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Old 12-05-2010, 09:52 PM   #1
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Grep Find & Replace

I am a novice Grep user.

Can someone help me with the Grep expression to FIND all text within parentheses, including the parentheses themselves, and the blank space before and after?

BRFORE: Yada yada (text text) yada yada.

AFTER: Yada yada yada yada.

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Fabe, would it be something like
Search for
Code:
\s\(.+?\)\s
replace with a single space (or remove one of the the '\s' and replace with nothing.

Edit:
\s = whitespace
\( = open parenthesis
.+? = any text possibly none
\) = close parenthesis
\s = whitespace

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\s\(.+?\)\s
Perkin - Thank you, that worked perfectly. I learned several things, much obliged.

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ADDENDUM:

There is a flaw. If there are two parenthetical entries in a paragraph, this FIND & REPLACE eliminates the text between them along with what's inside.
EXAMPLE:

Now is the time for all good men (and women for that matter) to come to the aid of (or at least make a donation to) their country.

RETURNS:

Now is the time for all good men their country.
What to do? - Fabe

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Old 12-06-2010, 12:00 PM   #4
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I think that depends on which version/adaptation you're using.
Also if the version your using has a switch to allow 'minimal matching' (or lazy) (much like the Sigil S&R dialog) that should then capture correctly.

That's what the '?' should be doing anyway.
You could also try changing the '+' to '*'
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