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|Replace text in many files or buffers. ||Shift-F7|
This command prompts for the text to search for and the replacement
text. Then it prompts for a file name which may contain wildcards.
The command then performs a query-replace on each file that
matches the pattern, going to each occurrence of the search text, and
asking whether or not to replace it.
If the use-grep-ignore-file-variables variable is nonzero, Epsilon
skips over any file with an extension listed in
grep-ignore-file-extensions; by default some binary file types are
excluded, or those that match the grep-ignore-file-basename,
grep-ignore-file-pattern, or grep-ignore-file-types variables.
With a numeric argument, the command instead searches through all
buffers. The buffer name pattern may contain the wildcard characters
? to match any single character,
* to match zero or more
characters, or a character class like
[^a-zA-Z] to match any
At each occurrence of the search text, you have these choices:
- Y or <Space>
- replaces and goes to the next match.
- N or <Backspace>
- doesn't replace, but goes to the next match.
- exits immediately.
- replaces and then exits.
- backs up to the previous match, as long as it's within the same
- replaces all remaining occurrences in the current file without
prompting, then asks if you want to replace all occurrences without
prompting in all remaining files.
- replaces the current match but doesn't go to the next match.
- enters a recursive edit, allowing you to modify the buffer
arbitrarily. When you exit the recursive edit with exit-level, the
- exits and returns point to its original location in the
current buffer, then asks if you want to look for possible
replacements in the remaining files.
- toggles the state of word mode.
- toggles the state of regular expression mode (see the
description of regex-replace).
- toggles the state of case-folding.
- Any other key
- causes the command to skip to the next file.
The command doesn't save modified files back to disk. You can use the
save-all-buffers command on Ctrl-X S to do this.
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