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Old 02-07-2024, 02:08 AM   #1
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Question Help with Find and Replace

I'm having a problem in trying to edit some books etc that retain particular text in the html file that I would like to remove using the find and replace function.

An example is.... (88 of 243)20-2-2006 21:47:27</p>

There are obviously 243 occurrences of this text and rather than replace them one by one is it there a 'wildcard' I could use to find and replace all occurrences? Date and time stay the same for all 243 entries, but the *** of 243 changes every 100-150 lines or so.

I'm very new to html editing and anything other than a fairly simple solution would be beyond my limited capabilities.

Thanks in anticipation.

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Old 02-07-2024, 10:43 AM   #2
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That appears to be a PDF conversion remnant

REGEX is your buddy. There are tutorials here on MR.


<p class="something">
(88 of 243)20-2-2006 21:47:27</p>
(I added the rest of the paragraph in purple , to avoid possibility's of over cleaning)

Code:
<p class="\w+">\(\d+ of \d+\)\d\d-\d{1,2}-\d{4}\s\d\d\:\d\d:\d\d</p>
You may need to adjust the former purple part based upon what you see. Other adjustments based upon what you see. There is no single REGEX to rule them all. I keep basic patterns (as a template) like above, and adjust (and test), in saved searches.

\d is a digit, + allows multiplies. {#} is an exact quantity of them
\s is whitespace
I 'escaped' symbols to be safe \( \) as they can have meaning in a pattern
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Thank you. Will see how I go and respond accordingly.
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I'm going to assume that you will save backup copies before editing the books?
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Very good advice! Thanks for that.
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