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vim-qf

vim-qf—short for vim-quickfix—is a growing collection of settings, commands and mappings put together to make working with the location list/window and the quickfix list/window smoother.

Features

Anti-features

Vim-qf and all quickfix-related plugins necessarily have overlapping features and thus undefined behaviors. Therefore, I don't recommend vim-qf to Syntastic/Neomake/ALE users.

Global features (available from any window)

  • quickfix buffers are hidden from :ls and buffer navigation

  • quit Vim if the last window is a location/quickfix window

  • close the location window automatically when quitting parent window

  • (optional) mappings for :cnext, :cprevious, :lnext, :lprevious that wrap around the beginning and end of the list

  • (optional) mapping for jumping to and from the location/quickfix window,

  • (optional) mappings for toggling location/quickfix windows

  • (optional) open the location/quickfix window automatically after :make, :grep, :lvimgrep and friends if there are valid locations/errors

  • (optional) automatically set the height of location/quickfix windows to the number of list items if less than Vim's default height (10) or the user's prefered height

Local features (available only in location/quickfix windows)

  • disable relative numbers

  • filter and restore the current list:

    filter

  • perform commands on each line in the current list

  • perform commands on each file in the current list

  • jump to next group of entries belonging to same file ("file grouping"):

    group

  • save and load named lists:

    list

  • (optional) disable soft-wrapping

  • (optional) Ack.vim-inspired mappings

Installation

Use your favorite runtimepath/plugin manager or dump the files below in their standard location:

# Unix-like systems
~/.vim/after/ftplugin/qf.vim
~/.vim/autoload/qf.vim
~/.vim/autoload/qf/*.vim
~/.vim/doc/qf.txt
~/.vim/plugin/qf.vim

# Windows
%userprofile%\vimfiles\after\ftplugin\qf.vim
%userprofile%\vimfiles\autoload\qf.vim
%userprofile%\vimfiles\autoload\qf\*.vim
%userprofile%\vimfiles\doc\qf.txt
%userprofile%\vimfiles\plugin\qf.vim

Documentation

If you go with the manual installation method, don't forget to index the documentation:

# Unix-like systems
:helptags ~/.vim/doc

# Windows
:helptags %userprofile%\vimfiles\doc

Once the documentation is indexed, you can use this command to get help on vim-qf:

:help vim-qf

TODO

  • Export more options?

  • Add titles to saved lists, e.g. to display in :ListLists?

  • Add :packadd support?

DONE

  • Use <Plug> mappings.

  • Add proper attribution for a few features.

  • Write a proper help file.

  • Ask #vim's opinion.

  • Add a gifcast to the README.