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tareyton



Joined: 01 Feb 2009
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PostPosted: Sun Feb 01, 2009 3:58 pm    Post subject: Basic text deletion Reply with quote

OK I am sorry but I can't figure out what according to the Help file should be the most basic of tasks.

I have the following file

-AC-DC- songname.mp3

I want to rename it to

songname.mp3

I tried the following

Search: '-'
Replace:

the result is a blank file name.

What am i doing wrong?

James
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PostPosted: Mon Feb 02, 2009 12:41 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

The 'dash' character is a special character in regular expressions.

You have to prevent the dash from being interpreted as a special character either by enclosing it in square brackets
e.g. [-]

or preceeding it with a backslash character

e.g. \-

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tareyton



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PostPosted: Mon Feb 02, 2009 1:24 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

thanks. So I have to insert brackets before each '-' then remove everything between the brackets?

Even in files without '-" I still can't get the replace function to work. Anytime I place Replace: in the Replace pattern column it gives me a blank file name.

For example I tried to duplicate the example from the help file

soccer1.avi

Search: 'soccer'
Replace: 'football'

result is a blank file name.

I am putting the search command in the Search Pattern column and the replace command in the replace pattern columns.

James
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PostPosted: Mon Feb 02, 2009 1:55 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Man I am dumb I just figured it out you don't actually have to type the words search and replace
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