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*CountJump.txt* Create custom motions and text objects via repeated jumps.
COUNT JUMP by Ingo Karkat
description |CountJump-description|
usage |CountJump-usage|
example |CountJump-example|
installation |CountJump-installation|
limitations |CountJump-limitations|
known problems |CountJump-known-problems|
todo |CountJump-todo|
history |CountJump-history|
DESCRIPTION *CountJump-description*
Though it is not difficult to write a custom |movement| (basically a |:map|
that executes some kind of search or jump) and a custom |text-object| (an
|:omap| that selects a range of text), this is too complex for a novice user
and often repetitive.
This plugin covers the common use case where the movement and boundaries of a
text object can be specified via start and end patterns, and offers a single
function to set up related mappings. With it, you can enhance some built-in
Vim mappings to take an optional [count], and quickly define new mappings for
help file sections, diff hunks, embedded macros, and so on...
As a generalization of the start and end patterns, the movement and boundaries
of a text object can also be specified via jump functions, i.e. Funcrefs of
functions that position the cursor on the appropriate location and return that
location. This can be used where the jump is difficult to express with a
single regular expression, the jump may need adapting depending on the
context, or other uses.
This plugin contains some support for movement and text objects consisting of
text regions that can be defined by continuous lines that match a particular
pattern, e.g. comment blocks that all start with /^\s*#/.
The following ftplugins use this plugin:
diff_movement (vimscript #3180): Movement over diff hunks with ]] etc.
fortunes_movement (vimscript #3181): Movement over email fortunes with ]] etc.
help_movement (vimscript #3179): Movement over Vim help sections with ]] etc.
mail_movement (vimscript #3182): Movement over email quotes with ]] etc.
- motpat.vim (vimscript #3030) offers similar functions to setup motion
mappings, but no text objects (yet).
- textobj-user (vimscript #2100) has support for user-defined text objects via
regular expressions.
USAGE *CountJump-usage*
The plugin defines several functions, which set up the appropriate mappings
based on the arguments that you supply. The following is an overview; you'll
find the details directly in the implementation files in the
.vim/autoload/CountJump/ directory.
CountJump#Motion#MakeBracketMotion( mapArgs, keyAfterBracket, inverseKeyAfterBracket, patternToBegin, patternToEnd, isEndPatternToEnd, ... )
This function sets up mappings starting with [ and ] for movement (with
optional [count]) relative to the current cursor position, targeting either a
text pattern at the beginning ([{keyAfterBracket} mapping) or a text pattern
at the end (]{inverseKeyAfterBracket} mapping) of whatever you want to treat
as a text block.
CountJump#Motion#MakeBracketMotionWithJumpFunctions( mapArgs, keyAfterBracket, inverseKeyAfterBracket, JumpToBeginForward, JumpToBeginBackward, JumpToEndForward, JumpToEndBackward, isEndJumpToEnd, ... )
This function sets up mappings starting with [ and ] for movement (with
optional [count]) relative to the current cursor position, but rely on four
passed jump functions instead of text patterns to do the movement.
CountJump#TextObject#MakeWithCountSearch( mapArgs, textObjectKey, types, selectionMode, patternToBegin, patternToEnd )
Defines a complete set of mappings for inner and/or outer text objects that
support an optional [count] and are driven by search patterns for the
beginning and end of a block. Outer text objects include the matched pattern
text, inner ones not. Selection can be characterwise, linewise or blockwise.
CountJump#TextObject#MakeWithJumpFunctions( mapArgs, textObjectKey, types, selectionMode, JumpToBegin, JumpToEnd )
This is a generalization of CountJump#TextObject#MakeWithCountSearch() that
invokes custom functions instead of searching for a fixed pattern. This is
useful if the check for a match is too complex for a single regular
expression, or if you need to adjust the match position depending on the
Often, a region can be defined as a block of continuous lines that all match a
certain pattern. The following functions aid in implementing movements to the
boundaries of these regions and text objects consisting of the region:
CountJump#Region#JumpToRegionEnd( count, pattern, step )
Starting from the current line, search for the position where the count'th
region ends. Use this function to build Funcrefs for forward / backward jumps
that can then be passed to CountJump#TextObject#MakeWithJumpFunctions().
CountJump#Region#JumpToNextRegion( count, pattern, step, isAcrossRegion )
Starting from the current line, search for the position where the count'th
region begins/ends.
CountJump#Region#Jump( mode, JumpFunc, ... )
Implement a custom motion by jumping to the <count>th occurrence of the passed
pattern. This function allows to implement jump functions working on text
regions. These can then be passed to
CountJump#Motion#MakeBracketMotionWithJumpFunctions(). >
function! s:JumpToBeginForward( mode )
return CountJump#Region#Jump(a:mode, function('CountJump#Region#JumpToNextRegion'), '^\s*#', 1, 0)
EXAMPLE *CountJump-example*
Let's illustrate the usage by developing custom motions and text objects for
Pascal begin..end blocks.
We want to move around blocks, and override the default section movements for
]] Go to [count] next start of a block.
][ Go to [count] next end of a block.
[[ Go to [count] previous start of a block.
[] Go to [count] previous end of a block.
call CountJump#Motion#MakeBracketMotion('<buffer>', '', '', '\c^begin\n\zs', '\c^.*\nend', 0)
The begin pattern positions the cursor on the beginning of the line following
the "begin" keyword, the end pattern on the beginning of the line
preceding the "end" keyword.
We want to select a block, either including or excluding the lines with the
begin..end keywords:
ib "inner block" text object, select [count] contents of
a block.
ab "a block" text object, select [count] blocks.
call CountJump#TextObject#MakeWithCountSearch('<buffer>', 'b', 'ai', 'V', '\c^begin\n', '\c^end.*$')
If there is a filetype detection for Pascal files, we can simply put the
above calls in a ~/.vim/ftplugin/pascal_movement.vim script and are done.
INSTALLATION *CountJump-installation*
This script is packaged as a|vimball|. If you have the "gunzip" decompressor
in your PATH, simply edit the *.vba.gz package in Vim; otherwise, decompress
the archive first, e.g. using WinZip. Inside Vim, install by sourcing the
vimball or via the|:UseVimball|command. >
vim CountJump.vba.gz
:so %
To uninstall, use the|:RmVimball|command.
DEPENDENCIES *CountJump-dependencies*
- Requires Vim 7.0 or higher.
LIMITATIONS *CountJump-limitations*
KNOWN PROBLEMS *CountJump-known-problems*
- An outer text object cannot consist of the same, multiple characters;
nothing will be selected (because the end pattern also matches at the begin
position). A same single character pattern works, though.
- For blockwise text objects, the original cursor position should be required
to be inside the selection. However, this requires translation of the
byte-indices here into screen columns, and is thus non-trivial to implement.
TODO *CountJump-todo*
IDEAS *CountJump-ideas*
- Add configuration to change behavior when there are no [count] matches:
1. obey the 'wrapscan' option, like |]s| and/or
2. jump as many matches as possible, still beep to indicate the actual
target was not reached
- Add customization parameter so that the motion / text object includes the
start / end of buffer in case patternToBegin / patternToEnd do not match any
HISTORY *CountJump-history*
1.22 06-Aug-2010
- No more motion mappings and text objects for select mode; as the mappings
start with a printable character, no select-mode mapping should be defined.
1.21 03-Aug-2010
- FIX: A 2]] jump inside a region (unless last line) jumped like a 1]] jump.
The search for next region must not decrease the iteration counter when
_not_ searching _across_ the region.
- FIX: Must not do (characterwise) end position adaptation for linewise text
object that does not exclude boundaries.
- Switched example from email fortunes to Pascal begin..end blocks, as they
are conceptually easier.
1.20 02-Aug-2010
- ENH: In CountJump#Motion#MakeBracketMotion(), a:keyAfterBracket and
a:inverseKeyAfterBracket can now be empty, the resulting mappings are then
omitted. Likewise, any jump function can be empty in
- With the added CountJump#Motion#MakeBracketMotionWithJumpFunctions() motions
can be defined via jump functions, similar to how text objects can be
- Added CountJump/Region.vim to move to borders of a region defined by lines
matching a pattern.
- FIX: CountJump#CountJump() with mode "O" didn't add original position to
jump list.
- The previous visual selection is kept when the text object could not be
selected. (Beforehand, a new selection of the text object's selection type
was created.)
- The adjustment movements after the jumps to the text object boundaries now
do not cause beeps if that movement cannot be done (e.g. a 'j' at the end of
the buffer).
1.10 19-Jul-2010
- Changed behavior if there aren't [count] matches: Instead of jumping to the
last available match (and ringing the bell), the cursor stays at the
original position, like with the old vi-compatible motions.
- ENH: Only adding to jump list if there actually is a match. This is like the
built-in Vim motions work.
- FIX: For a linewise text object, the end cursor column is not important; do
not compare with the original cursor column in this case.
1.00 22-Jun-2010
First published version.
0.01 14-Feb-2009
Started development.
Copyright: (C) 2009-2010 by Ingo Karkat
The VIM LICENSE applies to this script; see|copyright|.
Maintainer: Ingo Karkat <>
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