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Re: Call for opinions on a couple of prospective zsh patches

On Jun 6,  2:36pm, Adam Spiers wrote:
} Subject: Re: Call for opinions on a couple of prospective zsh patches
} Bart Schaefer (schaefer@xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx) wrote:
} > Greg Badros <gjb@@cs.washington.edu> has submitted patches for three new
} > features that could appear in zsh 3.0.6.  I'm undecided whether to add
} > any or all of them.  They are:
} > 
} > * Completion using "dynamic abbreviations" after the manner of the emacs
} >   dabbrev package.  This includes adding a special `dabbrev-complete' ZLE
} >   action, along the lines of expand-or-complete, complete-word, etc.
} Personally I find this feature so useful that I can't stand being
} without it, and still use that version with my patch hacked in to this
} day, which is unfortunate, because it's prevented me from regularly
} trying out the newer development versions.
} Which versions is zle -C (or similar) available in these days?

Peter has been doing interim unofficial patch releases about once a week
for some while now, because Zefram's net access has been intermittent.
The "zle -C" stuff merged with some other completion changes that Sven
Wischnowsky implemented, and all will appear in 3.1.6.

(You know you've been reading zsh-workers a long time when you can spell
Wischnowsky without looking it up.)

} >   I find the effects of `dabbrev-complete' to be -very- similar to
} > 	setopt menu_complete
} > 	compctl -D -s '${=$(history -nr 1)}'
} Also, I don't like the idea of menu-completion behaviour, because I
} tend to keep a huge history (precisely for the reason that it makes a
} dabbrev-expand action so useful), so I'd end up with huge menus (or a
} "do you want a huge menu" prompt) most times I hit the key.  Ugh.

I think you're confusing menu-completion with completion listings.  In a
menu completion, repeatedly striking the completion key (e.g. TAB) cycles
through the list of possible matches; you still see only one at a time,
and you aren't prompted about it.  Listing behavior (setopt auto_list and
list_ambiguous) means that if the word can't be completed, all possible
matches are displayed (or you get prompted if there are too many).

Greg's patches do not cause listing behavior, ever; it's a new builtin,
so it doesn't recognize the regular completion options.  Hm, I'd probably
have to try to do something about that if I were going to include it.

} I'd say that if this next 3.1 release is coming soon then maybe don't
} bother.

The 3.1.6 release should not be very far apart from the 3.0.6 release,
barring unforseen circumstances.

Slightly off-topic:

} I'm constantly finding that M-f and M-b don't do what I want them to,
} and I can't get them to behave how I want either.  How about the
} option of an emacs-like {forward,backward}-word, which jumps to a
} different place depending on which direction you're heading, for
} example?

I imagine this was either an oversight, or works the way it does because
Paul Falstad didn't like having two spaces left behind following a
forward-word backward-delete-word sequence.  I've long been using
	bindkey -s '^[f' '^[E^F'

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