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;;; ido-ubiquitous.el --- Use ido (nearly) everywhere.
;; Author: Ryan C. Thompson
;; URL:
;; Version: 0.9
;; Created: 2011-09-01
;; Keywords: convenience
;; EmacsWiki: InteractivelyDoThings
;; This file is NOT part of GNU Emacs.
;;; Commentary:
;; You may have seen the `ido-everywhere' variable in ido.el and got
;; excited that you could use ido completion for everything. Then you
;; were probably disappointed when you realized that it only applied
;; to *file names* and nothing else. Well, ido-ubiquitous is here to
;; fulfill the original promise and let you use ido completion for
;; (almost) any command that uses `completing-read' to offer you a
;; choice of several alternatives.
;; This even works in M-x, but for that, you might prefer the "smex"
;; package instead.
;; As of version 0.7, this package also makes a small modification to
;; ido's behavior so as to support a strange corner case of
;; `completing-read' that some functions rely on. Since the goal of
;; this package is to replace `completing-read' everywhere instead of
;; just selectively (as ido itself does), compatibility with all the
;; quriks of `completing-read' is important here.
;; If you find a case where enabling ido-ubiquitous causes a command
;; not to work correctly, please report it by creating an issue on
;; GitHub:
;;; License:
;; This program is free software; you can redistribute it and/or modify
;; it under the terms of the GNU General Public License as published by
;; the Free Software Foundation; either version 3, or (at your option)
;; any later version.
;; This program is distributed in the hope that it will be useful,
;; but WITHOUT ANY WARRANTY; without even the implied warranty of
;; GNU General Public License for more details.
;; You should have received a copy of the GNU General Public License
;; along with GNU Emacs; see the file COPYING. If not, write to the
;; Free Software Foundation, Inc., 51 Franklin Street, Fifth Floor,
;; Boston, MA 02110-1301, USA.
;;; Code:
(require 'ido)
(defgroup ido-ubiquitous nil
"Use ido for (almost) all completion."
:group 'ido)
(define-minor-mode ido-ubiquitous-mode
"Use `ido-completing-read' instead of `completing-read' almost everywhere.
This mode has no effect unles `ido-mode' is also enabled.
If this mode causes problems for a function, you can force the
function to use the original completing read by using the macro
`ido-ubiquitous-disable-in'. For example, if a
function `foo' cannot work with ido-style completion, evaluate
the following (for example by putting it in your .emacs file):
(ido-ubiquitous-disable-in foo)"
:global t
:group 'ido-ubiquitous)
(define-obsolete-variable-alias 'ido-ubiquitous
'ido-ubiquitous-mode "0.8")
(define-obsolete-function-alias 'ido-ubiquitous
'ido-ubiquitous-mode "0.8")
(defcustom ido-ubiquitous-command-exceptions '()
"List of commands that should not be affected by `ido-ubiquitous'.
Even when `ido-ubiquitous' mode is enabled, these commands will
continue to use `completing-read' instead of
Only *interactive* commands should go here. To disable
ido-ubiquitous in non-interactive functions, customize
:type '(repeat (symbol :tag "Command"))
:group 'ido-ubiquitous)
(define-obsolete-variable-alias 'ido-ubiquitous-exceptions
'ido-ubiquitous-command-exceptions "0.4")
(defadvice completing-read (around ido-ubiquitous activate)
(if (or (not ido-mode)
(not ido-ubiquitous-mode)
(memq this-command ido-ubiquitous-command-exceptions)
;; Avoid infinite recursion from ido calling completing-read
(boundp 'ido-cur-item))
(let ((allcomp (all-completions "" collection predicate)))
;; Only use ido completion if there are actually any completions
;; to offer.
(if allcomp
(setq ad-return-value
(ido-completing-read prompt allcomp
nil require-match initial-input hist def))
(defmacro ido-ubiquitous-disable-in (func)
"Disable ido-ubiquitous in FUNC."
(let ((docstring
(format "Disable ido-ubiquitous in %s" func)))
`(defadvice ,func (around disable-ido-ubiquitous activate)
(let (ido-ubiquitous-mode) ad-do-it))))
(defmacro ido-ubiquitous-enable-in (func)
"Re-enable ido-ubiquitous in FUNC.
This reverses the effect of `ido-ubiquitous-disable-in'."
;; In my experience, simply using `ad-remove-advice' or
;; `ad-disable-advice' doesn't work correctly (in Emacs 23).
;; Instead, I've found that one must redefine the advice under the
;; same name ("disable-ido-ubiquitous") to simply call the original
;; function with no modifications. This has the same effect
;; (disables the advice), but is presumably less efficient.
(let ((docstring
(format "DO NOT disable ido-ubiquitous in %s" func)))
`(defadvice ,func (around disable-ido-ubiquitous activate)
;; Always disable ido-ubiquitous in `find-file' and similar functions,
;; because they are not supposed to use ido.
(defvar ido-ubiquitous-permanent-function-exceptions
"Functions in which ido-ubiquitous should always be disabled.
If you want to disable ido in a specific function or command, do
not modify this variable. Instead, try `M-x customize-group
(dolist (func ido-ubiquitous-permanent-function-exceptions)
(eval `(ido-ubiquitous-disable-in ,func)))
(defun ido-ubiquitous--set-difference (list1 list2)
"Replacement for `set-difference' from `cl'."
(apply #'nconc
(mapcar (lambda (elt) (unless (memq elt list2) (list elt)))
(defun ido-ubiquitous-set-function-exceptions (sym newval)
(let* ((oldval (when (boundp sym) (eval sym))))
;; Filter out permanent fixtures
(setq oldval (ido-ubiquitous--set-difference oldval ido-ubiquitous-permanent-function-exceptions))
(setq newval (ido-ubiquitous--set-difference newval ido-ubiquitous-permanent-function-exceptions))
;; Re-enable ido-ubiquitous on all old functions, in case they
;; were removed from the list.
(dolist (oldfun oldval)
(eval `(ido-ubiquitous-enable-in ,oldfun)))
;; Set the new value
(set-default sym newval)
;; Disable ido-ubiquitous on all new functions
(dolist (newfun newval)
(eval `(ido-ubiquitous-disable-in ,newfun)))))
(defcustom ido-ubiquitous-function-exceptions
"List of functions in which to disable ido-ubiquitous.
Certain functions, such as `read-file-name', always have
ido-ubiquitous disabled, and cannot be added here. (They are
effectively permanently part of this list already.)"
:group 'ido-ubiquitous
:type '(repeat :tag "Functions"
(symbol :tag "Function"))
:set 'ido-ubiquitous-set-function-exceptions)
(defcustom ido-ubiquitous-enable-compatibility t
"Emulate a quirk of `completing-read'.
Apparently, long ago `completing-read' did not have a \"default\"
argument, so functions that used it requested the default item by
returning an empty string when RET was pressed with an empty
input. When t, this option forces `ido-completing-read' to mimic
this behavior by returning an empty string if the user has
neither entered any text nor cycled choices (instead of ido's
normal behavior of returning the first choice in the list). This
improves compatibility with many older functions that use
`completing-read' in this way, but may also break compatibility
with others.
You can also disable this behavior just once by pressing \"C-u\"
right before pressing \"RET\".
This has no effect when ido is completing buffers or files.")
(defvar ido-ubiquitous-initial-item nil
"The first item selected when ido starts.")
(defadvice ido-read-internal (before clear-initial-item activate)
(setq ido-ubiquitous-initial-item nil))
(defadvice ido-make-choice-list (after set-initial-item activate)
(when (and ad-return-value (listp ad-return-value))
(setq ido-ubiquitous-initial-item (car ad-return-value))))
(defadvice ido-next-match (after clear-initial-item activate)
(setq ido-ubiquitous-initial-item nil))
(defadvice ido-prev-match (after clear-initial-item activate)
(setq ido-ubiquitous-initial-item nil))
(defadvice ido-exit-minibuffer (around required-allow-empty-string activate)
"Emulate a quirk of `completing-read'.
Apparently, `completing-read' used to request the default item by
returning an empty string when RET was pressed with an empty input.
This forces `ido-completing-read' to do the same (instead of returning
the first choice in the list).
This has no effect when ido is completing buffers or files."
(if (and ido-ubiquitous-enable-compatibility
(eq ido-cur-item 'list)
(null ido-default-item)
(not current-prefix-arg)
(string= ido-text "")
(string= (car ido-cur-list)
(defadvice bookmark-completing-read (around disable-ido-compatibility activate)
"`bookmark-completing-read' uses `completing-read' in an odd
way the conflicts with the compatibilty mode of
(let (ido-ubiquitous-enable-compatibility)
(provide 'ido-ubiquitous) ;;; ido-ubiquitous.el ends here
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