To get Metamorph to do a literal string (pattern matching) search type
a slash `
/' preceding the string. If you want to enter a whole
line to be viewed as one string, put it in quotes, with the forward
slash inside the quotes. Example:
"/Uncle Sam's soldiers"
This query will go and get each place in the textfiles being queried where that phrase is located, exactly as entered. Anything to the right of the slash, including a space before the word if you enter it so, will be considered part of the string; so don't enter a period or a space unless you want to look for one.
In the above example, "
Uncle Sam's soldiers", you would get
the same result whether a slash was entered or not, since there are no
known equivalences for the phrase "
Uncle Sam's soldiers".
However, if you compare the following:
"/frame of mind" (as compared to) "frame of mind"
you will see that the Equivalence File has some equivalences
associated with the phrase "
frame of mind". To cut off those
equivalences and just look for the pattern "
frame of mind"
you could insert the forward slash (
/) as the first character
of the phrase inside the quotes. (You could accomplish the same
thing more efficiently by preceding the phrase with a tilde
When you denote a slash (
/), remember that you're signalling
the Metamorph Engine to use
REX, bypassing the usual English
word processing that goes on where
PPM is the algorithm most
often in use.
REX can sometimes be more direct when such a
task is all that is required.
While you can use a forward slash (
/) in front of any fixed
length pattern as is herein discussed,
REX has many more uses
which involve special characters. If such characters are part of your
string and are therefore being inappropriately interpreted, use the
\) to escape those characters inside your string;
43\.4" would indicate a literal decimal point
.), rather than its special meaning inside a