Re: [dev] Re: a little bit of vi+zsh magic

From: Anselm R Garbe <>
Date: Wed, 4 Nov 2009 12:39:27 +0000

2009/11/4 Sven Guckes <>:
> * Kris Maglione <> [2009-11-04 08:03]:
>> On Sun, Nov 01, 2009 at 02:01:06PM -0500, John Yates wrote:
>>> What made this mechanism so pleasant to use was that all
>>> text areas in the screen (editing buffers, input panes,
>>> and output transcripts) shared a common set of editing key
>>> bindings, similar to vi or emacs.  A very common idiom was
>>> to list a directory, switch the input pane to disconnected
>>> mode, copy the directory listing to the input pane, modify
>>> that copy of the listing using some regular expression
>>> substitutions to turn it into one or more commands on
>>> each file, and revert the input pane to connected mode.
>>> Obviously in any *nix environment one can do the same thing
>>> by redirecting the output from ls to a file, open that file
>>> in an editor, modifying it, saving it, and finally sourcing
>>> the edited file in one's shell.  The input pane mechanism
>>> simply made such operations faster and more intuitive:
>>> no inventing a file name, no opening a separate editor,
>>> no issuing a source command to one's shell.
>> This actually isn't especially difficult to do
>> in vim or some other editor. In vim alone,
>> for instance, you can do something like,
>>     :r !ls
>>     :v/\.js/d|s/^/rm /
>>     :w !sh

Should also work with ed:

r !ls
v/\.js d
g//s/^/echo /
w !sh

Kind regards,
Received on Wed Nov 04 2009 - 12:39:27 UTC

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