Attached is a version that doesn't strip spaces from around the replace_metadata regular expressions. However, I can't stop the .ini parser stripping trailing spaces. So I've added a '\s'->' ' feature for the replacement string.
## So this works now:
ships=> & =>/
## But to do the reverse, replace name/name with name & name,
## you have to do this:
UPDATE Apr 27 2013 - Remove obsolete beta versions