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query-replace-regexp-eval is quite nice, but...

From: David Kastrup
Subject: query-replace-regexp-eval is quite nice, but...
Date: 02 Feb 2004 09:53:08 +0100

The description tells us


    TO-EXPR is a Lisp expression evaluated to compute each
    replacement.  It may reference `replace-count' to get the number
    of replacements already made.  If the result of TO-EXPR is not a
    string, it is converted to one using `prin1-to-string' with the
    NOESCAPE argument (which see).

    For convenience, when entering TO-EXPR interactively, you can use
    `\&' or `\0' to stand for whatever matched the whole of REGEXP,
    and `\N' (where N is a digit) to stand for whatever matched the
    Nth `\(...\)' in REGEXP.  Use `\#&' or `\#N' if you want a number
    instead of a string.

So the idea is to build your replacement string with Lisp, and this
is quite an excellent thing.  It is completely defeated because the
replacement is then done non-literally.  Which means that if
would have matched \footnote, replacing the string just with \0 (which
one would expect to do nothing in effect) will barf because the
regexp replacer will not know what \f is supposed to be.

Is there anybody that would make a case for a non-literal
replacement?  If not, is there anybody with enough of a clue to find
out how to fix this?  I have taken a look at perform-replace, but it
does not seem to offer an option for literal replacement for
regexps.  Should we add one?

David Kastrup, Kriemhildstr. 15, 44793 Bochum

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