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Re: [vox-tech] serendipity with vim
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Re: [vox-tech] serendipity with vim

these are the macros i use most.

this is VERY useful when you're editing email.  a truly wonderful macro
that reformats paragraphs to linewidth.  i use it all the time.  just
press the "home" key to reformat a paragraph.

   " Formats a paragraph (using home key).  Sets width textwidth.
   map <kHome> gq}
   map <Home>  gq}

this next macro may be my favorite.  rather than running a spell checker
on a whole email, checks a single word for spelling.  much faster.  or
if someone uses a word i don't know, just place the cursor over the word
and press delete.  you have to apt-get dict, of course.

   " This is my favorite mapping!
   " <del> in insert/cmd mode runs dict on word which the cursor is on.
   map  <del> :!dict <cword><CR>

this one is neat.  when i program on a console, i like to stick with 80
characters per line.  when i'm using X, i sometimes relax that.  when i
want to use 80 cols/line when i program in X, i override this with a

   " If I'm programming in an xterm, unset textwidth.  If I'm in a console,
   " use 80 columns per line, otherwise things get unreadable. 
   if $TERM == "xterm"
      au BufNewFile,BufRead *.f90,*.for,*.c,*.cc,*.html,*.pl,*.tex set tw=0 wm=0

i use the "q" recording facility all the time, but i also hit "q" often
enough to push it out of the way so i don't hit it by accident:

   " Make Q start recording instead of q.  I always hit q in cmd mode.
   noremap q <Nop>
   noremap Q q

and multi-session yanks are always cool:

   " _Y: Yank the highlighted block of text (or a single line) to a tmp file.
   " _P: Put the text yanked with \_Y (possibly in another invocation of Vim).
   nmap _Y :.w! ~/.vim_yank_tmp<CR>
   vmap _Y :w! ~/.vim_yank_tmp<CR>
   nmap _P :r ~/.vim_yank_tmp<CR>

lastly, this is cool.  say you're programming some C code and you forgot
how a function is prototyped.  or perhaps you just added a function to a
.c file and you want to add a prototype quickly to the .h file.  or say
you just started writing a .c file, and you want to create the .h file.
all you got to do is type "header" in colon mode:

   cmap header sp %:r.h


ps- i love seeing people's vim tips.  it's cool seeing what people find

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