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Re: Select/highlight and *copy* matches of some regex

From: tomas
Subject: Re: Select/highlight and *copy* matches of some regex
Date: Mon, 27 Jun 2022 18:12:30 +0200

On Mon, Jun 27, 2022 at 05:52:48PM +0200, Joost wrote:
> Hi all,
> I've been looking for at least an hour for something that my Sublime-using 
> colleagues seem to be able to do out of the box... Highlight all matches of 
> some regex in the current buffer and then copy/kill *all* of those matches so 
> that you can yank them in a new buffer.
> The first part, highlighting all matches, is not a problem. But I haven't 
> found a way yet to then extract all matches.
> I've also looked for third-party packages, but haven't been able to find 
> anything. I read a few times that `multiple-cursors` can kill all matches as 
> a rectangle, so that you can use `yank-rectangle`, but I haven't been able to 
> make that work.
> So what am I overlooking here? I mean, there *must* be a way, right?

Not a direct answer to your question, but perhaps similar. If you
can live with selecting /lines/ containing a match, there's "occur"
(M-x occur).

Each match is a "live link" to the location. You can even edit the
matches in the occur buffer itself (key 'e').

I didnt try what happens when you do a query-replace in the occur
buffer while it is in "edit" mode. But worth a try ;-)


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