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Re: No way to properly complete specific set of files

On Sun, Apr 28, 2013 at 1:12 PM, Peter Stephenson
<p.w.stephenson@xxxxxxxxxxxx> wrote:
> On Sat, 27 Apr 2013 05:12:27 -0500
> Felipe Contreras <felipe.contreras@xxxxxxxxx> wrote:
>> I have an array, let's say:
>>   files=('Documents' 'Downloads' 'Downloads/test' 'Videos')
>> And I want to complete those files, with all the niceties that _file has.
>> Am I missing something?
> I don't think you're missing anything in the sense that there's anything
> really designed for this, no...  to follow up on something Bart noted
> earlier, the completion system is written in such a way that it doesn't
> provide a lot of support for things that aren't done the way the
> original author thought of.  It would be great to refactor it to be
> both more general and more maintainable, but alas there are way too few
> volunteers for that sort of exercise.
> However, you can trick it to some extent:
> _path_files -g "(${(j.|.)~files})"
> relying on an extended_glob pattern to match any of the files.  That's
> not perfect --- in particular if there are metacharacters in the
> file names they'll confuse it.  Further, I think you're going to have
> trouble with directories; you'd need to decide what the files were
> within the current directory path, so you can't do stuff like complete
> Downloads/test directly that way.  It's probably possible to work around
> --- factor out the path that's already been completed --- but a bit
> fiddly and not gaining a lot over what you're already doing.

Yeah, but the next question is; why didn't the author think of that?
It seems like fairly obvious to me that somebody eventually would come
up with that need, and it seems many have done so, and they are using
_multi_parts for that (e.g. _git and _hg), but doesn't work nicely

Too bad.


Felipe Contreras

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