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Re: align mysteries

From: Teemu Likonen
Subject: Re: align mysteries
Date: Fri, 15 Oct 2021 12:32:40 +0300
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* 2021-10-14 20:59:54+0200, Lars Ingebrigtsen wrote:

> So we should at least have a doc string fix here.  But is this how
> `align' is supposed to work?  It seems awfully quirky.

I will add that I have tried to use `align' a couple of times but I
couldn't figure how to use it. It has been easier to manually align

But now I was successful with `align-regexp'. Consider the following
text as region:

    foo bar zot
    lalala y indeed

C-u M-x align-regexp

    Complex align using regexp: \(\s-*\)      [add one space at the end]
    Parenthesis group to modify (justify if negative): 1
    Amount of spacing (or column if negative): 1
    Repeat throughout line? (y or n) y

The resulting text:

    foo     bar  zot
    lalala  y    indeed

I don't quite understand those options but I mostly accepted the
defaults. For the first question I had to add one space (see above).

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