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Query search text escapes

How do you escape things when query-searching text?

Suppose I want to know all the documents of a particular type that use the %RED% macro in their text. This seems like a ready-made use for query searching a-la:
%SEARCH{"DocumentClass.DocumentType='Document' AND text ~ '*%RED%*'" type="query" bla bla bla...}%
Except it doesn't work!

How to escape the "%" characters in this case? Using "$percnt" doesn't work.

As a workaround you can
%SEARCH{"DocumentClass.DocumentType='Document' AND text ~ '*RED%*'" type="query" bla bla bla...}%

but that would also get %FRED% etc.

-- BigBaaadBob - 15 Dec 2009

Interesting question; no, $percnt won't work. I'm struggling to think of a way to do that. Logically

Searched: TopicTitle~'\%RED\%'
Number of topics: 0

ought to work.

-- CrawfordCurrie - 16 Dec 2009

Yes, I tried that (escaping with backslashes) and I agree it ought to work, but it doesn't for me. Is this a bug or a feature request?

-- BigBaaadBob - 16 Dec 2009

More an oversight. See Tasks.Item2508. The patch is against the trunk, but the fix to Foswiki/Infix/Parser is so trivial, you may want to try applying it yourself (forget about the unit tests).

-- CrawfordCurrie - 16 Dec 2009

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Subject Topic Markup Language and applications
Version Foswiki 1.0.7
Status Answered
Topic revision: r4 - 16 Dec 2009, CrawfordCurrie - This page was cached on 21 Mar 2018 - 06:24.

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