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34. Searching and Matching

GNU Emacs provides two ways to search through a buffer for specified text: exact string searches and regular expression searches. After a regular expression search, you can examine the match data to determine which text matched the whole regular expression or various portions of it.

34.1 Searching for Strings  Search for an exact match.
34.2 Regular Expressions  Describing classes of strings.
34.3 Regular Expression Searching  Searching for a match for a regexp.
34.4 POSIX Regular Expression Searching  Searching POSIX-style for the longest match.
34.5 Search and Replace  Internals of query-replace.
34.6 The Match Data  Finding out which part of the text matched various parts of a regexp, after regexp search.
34.7 Searching and Case  Case-independent or case-significant searching.
34.8 Standard Regular Expressions Used in Editing  Useful regexps for finding sentences, pages,...

The `skip-chars...' functions also perform a kind of searching. See section 30.2.7 Skipping Characters.


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