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! ! ! breaks ivy--exhibit #976

Wilfred opened this Issue Apr 26, 2017 · 3 comments


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Wilfred commented Apr 26, 2017

Typing "! ! ! " in the minibuffer with counsel-M-x produces:

Error in post-command-hook (ivy--exhibit): (error "Unexpected: use only one !")

This seems to happen with all counsel commands. Once this error has been triggered, ivy stops filtering results until you C-g and try again.

I'm using ivy--regex-ignore-order in ivy-re-builders-alist.


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abo-abo commented May 2, 2017

Thanks, I did some testing to reproduce the bug.

(should (equal (ivy--regex-ignore-order "^v f") '(("^v" . t) ("f" . t))))
(should (equal (ivy--regex-ignore-order "^v ! f") '(("^v" . t) ("f"))))
(should (equal (ivy--regex-ignore-order "^v") '(("^v" . t))))
(should (equal (ivy--regex-ignore-order "^v! ") '(("^v" . t))))

The last test fails. Could you look into fixing it (if I remember correctly, some of ivy--regex-ignore-order code is yours)?

How it's supposed to work: everything after the last ! are negation groups, separated by spaces. They should not match, e.g. ("f" . nil) instead of ("f" . t) as in the test above.

But that means currently that it's impossible to match a literal !. My suggestion is to deal with exclamation marks same as with spaces: !! translates to a literal !, !!! to literal !! etc.


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Wilfred commented Jun 7, 2017

Ha, I bumped into this again today when trying to search for literal !. I'll try to write a PR.

How do you feel about using \! for a literal !? This would be more consistent with regexp special characters.


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abo-abo commented Jun 8, 2017

That's fine as well.

Wilfred added a commit to Wilfred/swiper that referenced this issue Sep 6, 2017

Allow ! and space to be escaped in ivy--regex-ignore-order
This enables ivy--regex-ignore-order users to enter "foo\!" or "foo\ "
to match a literal ! or space. ivy--regex-plus attaches a different
meaning to spaces, so we do not support this escaping there.

It also fixes a crash if the user enters multiple !!!. We now just
discard these.

Fixes abo-abo#976.

@abo-abo abo-abo closed this in #1186 Sep 6, 2017

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