Alexander Klenin wrote:
> Well, I honestly did not know that dialog exists.
> It is not documented, and is not available in any way other then
> pressing hotkey.
> Now that is well-hidden feature ;-)
> The dialog does not help here, because it does search, not filtering.
correct, it's a "find" dialog, not a filter dialog. But it is something
you can use without having the filter applied instantly while typing.
> Its existence, however, gives me another idea. I know, ideas are
> cheap, but hopefully all this brainstorming of mine will finally
> result in something useful.
> How about:
> 1) Extend find dialog, by adding to it:
> 1a) A 'Filter' button, in addition to 'Find' which will apply the
> string entered as a filter.
> 1b) The 'Use regular expressions' checkbox, off by default, but
> remembering it's state once set.
> 1c) 'Search in' group box with 'Messages', 'Authors', 'Paths' and
> 'Revisions' checkboxes, all checked by default.
> 2) Remove 'search area' combobox from search input box. Instead
> display extended find dialog when user clicks on 'maginfying glass'
> 3) Either make tooltip text dependent on 'Use regular expressions'
> setting, or simply replace it with 'Press Ctrl+F for advanced search
> options' or something to that effect.
> 4) Optionally, further improve find dialog,
> 4a) Add PSPad-like regex helpers as proposed by Lübbe.
> 4b) Add better regexp error diagnotics.
> 4c) Add 'recently used' searches list
> All this changes will bring following benefits:
> 1) Slightly simplify default search interface. If user does not know
> what a regexp is, he simply will not look at 'advanced options'.
> 2) Remove minor inconsistencies in current search area selection,
> (e.g. it is not possible to search for paths and messages, but not
> authors, default is to search all four areas, but menu item says
> 'Messages, authors and paths', omitting revisions)
> 3) Allow various further improvement of search capabilities without
> worrying about clutter in the log dialog itself.
> 4) Potentially, allow to use the same extended find dialog it TMerge and TBlame.
The find dialog was added before we had the filter. It's something that
I kept only because it isn't a very big feature. I'd rather remove it
than extend it.
But I've now added another menu entry to the filter menu where you can
choose whether to use regex or not. That setting is kept across sessions.
If regex filtering is active, the filter won't get applied if the regex
string is not valid, but if it is then it still will be applied 'live'.
I think that should be good enough.
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Received on Sat Sep 1 10:29:06 2007