YES   |    YES   |    YES   |    YES   |
        •===•===========================================================•==========•==========•==========•==========•==========•
    

    Notes :

    • Due to the \G syntax, in the 4 regexes, identified with an X, results are not correct when a criterion XXX begins a line

    • When these regexes are used and that the criterion XXX, does not begin a line, as a side-effect, the only characters, before XXX, will be red-marked. But, luckily, any line, containing XXX, will be correctly bookmarked :-))

    Best Regards,

    guy038



  • @guy038 said:

    …the regex matches a zero length empty string, in any empty line. And, if your try to mark and bookmark these lines nothing is displayed on screen !

    Yes, I suppose that one needs to keep in mind that if a (successful) operation results in no marked text (such as a zero-length match) then as a consequence there is not going to be any bookmarked line either.



  • Hi,
    I tried to understand this topic and wonder how to solve the following task:

    Below is a list with various data – and I would like to Mark a ’Bookmark Line’ for all the Data for ’GENDER=MALE’. I want to Mark all lines between the words “STARTDATA” and “ENDDATA” for every found ’GENDER=MALE’ as seen in the Before and After text below.

    As seen below - the 2nd found ’GENDER=MALE’ contains one more extra line between its “STARTDATA” and “ENDDATA”.

    The EXAMPLE USE CASE:

    How the Data looks like BEFORE:

    STARTDATA:
    GENDER=MALE
    NAME=JOE
    AGE=34
    HEIGHT=181
    ENDDATA:
    STARTDATA:
    GENDER=FEMALE
    NAME=MARIA
    AGE=38
    HEIGHT=163
    ENDDATA:
    STARTDATA:
    GENDER=FEMALE
    NAME=DIANA
    AGE=56
    HEIGHT=150
    ENDDATA:
    STARTDATA:
    GENDER=MALE
    NAME=KEVIN
    AGE=21
    HEIGHT=201
    WEIGHT=97
    ENDDATA:

    The requested Data AFTER where I also added the Line Numbers and dots just for highlight.

    1 • STARTDATA:
    2 • GENDER=MALE
    3 • NAME=JOE
    4 • AGE=34
    5 • HEIGHT=181
    6 • ENDDATA:
    7 STARTDATA:
    8 GENDER=FEMALE
    9 NAME=MARIA
    10 AGE=38
    11 HEIGHT=163
    12 ENDDATA:
    13 STARTDATA:
    14 GENDER=FEMALE
    15 NAME=DIANA
    16 AGE=56
    17 HEIGHT=150
    18 ENDDATA:
    19 • STARTDATA:
    20 • GENDER=MALE
    21 • NAME=KEVIN
    22 • AGE=21
    23 • HEIGHT=201
    24 • WEIGHT=97
    25 • ENDDATA:

    Thanks a lot,



  • Hello, @notpad001, and All,

    First, thanks for your exact description of your problem :-))

    Ah… I see ! My regexes described in previous posts, of this topic, are useless, in your case, because you may not have the same number of lines, between your criterion GENDER= MALE and the end of the current section ENDDATA:. The previous regex examples are line-oriented ( because of the (?-is) syntax ) and catch an exact amount of lines !

    In your case, we must use the no-single line concept, so the syntax (?s-i), which allows the regex engine to consider that the dot regex symbol . matches absolutely any single character, including EOL chars. In other words, the regex will be able to match any multi-lines range of text !


    Then, if we assume that the line GENDER=..... comes right after the line STARTDATA:, the following regex could be the right one !

    SEARCH (?s-i)^STARTDATA:\RGENDER=MALE.+?^ENDDATA:

    Notes :

    • I suppose that the search is sensible to case. If NOT, simply change the beginning of the regex as (?si)

    • Now, it looks for any line STARTDATA:, beginning a line ( ^ ), followed with its line-break ( \R ) and the line GENDER=MALE

    • Then the part .+? tries to match the shortest non-null range of any character, till the line ENDDATA:, beginning a line ( ^ )

    • All lines, even partially, involved in the match, are then bookmarked


    Remark : In case the line GENDER=..... is preceded with a fix or variable amount of line(s), even empty, use the generic regex :

    SEARCH (?s-i)^STARTDATA:\R(?-s:.*\R){N,M} GENDER=MALE.+?^ENDDATA:

    For instance, if we suppose this initial text :

    STARTDATA:
    11111
    
    3333
    GENDER=MALE
    NAME=JOE
    AGE=34
    HEIGHT=181
    ENDDATA:
    STARTDATA:
    GENDER=FEMALE
    NAME=MARIA
    AGE=38
    HEIGHT=163
    ENDDATA:
    STARTDATA:
    GENDER=MALE
    NAME=JOHN
    AGE=37
    HEIGHT=197
    WEIGHT=105
    ENDDATA:
    STARTDATA:
    GENDER=FEMALE
    NAME=DIANA
    AGE=56
    HEIGHT=150
    ENDDATA:
    STARTDATA:
    1111
    2222
    GENDER=MALE
    NAME=KEVIN
    AGE=21
    HEIGHT=201
    WEIGHT=97
    ENDDATA:
    

    The regex :

    (?s-i)^STARTDATA:\R(?-s:.*\R){0,3}GENDER=MALE.+?^ENDDATA:

    correctly mark the sections, containing the line GENDER=MALE, if it exists from 0 to 3 lines between a line STARTDATA: and its line GENDER=MALE

    Note :

    • The part (?-s: begins a non-capturing group and any dot regex symbol, inside this non-capturing group, will match a single standard char ( not EOL ones )

    • The part {0,3} matches from 0 to 3 complete lines, with their line-break(s) .*\R, located before the line GENDER=MALE

    Best Regards

    guy038



  • Thanks guy038 and this was very good help –and looks promising! - but I have a dilemma:
    For GENDER=MALE I used the regex (?s-i)^STARTDATA:\R(?-s:.*\R){0,3}GENDER=MALE.+?^ENDDATA:
    => This correctly Marked row 1-6 (Great)
    However: Row 19-25 was not Marked

    For GENDER=FEMALE I used the regex (?s-i)^STARTDATA:\R(?-s:.*\R){0,3}GENDER=FEMALE.+?^ENDDATA:
    => This correctly Marked Two set of FEMALE rows 7-12 and 13-18 (Great)

    The dilemma is that the file I have contains a lot of data and I want to be able to filter out all GENDER=MALE date. (Row 1-6 and 19-25)
    I toggled:
    Bookmark line ticked
    Purge for each search
    Wrap around
    Regular expression

    Thanks a lot!

    GENDER=MALE.jpg

    GENDER=FEMALE.jpg



  • Hi NotPad001 and All,

    Ah ! I understood why the regex does not match the 2nd section with GENDER=MALE Don’t you see it ? Well, seemingly, from your picture, the last line ( line 25 ) does not end with a colon character ! And it’s obvious that searching from GENDER=FEMALE sections worked perfectly right ;-))

    So the correct regex to process is :

    SEARCH (?s-i)^STARTDATA:\R(?-s:.*\R){0,3}GENDER=MALE.+?^ENDDATA:?

    I just added a regex question mark symbol ( ? ), which is a shorthand of the {0,1} quantifier, at the end of the regex

    BTW, note that, if the line GENDER=.... is located right after the STARTDATA: line, you may simply use the shorter regex :

    SEARCH (?s-i)^STARTDATA:\RGENDER=MALE.+?^ENDDATA:?


    Now, there are a lot of methods to filter out your text : Let’s suppose that you want to keep sections with GENDER=MALE, only :

    • First, you could use an option from the Bookmark menu ( Search > Bookmark )

      • Bookmark sections containing GENDER=MALE, with the appropriate regex and, then, use the option Search > Bookmark > Remove Unmarked lines

      • Bookmark sections containing GENDER=FEMALE, with the appropriate regex and, then, use the option Search > Bookmark > Remove Bookmarked lines

    • Secondly, you could use one of the two regex S/R, below, ( Ctrl + H ), directly, searching for GENDER=FEMALE sections and clicking on the Replace All button :

      • SEARCH (?s-i)^STARTDATA:\RGENDER=FEMALE.+?^ENDDATA:?\R?

      • REPLACE Leave EMPTY

      • SEARCH (?s-i)^STARTDATA:\R(?-s:.*\R){M,N}GENDER=FEMALE.+?^ENDDATA:?\R?

      • REPLACE Leave EMPTY

    Remark that, in order to delete the entire lines ENDDATA:, we need to add the part \R? at the end of the regexes to match the line-break of lines ENDDATA(:) too, which is optional, in case that the very last line of your file is not followed with a line-break !

    Best regards,

    guy038



  • Thanks guy038 – you are spot on!
    Now it works very well after I included the missing : on the last row in my example. My fault – and I will be more observant! Also thanks for the additional information. You know your stuff!!

    Related questions on this topic:
    Is it possible to include wildcard search criteria such as instead of searching for GENDER=MALE you only search for NDER=MA in a similar way as using the star (*) in front of NDER=MA when searching for things in Excel. The requested result is to Bookmark Line the same lines as in the example that you guy038 solved.

    Because: I noticed that in case I have spaces in front of the GENDER=MALE – I cannot get it to work. Do you have any ideas how to solve that use case?

    Example: GENDER=MALE has 2 spaces in front of it – but the number of spaces can vary. Ideally I would like to use the wildcard approach as well in the cases where there are spaces in front of the text.

    Also: In case the lines STARTDATA: and ENDDATA: also have empty Spaces in front of it – can that be captured as well? The use case is to mark the same Lines as successfully marked in the example that you guy038 fixed.

    Thanks a lot!



  • @NotPad001 said in How to bookmark lines around a line containing a specific expression 'XXX' ?:

    wildcard search criteria

    You should pay closer attention.
    @guy038 is attempting to educate you about “regular expressions”.
    To even speak of “wildcard search” in the same breath is blasphemous.



  • Hello, @notpad001 and All,

    No problem ! We just have to add the regex \h*, matching any range, even null, of horizontal blank characters, so, mainly, the tab and space chars, at every beginning of line of the regex

    So, in case you want to keep sections, containing the GENDER=MALE string, this would result in the *new regex syntaxes, below :

    • SEARCH (?s-i)^\h*STARTDATA:\R\h*GENDER=FEMALE.+?^\h*ENDDATA:?\R?

    • REPLACE Leave EMPTY

    OR

    • SEARCH (?s-i)^\h*STARTDATA:\R(?-s:.*\R){M,N}\h*GENDER=FEMALE.+?^\h*ENDDATA:?\R? ( Do not forget to replace M and N variables with true integers ! )

    • REPLACE Leave EMPTY

    Test, for example, the regex (?s-i)^\h*STARTDATA:\R\h*GENDER=FEMALE.+?^\h*ENDDATA:?\R? against the text, below :

        STARTDATA:
            GENDER=MALE
        NAME=JOE
    		AGE=34
        HEIGHT=181
    				ENDDATA:
        STARTDATA:
        GENDER=FEMALE
    	NAME=MARIA
        AGE=38
        HEIGHT=163
            ENDDATA:
    	    STARTDATA:
        GENDER=FEMALE
    	NAME=DIANA
        AGE=56
    				    HEIGHT=150
        ENDDATA:
    	STARTDATA:
        GENDER=MALE
                    NAME=KEVIN
        AGE=21
        HEIGHT=201
        WEIGHT=97
    	ENDDATA:
    

    You should get the text :

        STARTDATA:
            GENDER=MALE
        NAME=JOE
    		AGE=34
        HEIGHT=181
    				ENDDATA:
    	STARTDATA:
        GENDER=MALE
                    NAME=KEVIN
        AGE=21
        HEIGHT=201
        WEIGHT=97
    		ENDDATA:
    

    And, in order to delete any blank character, after the first N characters of each line :

    • Use the Edit > Blank Operations > TAB to Space menu option to replace each tab char with its appropriate number of space character(s)

    • Secondly, use this generic regex S/R, which will delete any space char, after the first N : characters of the each line

      • SEARCH ^\x20{N}\K\x20+ ( we’ll use, in our case, the real regex ^\x20{4}\K\x20+ )

      • REPLACE Leave EMPTY

    After clicking on the Replace All button, exclusively, you’re left with that expected result :

        STARTDATA:
        GENDER=MALE
        NAME=JOE
        AGE=34
        HEIGHT=181
        ENDDATA:
        STARTDATA:
        GENDER=MALE
        NAME=KEVIN
        AGE=21
        HEIGHT=201
        WEIGHT=97
        ENDDATA:
    

    Cheers,

    guy038



  • Hi, @notpad001, @alan-kilborn,

    Alan, I wouldn’t say it is blasphemous, but rather inappropriate !

    BR

    guy038


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