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Regexp queries, directories, OpenID Connect, and more updates to Sourcegraph

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We've been hard at work on improvements to Sourcegraph to give you great code search on your company's code. Here's what's new and improved:


Code search:

  • There is now a directory listing view with the last Git commit for each subdirectory and file.
  • Query terms are now interpreted as regexps, not strings (for example, this query would match abc and abd: ab[cd]). The regexp: operator is deprecated. Surround a term in double quotes to search for exact (non-regexp) matches.
  • The suggestion menu below the search box now displays matching directories (in addition to files and repositories).
  • The search documentation is now linked from “Help” next to the query input.
  • Fixed the revision switcher for repositories with != 3 path components in their name.
  • Clicking on an item in the query suggestions menu now navigates to that item. Previously you needed to use the keyboard.
  • The ?q=&sq= URL params no longer follow you everywhere.
  • Various bugs were fixed in the editor integrations for code search

Self-hosted Sourcegraph instances:

  • SSO sign-in via OpenID Connect grants the user the same abilities as the native sign-in. Read the installation documentation for configuration instructions.


  • The “All repositories” scope is now available. You still need to specify repo: and/or repogroup: filters to narrow the search to 30 or fewer repositories. (Example:

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