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Re: [Nmh-workers] Wishlist item - beefing up slocal pattern matching

From: Jerry Peek
Subject: Re: [Nmh-workers] Wishlist item - beefing up slocal pattern matching
Date: Sun, 25 Dec 2005 15:41:52 -0700

On 25 December 2005 at 11:02, "Mike O'Dell" <address@hidden> wrote:
> Norman Shapiro wrote:
> > Although pick matches a lower case letter in the pattern insensitively,
> > upper case letters in the pattern match only upper case letters.
> i never knew this. it's an amusing hack which makes lotsa sense,
> assuming you know about it (grin).

It's great for searching if you know that the subject or body has
a word or acronym with some upper-case.  But it's a pain when you
forget this semi-case-sensitive behavior and a search fails.

One of the suggestions for mh-format was that we add -script to
specify a different scripting language than the default.  Maybe
we should think about adding a switch like -regexp or something
to pick and friends that specifies regular expressions?  Even if
we don't want case sensitivity, I can sure think of cases where
full regexp handling -- even with greedy and non-greedy stars
and more, like Perl -- would be handy.  Right now I resort to
writing a Perl or other script to do some searches that plain
shell-type wildcards can't do.  (I haven't checked the code.
This might be hard to implement  But hey, this is a wishlist. :)


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