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Overview

String-manipulation utilities for Emacs Lisp.

Quickstart

(require 'string-utils)

(string-utils-squeeze-filename (buffer-file-name (current-buffer)) 20)

(string-utils-stringify-anything (selected-frame))

(progn
  (message (string-utils-pad (buffer-name (current-buffer)) (window-width) 'right))
  (sit-for 1)
  (message (string-utils-pad (buffer-name (current-buffer)) (window-width) 'center))
  (sit-for 1)
  (message (string-utils-pad (buffer-name (current-buffer)) (window-width) 'left))
  (sit-for 1))

Explanation

String-utils is a collection of functions for string manipulation. This library has no user-level interface; it is only useful for programming in Emacs Lisp.

The following functions are provided:

string-utils-stringify-anything
string-utils-has-darkspace-p
string-utils-has-whitespace-p
string-utils-trim-whitespace
string-utils-compress-whitespace
string-utils-string-repeat
string-utils-escape-double-quotes
string-utils-quotemeta
string-utils-pad
string-utils-pad-list
string-utils-propertize-fillin
string-utils-squeeze-filename
string-utils-squeeze-url
string-utils-split
string-utils-truncate-to

The most complex function is string-utils-pad, the docstring for which is reproduced below:

(string-utils-pad STR-VAL WIDTH &optional MODE CHAR THROW-ERROR)

Pad STR-VAL to WIDTH.

Optional MODE defaults to 'right, but may be 'left, 'center, or an integer.

When MODE is 'left, padding characters are prepended. When MODE is 'center, padding characters are both appended and prepended so that STR-VAL is centered within WIDTH.

When MODE is a positive integer, the behavior is fixed-position padding. Similar to 'center, padding may be added on the right and on the left. Exactly MODE-many padding characters are added on the left before padding to the full WIDTH on the right. When MODE is a negative integer, the behavior is the same, except that MODE fixes the right-side padding.

Optional CHAR sets the padding character (defaults to space).

Optional THROW-ERROR throws an error if the length of STR-VAL already exceeds WIDTH, or if the fixed-position padding requested would cause the result to exceed WIDTH. When THROW-ERROR is not set (the default), a best-attempt result is always returned.

Tabs are expanded to spaces according to the value of tab-width.

Returns a padded copy of string STR-VAL.

Compatibility and Requirements

GNU Emacs version 24.4-devel     : yes, at the time of writing
GNU Emacs version 24.3           : yes
GNU Emacs version 23.3           : yes
GNU Emacs version 22.2           : yes, with some limitations
GNU Emacs version 21.x and lower : unknown

Uses if present: list-utils.el, obarray-fns.el

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