Easily find locations of string or regex in a multi-line input
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Locater

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Find line number and cursor of string or Regex in a multi-line input

Install

npm install locater

Usage

Below is an example of how locater may be used.

input.txt

In my younger and more vulnerable years
my father gave me some advice that
I've been turning over in my mind ever since.

js

var locater = require('locater');
var input = fs.readFileSync('./input.txt', {encoding: 'utf8'});

locater.find('my', input);
// => [{ line: 1, cursor: 4 }, { line: 2, cursor: 1 }, { line: 3, cursor: 27 }]

locater.find(['my', 'some'], input);
// => [ { line: 1, cursor: 4 }, { line: 2, cursor: 1 }, { line: 2, cursor: 19 },
//      { line: 3, cursor: 27 } ]

locater.find(/[a-zA-Z]{7}\s/g, input);
// => [{ line: 1, cursor: 7 }, { line: 1, cursor: 27 }, { line: 3, cursor: 11 }]

locater.find([/[a-zA-Z]{7}\s/g, /my/g], input);
// => [ { line: 1, cursor: 7 }, { line: 1, cursor: 27 }, { line: 1, cursor: 4 },
//      { line: 2, cursor: 1 }, { line: 3, cursor: 11 }, { line: 3, cursor: 27 } ]

locater.find([/[a-zA-Z]{7}\s/g, 'me'], input);
//=> [ { line: 1, cursor: 7 }, { line: 1, cursor: 27 }, { line: 2, cursor: 16 },
//     { line: 3, cursor: 11 } ]

locater.findOne('my', input);
// => { line: 1, cursor: 4 }

locater.findOne('shiny unicorn', input);
// => null

locater.any('mind', input);
// => true

API

find(pattern, input, [options])

Returns an array of positions of occurrences of pattern in input. A position is represented by an object with keys line and cursor. If there is no match, locater returns an empty array.

pattern can be either String, Regex or an Array.

An array can have a combination of String and Regex as its elements. For instance, you can provide [/[a-zA-Z]{5}/g, 'foo'] as an argument. Any Regex should be declared as global.

options is an optional. Default value is as follows:

{
  getGlobalIndices: false,
  getMatches: false
}
  • getGlobalIndices: return a global index of the match in the position object. The global index is the index of the match in the context of the whole input.

  • getMatches: return exact matches for the regexes in the position object.

e.g.

var input = 'Bacon tastes gooood.\nPork chops taste gooood.';

locater.find('gooood', input, {getGlobalIndices: true});
// => [ { line: 1, cursor: 14, globalIndex: 13 },
//      { line: 2, cursor: 18, globalIndex: 38 } ]

locater.find(/[a-zA-Z]{6}\./g, input, {getMatches: true});
// => [ { line: 1, cursor: 14, match: 'gooood.' },
//      { line: 2, cursor: 18, match: 'gooood.' } ]

findOne(pattern, input)

Returns the position of the first occurrence of pattern in input.

More efficient than find if you are interested in the first occurrence only.

any(pattern, input)

Checks if there is any occurrence of pattern in input. Returns true if there is a match, and false otherwise.

Contributing

Run npm test to run tests.

Feel free to open issues with bugs and feature requests. If you submit a PR with a new feature, please write a simple test.

License

MIT