Part of what you may be looking for was in an FM 5.5 handout I got as part
of the FrameMaker Classroom in a Box product.

I've posted the PDF here
And the information on wildcard searches is in Handout 6-3 on page 12

The info is (obviously) from FM 5.5, but still quite current.


Matt Sullivan
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-----Original Message-----
[mailto:framers-bounces at] On Behalf Of David Spreadbury
Sent: Monday, October 05, 2009 11:54 AM
To: peter at; 'Les Smalley'
Cc: framers at
Subject: RE: Replace on part of a wildcards search

Searching for "framemaker grep" brought what might be a source for using
GREP with Adobe products. Apparently it is not limited to FrameMaker. Try
reading what is available at If this doesn't help,
maybe contacting the author, Cari Jansen, in Perth, Australia, would provide
the answers.


David Spreadbury
Sr. Technical Writer

-----Original Message-----
[mailto:framers-bounces at] On Behalf Of Peter Gold
Sent: Monday, October 05, 2009 1:32 PM
To: Les Smalley
Cc: framers at
Subject: Re: Replace on part of a wildcards search

FrameMaker has long a GREP-like search feature, in FM, and some
documentation for it. However, the replace wasn't GREP-like. But worse yet,
there doesn't seem to be a trace of the documentation for it in FM9. I've
forgotten how to use it, and without the doc, I'm not sure that my couple of
quick tests were failing because the feature's gone from the product as well
as the doc, or if I just didn't enter the search string correctly.

I don't have an earlier FrameMaker installed, and don't have the earlier
docs handy. Perhaps someone on the list can respond.



Peter Gold
KnowHow ProServices

On Mon, Oct 5, 2009 at 12:01 PM, Les Smalley <l_c_smalley at> wrote:
> Hi Avi,
> The asterisk ( * ) wildcard matches any character EXCEPT spaces or 
> punctuation; the wildcard character to use for those is the verticle 
> bar ( | ) but also remember that the tab character is "\t" (no
> quotes) ...
> Regardless, unfortunately you can't do it with FrameMaker as you 
> describe attempting.  The search tool removes everything matched by 
> the search string and inserts the replace string in its place, so you 
> will also lose the "Command" string.  It is a great disappointment 
> that a real GREP search capability (or even more general awk text 
> processing features) has never been implemented in FM.
> If
> you search for just "Unit32" and replace that with "SHORT_ID" you can 
> do what you want by careful use of the 'Change & Find' or just 'Find' 
> buttons (and I understand how tedious and error-prone this can
> be.)
> It may be posible to do this via scripting (e.g.
> FrameScript, etc.; I'm sure others more knowledgeable will chime in) 
> or possibly by saving to MIF and using a text based editor on that, 
> then reopening it in FM to verify the results.
> FWIW, grep and awk
> (and a number of other unix tools) are available as utilities for 
> Windows and any search engine can point you to places to get them.
> - Les
> --- On Mon, 10/5/09, Avraham Makeler <amakeler at> wrote:
> Hi all,
> How do you do a Replace on part of a wildcards search?
> E.,g., I am looking for a line with:
> Uint32 Command
> where there can be any type and amount of white space between "Uint32" 
> and "Command".
> So I guess the wild card search format will be
> Uint32*Command
> No?
> But then if I want to replace just the "Uint32" part with "SHORT_ID". 
> How would i do that?
> - avi
> _______________________________________________


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