Red Hat Bugzilla – Bug 654188
Cannot Find or Find/Replace Text that Contains Angle Brackets
Last modified: 2012-08-16 18:18:16 EDT
Description of problem:
If the user searches for a string that contains angle brackets (such as an XML or HTML tag), the "find" tool will not be able to locate it.
Version-Release number of selected component (if applicable):
2.30.4-1.fc14 (64 bit)
Steps to Reproduce:
1. Open up an XML file, such as one that contains a lot of <listitem> tags.
2. Search -> Find -> <listitem> (with the "Match entire word only" option ticked.)
3. Nothing is found.
4. Search again for listitem without the angle brackets. All instances will be found.
5. The Search->Replace tool suffers from the same problem.
Cannot find the instances of the string <listitem> in the document.
Every instance of <listitem> in text should be highlighted and hitting find should jump user from instance to instance.
I tried variants such as listitem> (with just the closing angle bracket) and the same problem occurs so there seems to be a problem with using the angle bracket character when doing searches in this release of gEdit.
It seems that gedit iterates through the document looking for text matching the input text. If found and 'Entire word' is checked, it then does a check that the found text starts and ends as a natural word according to the Pango library via the GtkTextIter::gtk_text_iter_starts_word and GtkTextIter::gtk_text_iter_starts_word functions (gedit-document.c:1883 and others) .
As a < or > bracket is not part of a natural language word according to Pango the find fails.
I'm not convinced thisa is a bug nor how useful the 'entire word' search is for XML elements in any case - unchecking 'Match entire word only' will find the text.
Assigning for the maintainer to comment before closing.
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