For context, I am something of an emacs newbie. I haven't used it for very long, but have been using it more and more (I like it a lot). Also I'm comfortable with lisp, but not super familiar with elisp.
What I need to do is bind a regular expression to a keyboard combination because I use this particular regex so often.
What I've been doing:
Note, I used newline above, but I've found that for isearch-forward-regex, you really need to replace the
\n in your regex with
C-q Q-j, which lets me match my expression across lines.
How can I bind this to a key combination? I vaguely understand that I need to create an elisp function which executes isearch-forward-regex with my expression, but I'm fuzzy on the details. I've searched google and found most documentation to be a tad confusing.
How can I bind a regular expression to a key combination in emacs?
Mike Stone had the best answer so far -- not exactly what I was looking for but it worked for what I needed
Edit - this sort of worked, but after storing the macro, when I went back to use it later, I couldn't use it with C-xe. (ie, if I reboot emacs and then type M-x macro-name, and then C-xe, I get a message in the minibuffer like 'no last kbd macro' or something similar)
@Mike Stone - Thanks for the information. I tried creating a macro like so:
C-x( M-C-s ^.*Table\(\(.*C-q C-J\)*?GO\) C-x)
This created my macro, but when I executed my macro I didn't get the same highlighting that I ordinarily get when I use
isearch-forward-regexp. Instead it just jumped to the end of the next match of the expression. So that doesn't really work for what I need. Any ideas?
Edit: It looks like I can use macros to do what I want, I just have to think outside the box of isearch-forward-regex. I'll try what you suggested.