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I'm using Restforce and their example for looking for a string is this:

client.search('FIND {bar}')

I'd like to extend to look for a specific email address like this:

client.search('FIND {a@a.com}')

The problem is that this search is returning a lot of other records that don't match the string a@a.com at all! What am I doing wrong?

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Not sure exactly why this search string is being interpreted as you're seeing, but using double quotes should give you the right matches:

client.search('FIND {"a@a.com"}')
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  • I have a problem when the query string is 'a+a@a.com'. It says it's a MALFORMED_SEARCH. Do you know what kind of escaping I need to do to make it right? What if I want to cover all possible invalid symbols for the query? – user3827303 Feb 10 '15 at 5:48
  • Reserved characters such as + need to be escaped with a backslash, and you'll need to escape that backslash for Ruby, so your query should be something like client.search('FIND {"a\\+a@a.com"}') – metadaddy Feb 10 '15 at 20:41

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