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Re: Find first line FOLLOWING a sequence of matches

From: Bob Proulx
Subject: Re: Find first line FOLLOWING a sequence of matches
Date: Tue, 28 Apr 2015 22:37:00 -0600
User-agent: Mutt/1.5.23 (2014-03-12)

Subhan Michael Tindall wrote:
> Looking for a way to search for the LAST match for a given element

As a quick hint looking for the last item is the same as a
search backward from the bottom up.  The last item is the first one
found in reverse.  Does that help?

> With that I should be able to macro-ize my keystrokes and save some
> time, or better yet come up with something to fully process the file
> EG:
> Insert ,* a header
> Search for a in column 1
> Find the last a in the block

Jump to the bottom of the file.  Search upward with one of the search
backward commands.  Perhaps search-backward-regexp?  That will locate
the last item.  Then move to the beginning of line.  Then next line.
That should do what you need.

> Move down a line
> Copy m & insert ,* m header
> Search for m in column 1
> <repeat>

Seems like you should be able to macro-ize that process easily.


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