eclispe search for pattern

Posted on 2014-01-29
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Last Modified: 2014-01-29

I would like to search for *** but eclipse searching for *.*.* as attached which i do not want. how to fix.
please advise
Any links resources ideas highly appreciated. Thanks in advance
Question by:gudii9
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by:Ken Butters
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If I understand you correctly you are wanting to search for a string "***" within the eclipse editor.

It may be possible that your search request is being done with the regular expresssion box checked.

if you want to just search for a string of 3 asterisks... make sure the regular expression box is unchecked in the find/replace dialog box.

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ID: 39818733
It is unchecked only as attached. Please advise
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Ken Butters earned 2000 total points
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Sorry... I thought you were doing find/replace search within a file.

That particular input box is expecting * to represent a wildcard.  In  this case you have to escape the asterisk with a backslash.

Use the following as your search string and it will work as you expect it to


Here is a reference:


Pay particular attention to the link :

"Searching for text within a file" ... it has this comment:

Use \ as an escape character for search strings that contain the special characters *, ?, or \, (for example: d:\\directory\\filename.ext).

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