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chjohans
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How to remove/replace "special characters"?

I'm trying to remove the string "(n) from my description, and likewise I'm trying to substitute ".." with only one ".".

index_description.modify {remove("(n)")|(n)}
index_description.modify {replace("..")|..|.}

 

Really straightforward, but this does not work. My guess is that "()." are considered "special characters" by the interpreter and that they must be somehow "escaped" for this to work. But the included documentation does not mention this, or at least I can't find it anywhere.

 

This does not work either:

index_description.modify {remove("\(n\)")|\(n\)}
index_description.modify {replace("\.\.")|\.\.|\.}

 

How do I modify the above code so uit actually works?

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chjohans,
 
The (n) at the end of the description, is not actualy data that is grabbed from a site. It is a mark that WG++ adds, at the end of the description, to indicate that this show if new.
So when you always run WG++ in update="f", it will always put this at the end of every show.
When you run WG++ in an incremental mode, only the shows that are different, will have the (n) at the end.
You can disable this feature in the config file.
Just add a 'n' to your <mod> settens, and no marks will be added anymore. see http://webgrabplus.com/documentation/configuration/webgrabconfigxml#conf... for more details.
 
The .. story. Try just

index_description.modify {cleanup}

Probably it will already fix your problem.

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Aha, thank youm that explains a lot thank you!
Re the double full stops "..", I am already doing a index_description.modify {cleanup} but that does not seem to solve the problem. How do I replace them witn only one?
 

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Hi ,
regarding the removal of ..
Your solution index_description.modify {replace("..")|..|.} cannot work because of ("..") . This is a preconditional argument (see 4.6.2.1 of the manual) that, in the way you entered it, is a short way of ('index_description' = "..") . So it only works if the description is (=) ".." If you want to use a preconditional here it should be ('index_description' ~ "..") which is the condition that the description -contains- "..". But you don't need a preconditional here. You can simply use
index_description.modify {replace|..|.}   or index_description.modify {remove|..}
 
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Aha, my mistake. Sorry lots of doc to read and be familiar with. Thanks, and thanks for an excellent program!

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