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PATCH: Re: tag-order func()

Bart Schaefer wrote:

> On Oct 11,  9:37am, Sven Wischnowsky wrote:
> } 
> } Another thing Bart and I were thinking about some time ago was that we 
> } could remove the func() functionality of the tag-order style, now that 
> } we have `zstyle -e'.
> } 
> } So, other opinions?
> I'd add back an example somewhere of how you accomplish the same thing
> with `zstyle -e' that was previously accomplished with _sort_tags.  (No
> historical reference to _sort_tags is necessary.)

Ok, I've added that.

> There's also the issue that I raised in zsh-users/3421 about how very
> difficult it is to return a glob pattern via the `reply' array from
> a style defined with zstyle -e.


  % zstyle -e foo bar 'reply=( "*(@)" )'
  % zstyle -a foo bar x; echo $x
  % zstyle -e foo bar 'reply=( \*\(@\) )'
  % zstyle -a foo bar x; echo $x

Any option setting that caused your problems?


Index: Completion/Core/_tags
RCS file: /cvsroot/zsh/zsh/Completion/Core/_tags,v
retrieving revision 1.6
diff -u -r1.6 _tags
--- Completion/Core/_tags	2000/06/22 08:42:36	1.6
+++ Completion/Core/_tags	2000/10/12 08:20:08
@@ -48,11 +48,6 @@
     for tag in $order; do
       case $tag in
       -)     nodef=yes;;
-      *\(\)) if ! "${${tag%%[ 	]#\(\)}##[ 	]#}" "$@"; then
-               nodef=yes
-               break
-             fi
-             ;;
       \!*)   comptry "${(@)argv:#(${(j:|:)~${=~tag[2,-1]}})}";;
       ?*)    comptry -m "$tag";;
Index: Doc/Zsh/compsys.yo
RCS file: /cvsroot/zsh/zsh/Doc/Zsh/compsys.yo,v
retrieving revision 1.101
diff -u -r1.101 compsys.yo
--- Doc/Zsh/compsys.yo	2000/10/12 07:08:43	1.101
+++ Doc/Zsh/compsys.yo	2000/10/12 08:20:09
@@ -1923,25 +1923,6 @@
 in the description is replaced with the description given by the
 completion function.
-The function var(func) is called, which can then define the order
-in which tags are to be used based on additional context
-information.  See the tt(_sort_tags) function below for a description
-of how such functions can be implemented.  The return value of the
-function is used to decide if the following values for the style
-should be used.  If it is zero, they are used and if it is non-zero,
-they are not used.  For example:
-example(non-empty() { [[ -n $PREFIX ]] }
-zstyle ':completion:*:*:-command-:*' tag-order 'non-empty()')
-Makes completion in command position happen only if the string on the
-line is not empty.  This is tested using the tt(PREFIX)
-parameter which is special in completion widgets; see
-ifnzman(noderef(Completion Widgets))
-for a description of these special parameters.
 In each of the cases above, the tag may also be a pattern or more than 
@@ -2005,6 +1986,28 @@
 time the value for the tt(matcher) style from the second call to tt(zstyle)
 in the example is used to make completion case-insensitive.
+Using the tt(-e) option of the tt(zstyle) builtin command, it is
+possible to specify conditions saying when certain tags are to be
+used. For example:
+example(zstyle -e '*:-command-:*' tag-order '
+    if [[ -n $PREFIX ]]; then
+      reply=( )
+    else
+      reply=( - )
+    fi')
+Makes completion in command position happen only if the string on 
+the line is not empty.  This is tested using the tt(PREFIX)
+parameter which is special in completion widgets; see
+ifnzman(noderef(Completion Widgets))
+for a description of these special parameters.
+Setting tt(reply) to an empty array ensures that only the default
+behaviour of trying all tags at once is used and setting it to an
+array containing only a hyphen disables that default behaviour -- thus 
+keeping all tags from being tried.
 If no style has been defined for a context, the strings
 `tt((|*-)argument-* (|*-)option-* values)' and `tt(options)' plus all
 tags offered by the completion function will be used to provide a
@@ -3628,89 +3631,6 @@
 Note that this function is called automatically from tt(_description)
 so that one normally doesn't have to call it explicitly.
-item(tt(_sort_tags) var(tag) ...)(
-No such function is actually used by the completion system; as mentioned
-above for the tt(tag-order) style, it is only provided to show how
-functions that sort tags can be implemented.
-Inside such functions the name of the current context can
-be accessed using the tt(curcontext) parameter.  For example, the
-function used in command position (called tt(_command_names)) in the
-completion can generate names of external and builtin commands, names
-of shell functions, aliases and parameters and reserved words.
-example(_sort_tags() {
-  case $curcontext in
-  (*:-command-:*)
-    comptry commands functions
-    comptry builtins aliases
-    ;;
-  (*)
-    .comptry "$@"
-    ;;
-  esac
-  return 1
-Every call to the tt(comptry) builtin command gives a
-set of tags to use; as soon as the completion system produces
-matches for one set, subsequent sets have no effect.  Hence in
-the example this means that in command position on the first attempt
-only names of external commands and shell functions will be generated
-(the first call to tt(comptry)).  If none of those names match the string
-from the command line the completion function will generate names of
-builtin commands and aliases as possible matches (the second call to
-For all other context names the second case-pattern matches, so that
-normally the completion functions will try all tags offered. The
-return value means that the calling function, tt(_tags), will not use
-all offered tags as a default, so in the first case names or
-parameters and reserved words will never be completed.
-In any context the function may call tt(comptry) as often as necessary.
-Also, any string may be given as an argument, even if no tag
-with that name was offered by the completion function.  This allows
-one to give a preferred ordering for some common tag sets without
-having to worry about sensible patterns for context names.  For
-example, many completion functions can generate both arguments and
-option names for commands.  These functions normally use the tags
-like tt(argument-)var(num), tt(option-)var(name)tt(-)var(num) and
-tt(options).  Depending on your preference you may write in your
-sorting function:
-example(_sort_tags() {
-  comptry -m '(|*-)argument-* (|*-)option-* options'
-  case $curcontext in
-  ...
-  esac
-example(_sort_tags() {
-  comptry -m '(|*-)argument-* (|*-)option-*'
-  comptry options
-  case $curcontext in
-  ...
-  esac
-The former always adds both the matches for the argument and the option
-names as possible matches.  The latter forces matches for the arguments to
-be preferred.  In this case option names are only generated as matches if
-the string on the line produces no possible completion for arguments;
-normally you would have to type the hyphen the option names start with
-yourself in order to see the list of option names that can be completed.
-With the tt(-s) option, each tag given to tt(comptry) will be put in a 
-separate set. With the tt(-m) option, the arguments are treated in the 
-same way as the the values for the tt(tag-order) style (except for the 
-`tt(!...)', `tt(-)' and `tt(foo())' forms).
 item(tt(_store_cache) var(cache_identifier) var(vars) ...)(

Sven Wischnowsky                         wischnow@xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx

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