This feature is marked as third degree (³), ie.: an innovative feature that’s very rare in other editors, mostly not because of the main functionality (which I’d expect to exist in some editors or IDEs), but because of a specific, very rich implementation of history of the searches. Details follow.
Starting A Search
Alt-equal to explicitly start a new grep search – a window
will open asking for the search query and allowing to select the
grep tool to be used to run the search:
You can pass options to the grep tool normally, by entering them side by side with the query string, eg.:
GPtrArray –cc -i # search only C/C++ files case insensitively
You can also normally pass on the directory to search in:
GPtrArray –cc -i glib # search in ./glib subdirectory
Navigating To Results
While the search is ongoing you may freely use the editor. When the search finishes a window with results will open, like above.
To jump to the pointed location, press Enter. You may also edit the results – by pressing Delete to remove an entry from the list.
Viewing Whole Result Lines
If the result line is too long to fit into the screen you can view it whole by pressing F3 (i.e.: the View action of listbox) on it. A new window will open at bottom of the screen containing the complete line, eg.:
Recalling Previous Searches
Alt-minus to move to the already done, most recent search’s
results. Press it again to move to its search query window (where
you can edit the query and replace the results if you want). One
more time, to move to the one-earlier search results, and so on.
Alt-plus to move in opposite direction – ie. to towards the
most recent search.
When using those bindings while there aren’t any past searches
available, they’ll work the same as
Alt-equal, ie. they’ll start
a new search by opening a fresh search query window.
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