Simple vim plugin III: a polymorphic project greper

We’ve recently seen a very basic function to integrate grep to vim. We can improve it a little bit with very simple changes. Using this tip to have different key binding for different modes we can do something a bit smarter . Let’s create two functions, one for normal mode that should prompt the user what to search for, and another function to automagically pick whatever is selected:

function! FG_DoSearch(needle)
    let grepbin = 'grep -nri '

    setlocal buftype=nofile bufhidden=wipe nobuflisted noswapfile nowrap
    let cmd = grepbin . ' "' . a:needle . '" *'
    execute '$read !' . cmd
    setlocal nomodifiable

function! FG_Search()
    let needle = input("Search for: ")
    call FG_DoSearch(needle)

function! FG_Visual_Search()
    " Copy whatever is selected in visual mode
        silent! let a_save = @a
        silent! normal! gv"ay
        silent! let needle = @a
        silent! let @a = a_save

    call FG_DoSearch(needle)

nmap <leader>s :call FG_Search()<CR>
vmap <leader>s :call FG_Visual_Search()<CR>

The magic here happens in the mapping: nmap will create a mapping that’s only enabled when on “normal” mode, vmap when you’re in visual mode. As usual, check :help map for more details.


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