This plugin provides the ability to sort in Vim using text objects and motions. Sorting lines and argument lists manually can be a hassle, and thus most write it off as a waste of effort, but when its as easy as anything else in Vim, it becomes a viable option.
sort-motion has three different sorting modes:
- Linewise: sort a sequence of lines (require statements, gem lists, etc)
- Character: sort a comma separated list (argument lists, attribute lists, etc)
- Visual (linewise or normal): provided for continuity, similar to linewise
- Block Visual: By default behaves the same as the other visual modes.
Optionally, you can provide a specific sort command which you might use to
sort by a column (example:
" add this line to your ~/.vimrc Bundle 'christoomey/vim-sort-motion'
:BundleInstall from within Vim.
The primary interface to this plugin is via the
gs mapping, for sorting
based on a text object or motion. To use the mapping, type
gs followed by a
2j to sort down two lines.
gs2j=> Sort down two lines (current + 2 below)
gsip=> Sort the current paragraph
gsii=> Sort the current indentation level (requires text-obj-indent plugin)
In addition, if the text object is within a line then
attempt to sort the text as a comma separated list.
gsi( => Sort within parenthesis.
(b, c, a) would become
(a, b, c)
sort-motion also defines a visual mode mapping for
This behaves as a linewise sort over the lines defined by the visual selection.
You can also (optionally) specify a blockwise command to use for block
If you'd like to pass any options to
you can set
g:sort_motion_flags. For example you could use:
let g:sort_motion_flags = "ui"
To make all sorts case insensitive and remove duplicates.
Note: this only applies to linewise sorting (including visual), but does not apply to the character based sorting of comma separated lists.
If you'd like to specify a specific command to use for blockwise selections you
can set it here. This is useful if for example you want to use
Vissort so that
you can sort by a column.
let g:sort_motion_visual_block_command = "Vissort"
By default the command used is
NOTE: To use
Vissort you will need to install this plugin.