Add specific line to a large quantity of .nfo files
Hi, I have a collection of over 1000 .nfo files in which I would like to add this specific line in the beginning of each files:
<?xml version=“1.0” encoding=“UTF-8” standalone=“yes”?>
Is the way that I can do this?
Thanks for any cue!
Search > Find in Files.
- FIND =
- REPLACE =
<?xml version="1.0" encoding="UTF-8" standalone="yes"?>\r\n
- FILTERS =
- Directory = (set as appropriate)
- SEARCH MODE = Regular Expression.
Matching only at the beginning of a file isn’t always easy, especially in Find In Files. Based on previous discussions, including https://community.notepad-plus-plus.org/topic/19748/how-to-insert-text-into-the-second-line-with-regex-in-notepad/14 and https://community.notepad-plus-plus.org/topic/15998/regex-anchor-for-beginning-of-file, I believe that to anchor your search at the beginning,
\A^should work. If it doesn’t, restore you data from backups, and give us more information, so we can help figure out what went wrong.
(it’s also often a good idea to test on just one file first – change filter to
blah.nfo, where that’s just one file’s name – it’s easier to undo the action that way.)
This regex makes sense to me, based on my understanding of your issue, and is published here to help you learn how to do this. I make no guarantees or warranties as to the functionality for you. You are responsible to save and backup all data before and after running this regex.
- FIND =
That did the trick! Thanks a lot!
Matching only at the beginning of a file isn’t always easy…
But, isn’t it easy now? (Now meaning 7.9.1 and later)
At that point, N++ regex got a fix for
\Awhich allows that sort of replacement to work, without a
^hanging off the end, or other tricks.
From the 7.9.1 announcement is item number 3:
3. Fix RegEx look behind operations and \A and and \b and \z (Fix #713, #1870, #2216, #2360, #9004, #4855).
Of course, OP in this thread could be using some earlier version…