use of regular expressions on Textpad
Thread poster: Angel Llacuna

Angel Llacuna  Identity Verified
Spain
Local time: 11:10
English to Spanish
May 23

How can I specify a regular expression on Texpad that searches for the second occurrence of a tab character on each row of a plain text file ?

 

Endre Both  Identity Verified
Germany
Local time: 11:10
Member (2002)
English to German
Test this May 23

Never heard of Texpad before and didn't find information on the regex flavour it uses, but you could try something like this:

^[^\t]*\t[^\t]*\t

This is predicated on the regex engine representing tabs as \t and allowing for excluding character ranges, e.g. [^\t] meaning any character except tab.

Also, it matches the entire row up to the second tab; if you need only the tab matched, it will get a tad more complicated as you need to look into whether the regex engine supports lookbehind (= checking the environment to the left of a potential match, in this case the tab).


 


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