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Old 02-13-2016, 02:34 PM
clay584 clay584 is offline
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Keyword Highlighting Issues

First, I want to say that I have created a bug report and a feature request for these items. I want to see what the other users think about this. Please reply with a +1 if you agree.

Issue #1:
Syntax highlighting (regex) does not allow \s or literal spaces. This is a bug. It has been here since 7.3 when the feature was released, and it remains in 8.0 beta release. This really needs to be fixed.

Issue #2:
A great syntax highlighting feature would be that if you could match a line and only colorize a substring of that line with a particular color.

For example:

network 10.0.0.0 0.0.0.255 area 0

regex: ^network\s+(\d+\.\d+\.\d+\.\d+)\s(\d+\.\d+\.\d+\.\d+) area \d+

This would match the whole line, but then you pick one color for the first capture group, and pick another color for the second capture group.

network 10.0.0.0 0.0.0.255 area 0
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Old 02-15-2016, 09:14 AM
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Hi clay584,

As explained in the email, the current implementation of SecureCRT's keyword highlighting support is by design. It is keyword highlighting after all, not phrase or sentence highlighting. When supporting spaces was tested, thus phrases or sentences, performance was severely impacted.

I have added this thread to a feature request in our product enhancement database to support substring and phrase matches in keyword highlighting (regex with spaces). Of course it's contingent on the prior one being implemented, but I have also created a feature request for the ability to match an entire phrase, but colorize only a substring.

Should a future release of SecureCRT include either feature, notification will be posted here.

If you prefer direct email notification, send an email to support@vandyke.com and include "Feature Request - Forum Thread #12250" in the subject line or use this form from the support page of our website.
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Old 02-17-2016, 11:16 AM
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Hi all,

Just to update the thread with the latest, SecureCRT's product director has provided this additional information about why only "keyword" highlighting is supported at this time, not "phrases or substrings" (words with spaces).

Quote:
A while back, we investigated adding support for highlighting phrases and the performance hit was significant. We don't have a timeline for implementing this feature because we will need to do some more investigation to determine if this can be implemented in a way that is practical.
Posted February 17, 2016.

SecureCRT v7.3.6 is the official release.

SecureCRT v8.0 is in beta release.

This URL allows users to check their SecureCRT upgrade eligibility.
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Old 02-17-2016, 04:35 PM
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Quote:
Originally Posted by clay584 View Post

For example:

network 10.0.0.0 0.0.0.255 area 0

regex: ^network\s+(\d+\.\d+\.\d+\.\d+)\s(\d+\.\d+\.\d+\.\d+) area \d+

This would match the whole line, but then you pick one color for the first capture group, and pick another color for the second capture group.

network 10.0.0.0 0.0.0.255 area 0
For this limited example, I'd use a regex string to match IPs and a different one to match subnet/wildcard masks.

This is from my 'cisco words' keyword file I shared a while back:

For Subnet/Wildcards: (?:)(?:0|255)\.(?:[0-9]{1,3}\.){2}[0-9]{1,3}

For IPs: (?:(?:25[0-5]|2[0-4][0-9]|[01]?[0-9][0-9]?)\.){3}(?:25[0-5]|2[0-4][0-9]|[01]?[0-9][0-9]?)(\/[0-9]{1,2}|:[0-9]+|\W)?(?:\x20|$)

It's not perfect (IE: the first octect must be either '0' or '255' for it to match the mask properly), however it works 'good enough' in most cases and is more robust than matching a single OSPF config line.

Hope it helps,
CB
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