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#9 add regex support for copy-mode search

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nobody
2014-02-26
2012-08-20
Ed Peschko
No

As it stands, the only way to search back through buffer history is via literal string, which is often not that useful, especially if you only have a partial idea of what you are searching for.

Hence, it would be very helpful if tmux supported PCRE-type regular expressions, with options to backslash special characters in case a literal search is required. Whether this replaces the default searching method is debatable, but having it would be a lifesaver in some circumstances (it is one of the main deficiencies I see in screen that should IMO be fixed there as well.

Discussion

  • Thomas Adam
    Thomas Adam
    2012-09-14

    I'd personally think that PCRE is bloat; we can support simple globbing through fnmatch() anyway.

     
  • I think new commands to do a regex search wouldn't be too hard, but definitely no PCRE. I wonder about changing find-window to do regexs too at the same time though.

     
  • Ticket moved from /p/tmux/feature-requests/102/