Vim plugin to list, select and switch between buffers.
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Buffergator is a plugin for listing, navigating between, and selecting buffers to edit. Upon invocation (using the command, ":BuffergatorOpen" or "BuffergatorToggle", or the provided key mapping, "<Leader>b"), a "catalog" of listed buffers are displayed in a separate new window split (vertical or horizontal, based on user options; default = vertical). From this "buffer catalog", a buffer can be selected and opened in an existing window, a new window split (vertical or horizontal), or a new tab page. Selected buffers can be "previewed", i.e. opened in a window or tab page, but with focus remaining in the buffer catalog. Even better, you can "walk" up and down the list of buffers shown in the catalog by using <C-N> (or <SPACE>) / <C-P> (or <C-SPACE>). These keys select the next/previous buffer in succession, respectively, opening it for preview without leaving the buffer catalog viewer. The buffer opening commands follow that of NERDTree. Examples: - Use movement keys (h,j,k,l) to select a buffer from the list, then type <CR> or "o" to open it in the previous window. - Type "42" and <CR> or "o" to open buffer number 42 in the previous window. - You can use "go" to open the currently selected buffer in the previous window, but with focus remaining in the buffer catalog ("42go" will do the same, but will select buffer number 42). - You can use "s" to open the currently selected buffer in new vertical split. "S" will open the buffer in a new vertical split, but keep the focus in the buffer catalog. ("42s" or "42S" will do the same, but will select buffer number 42) - You can use "i" to open the currently selected buffer in new horizontal split. "I" will open the buffer in a new vertical split, but keep the focus in the buffer catalog. ("42i" or "42I" will do the same, but will select buffer number 42) - You can use "t" to open the currently selected buffer in new tab ("42t" will do the same, but will select buffer number 42). Other key maps allow you to jump to a target buffer in an open window/split/tab page if it is already active there instead of creating a new window. Minimal management of buffers (wiping/dropping) are also provided. Buffergator also provides a way to list tab pages and buffers associated with windows in tab pages (the "tab page catalog", which can be invoked using the command ":BuffergatorTabsOpen" or the provided key mapping, "<Leader>t"). The buffer listing can be sorted alphabetically by filename, by full filepath, by extension followed by filename, or by most-recently used (MRU). By default, Buffergator provides global key maps that invoke its main commands: "<Leader>b" to open and "<Leader>B" to close the buffer catalog, and "<Leader>t" to open and "<Leader>T" to close the tab page catalog. If you prefer to map other keys, or do not want any keys mapped at all, set "g:buffergator_suppress_keymaps" to 1 in your $VIMRUNTIME. [NOTE: If you have other plugins installed that have key maps that start with "<Leader>b" (e.g., BufExplorer, which uses "<Leader>bs", "<Leader>bv", etc.), then you may notice a slight delay or lag when typing the default "<Leader>b" to start Buffergator. In this case, you should either use another keymap for Buffergator or BufExplorer.] Detailed usage description given in the help file, which can be viewed on-line here: http://github.com/jeetsukumaran/vim-buffergator/blob/master/doc/buffergator.txt Source code repository can be found here: http://github.com/jeetsukumaran/vim-buffergator NOTE: There are many other plugins that provide similar functionality. This plugin is very much in the "BufExplorer" and "SelectBuf" vein, in that it provides a full-window buffer "view" of the buffers. I wanted a plugin that (a) listed the loaded buffers in a (optionally-)persistant "drawer", (b) allowed me to preview buffers without leaving the drawer, and (c) allowed me to walk up and down the list of buffers, previewing them, but without leaving the drawer. None of the existing plugins did this (as far as I know), and hence I rolled out this one. The other plugins provide more functionality with respect to other operations (e.g., buffer management), that I did not have an immediate need for, so I did not incorporate it into this plugin.