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Old 01-10-2017, 04:15 PM   #1
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Bulk Edit Search & Replace expressions?

Sorry if it sounds crazy..

I'm trying to write a bulk search & replace to replace the tags column with #pages " Pages" (To look like 228 Pages" in the tags column that's otherwise empty). What I have is:
Regex: search field = tags
Search for: \*
Replace with: #pages " Pages"
Destination field: tags

It sees the tags field ok but just repeats it in the destination field. I've tried different replace with and nothing works. I've also tried in on books with a blank tags field.

Thanks
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Old 01-11-2017, 08:27 AM   #2
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If I understand you correctly you are trying to replace the tags field with text that is variable depending on the book. A book has a custom column #pages, presumably filled in by something like the Count Pages plugin. In book A the value could be 231 and book B the value could be 195. You want the tags column in book A to contain "231 pages" and in book B to contain "195 pages".

You can do this in calibre, but not in the way you are suggesting. However, before I go into that, why not use the custom column directly? Why put the information into tags?

Assuming you really want to put the info into tags, your S&R should look like this:
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Old 01-12-2017, 12:23 AM   #3
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Thanks Chaley (again)!!!

I said it sounds crazy... The pages download into CC fine but FBReader doesn't pick it up.
You said most readers don't. However I noticed that it does pick up tags and since I don't ever use them I manually changed all new books before sending and liked it so I've tried to mechanize it. After exhaustion trying I called for help and you stepped up. So many thanks.

PS some times I just want a quick read or avoid a long one so pages matter to me.
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This might not work for your reader, or it might not be what you want in appearance, but I added the page number to the title (I have a weird thing that I prefer to read from the shortest book to the longest, with few exceptions). In my case, I have it at the beginning of the title.
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Thanks, MerlinMama. Just for the sake of options, how did you go about doing that?
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When device is connected, Device=>Configure the device. At the bottom of the "File Format" tab, you find the Save Template box. I put my template in there.

To cover my bases, I also saved my template in these two places: Preferences=>Sending books to devices; as well as Preferences=>Metadata Plugboards.
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save template affects Filename

Kindles use metadata , so the plug board inserts non-standard(to the K) data into the standard places without needing to corrupt the field in the library
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