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RE: [h-e-w] Re: isearch-regexp-in-all-matching-files-in-tree?

From: Dalton, Barnaby
Subject: RE: [h-e-w] Re: isearch-regexp-in-all-matching-files-in-tree?
Date: Tue, 15 Oct 2002 09:21:03 +0100

To rename files I use a perl script 'rename' from the perl cookbook

To replace stuff in files have a look at
. I use grep-x which does what you asked with the grep buffer but there are
other options documented here as well.


> -----Original Message-----
> From: Thomas L Roche []
> Sent: 14 October 2002 7:56 PM
> To: David Forrest
> Cc:;
> Subject: [h-e-w] Re: isearch-regexp-in-all-matching-files-in-tree?
> On Mon, 14 Oct 2002, Tom Roche wrote:
> >> Use case: I'm in a dired buffer in GNU Emacs 21.1.1 on w2k. I
> >> want to _interactively_ search for the string 'GenericAction'
> >> (and replace with 'ActionClass') in all files with names
> >> matching '*.java' anywhere in the directory tree below the
> >> current directory.
> Dave Forrest 10/14/2002 02:37 PM
> > Would the Operate/Query replace in marked files Q
> >  or
> > dired-do-query-replace do what you need?
> No, because it requires marking the matching files first, but if
> there's a way to do that, I could (manually) chain the two
> operations.
> Alternatively, is there a way that I could query-replace-regexp
> on a grep-mode buffer, instead of a dired buffer? I'd be happy if
> I could
> M-x grep-find RET
> find . -type f -print0 -name '*.java'| xargs -0 -e grep -n -e 
> 'GenericAction' | grep -v 'EGLGenericAction' | grep -v 
> 'GenericActionModel' | grep -v 'GenericActionCodeGenContrib' RET
> GenericAction RET
> ActionClass RET

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