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Re: is there way to use vicmd (not viins) layout initially?

Ilya Kuznecov wrote:
> As far as I know, this is only viins mode by default. Do I fail? 

You probably *should* be able to do this:

zle -A vicmd main

Unfortunately, if you do that, although the shell starts in vicmd mode,
you can't get into viins mode, because the code which implements
`vi-insert' switches to the main keymap, i.e. in this case straight back
to vicmd.  This is actually documented, but I'm not sure if it's

You can get round it with:

  vi-insert() { zle -K viins; }
  zle -N vi-insert

but unfortunately you need to rewrite every widget that switches to
insert mode (those bound to I, a, A, c, etc. etc.) in a similar fashion.

What does everyone think about tying vi-insert to switching to viins,
rather than `main' (and other logically related changes)?  This would
need changes in the documentation, too.

Note there's nothing to stop you copying another keymap onto viins, so I
don't think this stops you doing anything you might want to.

I think the problem comes with the vi-cmd-mode binding in Emacs mode.
In this case, `i' or whatever will put you into vi insert mode, not back
to Emacs mode.  But that seems to me to be exactly what is documented:

     vi-insert (unbound) (i) (unbound)
          Enter insert mode.

--- nothing about returning to the main keymap.

You can write a widget to switch the keymap.

  main-map() { zle -K main; }
  zle -N main-map
  bindkey -M vicmd 'M' main-map

then i etc. still do what are documented, but 'M' returns you to the
main keymap.

This seems to me more useful and predictable than the current

If there's deathly silence I won't dare change this.

Index: Src/Zle/zle_vi.c
RCS file: /cvsroot/zsh/zsh/Src/Zle/zle_vi.c,v
retrieving revision
diff -u -r1.1.1.9 zle_vi.c
--- Src/Zle/zle_vi.c	3 Jul 1999 13:18:04 -0000
+++ Src/Zle/zle_vi.c	3 Apr 2003 12:57:32 -0000
@@ -89,7 +89,7 @@
 startvitext(int im)
-    selectkeymap("main", 1);
+    selectkeymap("viins", 1);
     undoing = 0;
     viinsbegin = cs;
@@ -98,7 +98,7 @@
-    Keymap mn = openkeymap("main");
+    Keymap mn = openkeymap("viins");
     char m[3], *str;
     Thingy cmd;
@@ -351,7 +351,7 @@
     if ((c2 = getvirange(1)) != -1) {
 	ret = 0;
 	forekill(c2 - cs, 0);
-	selectkeymap("main", 1);
+	selectkeymap("viins", 1);
 	viinsbegin = cs;
 	undoing = 0;

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