In perl regexp syntax, \b (b means bareword) can be used for searching a whole word. I.e. \btext\b:
Will match: text, @text, <space here>text!, etc
Won't match: textile, mytext.
I've been looking for a similar feature in vim for months, with no luck, until today. I've found out how to do that, the syntax is simplyÂ \<text\>. Works for search mode (/,?), substitute (:s), and probably for other modes as well.
Actually that's what the #, * keys do (search for the under-the-cursor whole word), and that's how I found that out.
Thanks for sharing this tip. Here are a few notes:
1. perldoc perlre says:
\b Match a word boundary
\B Match except at a word boundary
So it's possible "b" means "boundary" instead of "bareword". But who really cares.
2. Next time you're looking for how to do something using Vim, you should go to Freenode's "#vim" channel and ask there. There are many knowledgeable people there, and they can probably help you. There's also a Vim mailing list.
3. Perhaps someone should write a Perl Regex->Vim Regex and back cheat-sheet. I recall something like that in the Vim docs, but cannot find it now.
Shlomi: thanks for the correction and the irc tip!
I've spent 2 hours trying to find what was wrong with this:
After looking at your post, I've found that it should be this:
Hmm, it lookes like the text was garbled in my last post. The correct one looks like this:
""" \(\\).*\1 """
replace \b with \
Very helpful indeed
Thanks! Needed that for highlighting syntax files. It works!
Thanks! Really helpful for a syntax file 🙂