I spent a bit of time trying to solve this issue and I searched here for an answer, but before I spend too much time I’m hoping someone here can help out.
The files in my library may be tagged with multiple genres, separated by '; '. I’d like to be able to query my library for specific (non-substring) genre values. Thus far I haven’t been able to put together the logic to do so.
Some examples may help. Let’s assume there are four songs in my library that are tagged as follows:
Song #1 genres: Southern Rock; Rock; Hard Rock; Classic Rock Song #2 genres: Rock; Progressive Rock; Classic Rock; Experimental Rock Song #3 genres: Post-Punk; Folk Punk; Rock; Indie Rock Song #4 genres: Indie Rock; Indie Pop
I want to query the library for songs with the genre “Rock” without returning other songs that do not have the specific genre “Rock”. In other words, the query should return Songs 1, 2, and 3 but NOT return Song 4. Song 4 has a genre of “Indie Rock” but not “Rock”, so I want it excluded from this example query.
Before I submitted this topic I wanted to take another stab at it. I was able to get it to work with the following example:
beet ls genre::'[^\w]\s\bRock\b', genre::'^Rock\b'
But there should be a regex that gets it done in a single expression. I thought a negative lookahead should do the trick but I wasn’t getting it to work. (I realized after I had started to compose topic that this is a general regex question, and not a beets specific question.)