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bug #56443: [Wish] allow using \t in a string or regex, to represent a tab

Submitter:  Benno Schulenberg <bens>
Submitted:  Wed 05 Jun 2019 05:20:42 PM UTC
Severity:  1 - Wish Status:  Wont Fix
Assigned to:  None Open/Closed:  Closed

Sun 28 Aug 2022 07:23:43 AM UTC, comment #1: 

Attached patch interprets \t for regex strings in a nanorc.  This would have to be factored out into a function and then called also from parse_next_word() and parse_argument().

But I'm not going to implement that.  It would basically mean that everything in a nanorc would get passed over twice, and in the vast majority of cases in vain.  That is too much of a waste.  Also, no user actually asked for this feature, so... closing.

(file #53611)

Benno Schulenberg <bens>
Project Administrator
Wed 05 Jun 2019 05:20:42 PM UTC, original submission:  

Having to type M-V ^I to insert an actual tab character into a regex is akward and the result doesn't look good.  It would be nice if nano allowed the use of \t inside regex strings.

Benno Schulenberg <bens>
Project Administrator


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    Date Changed by Updated Field Previous Value => Replaced by
    2022-09-14 bens Open/ClosedOpen Closed
    2022-09-01 bens Open/ClosedClosed Open
    2022-08-28 bens Open/ClosedOpen Closed
    2022-08-28 bens Attached File- Added change-backslash-t-in-regex-to-a-tab.patch, #53611
        StatusNone Wont Fix
    2022-03-14 bens Summary[Request] allow using \t in a string or regex, to represent a tab [Wish] allow using \t in a string or regex, to represent a tab

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