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Re: Regexp replacement question

From: Joost Kremers
Subject: Re: Regexp replacement question
Date: 23 Apr 2015 10:09:17 GMT
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MBR wrote:
> But what do I do if I want to replace leading zeroes with the same 
> number of spaces.  E.G. if my file contains:
> Ideas?

AFAIK "regular" regular expressions (pardon the pun) won't allow you to
do this. But at least with `replace-regexp' you can use Elisp
expressions in your replacement string, something like (untested):

M-x replace-regexp RET ^0+ RET
\,(make-string (length \&) " ")

Here, \& refers to the whole match. You can also use \1, \2, etc. to
refer to submatches.

IIUC such constructs aren't possible when the search/replace isn't
interactive, though.


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