created February 25, 2002 · complexity intermediate · author Michael Geddes · version 6.0
This is a regular expression that matches all words except 'foo'
- \v Very magic
- < Start-of-word
- (Foo>) The atom 'Foo' followed by end-of-word
- @! Match (with zero length) when the previous atom doesn't match.
- \k+ Match one or more Keywords
- > Match end-of-word.
The non-magic version is:
The use of \@! can be very tricky. According to the Vim help files, it is often easier to use \@<! instead. For example, to find all 'bar' strings unless they are part of 'foobar', use the following (non-magic):