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Re: hexl-mode: searching for multi byte sequence?

From: Eli Zaretskii
Subject: Re: hexl-mode: searching for multi byte sequence?
Date: Tue, 14 Jul 2015 17:51:17 +0300

> From: "Stephen J. Turnbull" <address@hidden>
> Date: Tue, 14 Jul 2015 16:07:47 +0900
> Cc: address@hidden
> Alfred M. Szmidt writes:
>  > Is there some way in hexl-mode to  search for a (hex, octal, ...) byte
>  > sequence?  Currently, C-s behaves a  bit strange in at least two regards:
>  > 
>  > 1) If  file contains  the byte sequence  #xDEADBEAF, depending  on how
>  >    they are  aligned (odd  or even  word), one has  to look  for "DEAD
>  >    BEAF" and "DE ADBE AF".
> C-u C-s de\(.\n\)*ad\(.\|\n\)*be\(.\|\n\)*af
> is what I'd use.  It has obvious defects, and it would be nice if
> hexl-mode provided something a little less greedy (eg a transformation
> to a 3-armed disjunction allowing at most one newline plus handling
> the leading byte number after the newline).

Hexl already provides something similar, see
hexl-isearch-search-function.  It allows to search in the text column
strings that span multiple lines, for example.  It should be enhanced
to support Alfred's use case (and somebody please document it!).

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