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How can I search for queries including %, $ and the likes? I tried to prefix then with '\', enclosing in quotes, but it only makes it worse:

:Ag "$r"
|| ERR: Error: No query. What do you want to search for?

:Ag "\$r"
No matches for ""\$r""

:Ag \\$r
|| ERR: Bad regex! pcre_compile() failed at position 1: \ at end of pattern
|| If you meant to search for a literal string, run ag with -Q

:Ag -Q "\\$r"
:Ag -Q \\$r
No Error, but finds god knows what

:Ag "\%whatever"
|| ERR: Error: No query. What do you want to search for?

:Ag "%whatever"
E499: Empty file name for '%' or '#', only works with ":p:h"
  • What happens if you use single quotes? – VanLaser Sep 10 '15 at 9:02
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Did you try the following?

:Ag \\$
  • I have updated the question with more examples including this one. – firedev Sep 10 '15 at 7:26
  • @firedev Try :Ag \\\$. '\\' to escape '\' and '\$' to escape $. :Ag '\$' (with single quotes) also works if you don't want a ton of slashes. EDIT: Ugh, same stuff here.... – tokoyami Sep 10 '15 at 12:09
  • For %. That requires double slashes inside single quotes and four outside: :Ag '\\%' or :Ag \\\\%. – tokoyami Sep 10 '15 at 12:27

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