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448.Advanced search and replace -- How to replace every 3 instances found in a text file?

User: editor -- 2010-03-15          << 447  449 >>
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Description:
How to replace every 3 instances found in a text file?

I have a text file with many occurrance of 'search', how to replace the 1,4,7,10 instances of 'search' to 'FIND'?
Input Sample:
search and replace
batch search
advanced search
advanced search and replace
replace and search
search binary files
batch search and replace
Output Sample:
FIND and replace
batch search
advanced search
advanced FIND and replace
replace and search
search binary files
batch FIND and replace
Answer:
Hint: You need to Download and install "Replace Pioneer" on windows platform to finish following steps.
Replace Pioneer support replace specified occurrance of matched string by "unit number filter".
1. ctrl-o open source text file
2. ctrl-h open 'Replace' dialog
* in 'search for pattern', enter:

* in 'replace with pattern', enter:

* set 'unit number filter' to:

Note: 1<3>N means start from 1, increased with step of 3, until reach the instance N, when N is omitted, will search until reach last instance.
3. click 'Replace', done!
4. ctrl-s save to file
Download Script:  scripts/448.rst.zip

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