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Tip: massively reverting local changes

Jul 8, 2015 - 1 minute read - Comments - sampletipgitbashregexpolish-your-toolsautomation

I was changing a massive amount of files (>1000) for a repeated code. The search and replace query was not too exact and it broke many tests in the system. For that, I preferred reverting those tests.

Here’s how to do it automatically:

Copy all the failing tests to a text editor:

Input:

testSearchXMLDocument(io.company.controller.dms.DocumentControllerTest)
testCreateXMLDocument(io.company.controller.dms.DocumentControllerTest)
testUpdateXFPageMetadata(io.company.controller.dms.DocumentControllerTest)
testCreateDocumentCrop(io.company.controller.dms.DocumentControllerTest)
testUpdateCropMetadata(io.company.controller.dms.DocumentControllerTest)
testDeleteDocument(io.company.controller.dms.DocumentControllerTest)
testUpdateXmlDocumentMetadata(io.company.controller.dms.DocumentControllerTest)
testUpdateXML(io.company.controller.dms.DocumentControllerTest)
testSearchXFPage(io.company.controller.dms.DocumentControllerTest)
testCreateXFPage(io.company.controller.dms.DocumentControllerTest)
testUpdatePage(io.company.controller.dms.DocumentControllerTest)
testSearchCrop(io.company.controller.dms.DocumentControllerTest)
testUpdateCrop(io.company.controller.dms.DocumentControllerTest)
testMoveDocument(io.company.controller.dms.DocumentControllerTest)
testGetDocument(io.company.controller.dms.DocumentControllerTest)

regex:

(tested in Sublime 3, build 3083, Windows 64)

find what: ^[^(]+\([a-Z.]*\.(.*)\)

replace with: $1

Regex explanation for ^[^(]+\([a-Z.]*\.(.*)\):

  • ^: beginning of line
  • [^(]+: every character except parenthesis, one or more times
  • \([a-Z.]*: start with one parenthesis, any number of a-z, A-Z
  • \.`: a dot, as I’m using regex replacement
  • (.*): any character, zero or more times, captured in group $1
  • \): closing parenthesis

Output:

DocumentControllerTest
DocumentControllerTest
DocumentControllerTest
DocumentControllerTest
DocumentControllerTest
DocumentControllerTest
DocumentControllerTest
DocumentControllerTest
DocumentControllerTest
DocumentControllerTest
DocumentControllerTest
DocumentControllerTest
DocumentControllerTest
DocumentControllerTest
DocumentControllerTest

copy that to file a.txt

Revert all the changes in these files:

for i in $(cat a.txt | uniq); do
  git checkout -- *$i*
done

Tip: committing to the repo file by file Quote: Organizing Code to Allow for Easy Changes

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