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I want to do find and replace. For example we have a string with something like .
"  select * from table a, table b where
a.id = b.id
/*<input>
and
a.input = ?
<input>*/   "

Now i want tofind all /*<input>  and <input>*/ and replace it with blank space or remove it. Some time we also  have to removemutilple tag. maybe also remove /*<account> with input also.
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Question by:shetty01
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by:Sathish David Kumar N
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u need progrmatically  or manually??
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by:Sathish David Kumar N
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Manualy means go to file open that give find replace!
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by:Gurvinder Pal Singh
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String str="select * from table a, table b where a.id = b.id /*<input> and a.input = ? <input>*/  ";
System.out.println(str.replaceAll("<input>","\\s"));
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by:käµfm³d 👽
ID: 33657393
I would think you would do something like:

Find:

    /\*.+?\*/

Replace:

    [empty string]
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rocman earned 2000 total points
ID: 33658447
Hi shetty01,

Assuming that you want to remove the pair of matching tags only (i.e. leaving the string "and
a.input = ?"), and that you are manipulating the strings in Java ...

// Remove "/* <TAG>" and "<TAG> */" from the input line ...
Pattern tagStart = Pattern.compile("/\* *<TAG>");  // Note that "/\*" is slash, backslash, star
Pattern tagEnd = Pattern.compile("<TAG> *\*/"); // and " *\*/" is space, star, backslash, star, slash

Matcher matcher;
// Loop over all your lines
...
    String nextLine = ...
    //
    String newLine;
    matcher = tagStart.match(nextLine);
    newLine = matcher.replaceAll("");
    matcher = tagEnd.match(newLine);
    newLine = matcher.replaceAll("");
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by:Valeri
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Is it the same question?!
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Does the /*<input> and <input>*/ are considered to be something like start and end tag? I think they are, so try this, because '*' must be avoided in this way :
System.out.println(str.replaceAll("/\\*<input>","").replaceAll("<input>\\*/",""));
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by:shetty01
ID: 33664757
what should be the way if i have more than one tag to remove. and i dont know what tag to remove.I am looping thry some map. and based on the key, value, i have to remove all of those from the string and create new string and return new string.
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by:Valeri
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>> what should be the way if i have more than one tag to remove...
Then you have to "create" your start and end of the tag in this way:
String start = "/\\*" + tagNameTakenFromTheLoop;
String end = "\\*/" + tagNameTakenFromTheLoop;
Then use just the same line I proposed in comment #33660548
System.out.println(str.replaceAll(start,"").replaceAll(end,""));
I think that this is the simplest solution.
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