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incremental regexp search string

From: Robert J. Chassell
Subject: incremental regexp search string
Date: Mon, 19 Dec 2005 19:43:27 +0000 (UTC)

Searching for   \[\[ [0-9]+

Currently, when I write to another person telling him of an
incremental regexp search expression with some special constructs used
as ordinary characters, it appears I must say the expression in words:

    two left square brackets followed by a space and a number between 0
    and 9.

and he must type   [[ [0-9]+

On the other hand, for `occur' interactively, I can suggest  \[\[ [0-9]+
as an argument that he simply copy.

Specifically, when I try to tell my correspondent that he should seek
\[\[ [0-9]+   an incremental regexp search looks for   \\\[\\\[ \[0-9\]\+
which is not what I intend.

An incremental regexp search for   [[ [0-9]+   produces   \[\[ \[0-9\]\+
which is not what I want either.

I can edit   \[\[ \[0-9\]\+   using M-e and the search then succeeds.

Besides editing, is there anything I can do to enable me to send a
message about a specific incremental regexp search?  If so we should
document better.  Or is my quest a lose?

    Robert J. Chassell
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