Friday, December 5, 2014
notes on vim
Vim is a text editor. My slowly-evolving configuration can be found on GitHub, in bpb-kit.
Tyler Cipriani is a lot smarter than I am about vim (and, in fact, most things), but I am particular and don’t always share his preferences.
I’m starting in on this notebook, which uses a Makefile, and think it might be
nice to have a quick vim keybinding for
:make. I would use
F5, by analogy
to QBasic, but I’ve already bound that to
:wall, which writes all the open
buffers with changes.
I think that maybe
<leader>m, which in my case means
,m, would be ok. Then
I’m not sure if something is already mapped starting with that, so I try
I want to search through the list produced by
:map, and think it’d be nice if
I could just read it into a buffer. The first thing I google is “vim read
output of command into file”. This could easily enough give hits for reading
the output of a shell command, but the 3rd thing down the page is
Capture ex command output
on the Vim Tips Wiki.
There are a bunch of interesting ideas there, but the first basic idea is this:
:redir @a :set all :redir END
Then you can open a new buffer -
:new - and do
"ap. This says “using the named
register a, paste”.
This seems to work with
:set all, but not so much with
:map. Why not? I skim
:help map and
help redir without getting very far. Updates to come.
With that digression still unanswered, the mapping I settled on is simple:
nmap <leader>m :make<CR>
I never know if these are going to take with me. The handful of custom bindings that have actually entered my vocabulary are super-useful, but more often than not I wind up forgetting about an idea not long after I’ve implemented it.