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Re: vim-a-like vi mode status bar

I have a mode line that appears below the command line (attached).  It
has a bug here and there, but is fairly solid and pretty simple.


Ian Lynagh wrote:

> Hi all
> I have thought it would be nice to have a vim-a-like indicator of
> whether or not you are insert or command mode when using the vi line
> editting mode for a long time now. In a burst of enthusiasm I have
> put something together over the last couple of days (attached).
> However it's not quite as nice as it might have been and I have run
> into a few annoyances along the way.
> Initially I was planning to have the indicator in the prompt.
> However AFAICT once the prompt has been displayed it is cached, so
> even if you for zsh to redraw it (I tried various things like "zle
> redisplay", "zle push-input; zle get-line", "zle -R") it just
> redraws the old one. Did I miss a way to do this?
> Is there a reason why it shouldn't be possible to pipe something
> into source? Or another way to do it without a temporary file?
> With the script attached, if I paste a command in then only the
> first character is visible until I press ^R. If I type something
> else first then it works fine (even if I first delete what I
> typed!). Perhaps this is a bug?
> I also couldn't find a way to set the statusbar after accepting a
> command. zsh -M complains it's not being called from a widget if I
> call it from precmd.
> Finally I would welcome any comments/criticisms on the code!
> Thanks Ian
# Set vi mode status bar

# Reads until the given character has been entered.
readuntil () {
    typeset a
    while [ "$a" != "$1" ]
        read -E -k 1 a

# If the $SHOWMODE variable is set, displays the vi mode, specified by
# the $VIMODE variable, under the current command line.
# Arguments:
#   1 (optional): Beyond normal calculations, the number of additional
#   lines to move down before printing the mode.  Defaults to zero.
showmode() {
    typeset movedown
    typeset row

    # Get number of lines down to print mode
    movedown=$(($(echo "$RBUFFER" | wc -l) + ${1:-0}))
    # Get current row position
    echo -n "\e[6n"
    row="${${$(readuntil R)#*\[}%;*}"
    # Are we at the bottom of the terminal?
    if [ $((row+movedown)) -gt "$LINES" ]
        # Scroll terminal up one line
        echo -n "\e[1S"
        # Move cursor up one line
        echo -n "\e[1A"
    # Save cursor position
    echo -n "\e[s"
    # Move cursor to start of line $movedown lines down
    echo -n "\e[$movedown;E"
    # Change font attributes
    echo -n "\e[1m"
    # Has a mode been set?
    if [ -n "$VIMODE" ]
        # Print mode line
        echo -n "-- $VIMODE -- "
        # Clear mode line
        echo -n "\e[0K"

    # Restore font
    echo -n "\e[0m"
    # Restore cursor position
    echo -n "\e[u"

clearmode() {
    VIMODE= showmode

# Temporary function to extend built-in widgets to display mode.
#   1: The name of the widget.
#   2: The mode string.
#   3 (optional): Beyond normal calculations, the number of additional
#   lines to move down before printing the mode.  Defaults to zero.
makemodal () {
    # Create new function
    eval "$1() { zle .'$1'; ${2:+VIMODE='$2'}; showmode $3 }"

    # Create new widget
    zle -N "$1"

# Extend widgets
makemodal vi-add-eol           INSERT
makemodal vi-add-next          INSERT
makemodal vi-change            INSERT
makemodal vi-change-eol        INSERT
makemodal vi-change-whole-line INSERT
makemodal vi-insert            INSERT
makemodal vi-insert-bol        INSERT
makemodal vi-open-line-above   INSERT
makemodal vi-substitute        INSERT
makemodal vi-open-line-below   INSERT 1
makemodal vi-replace           REPLACE
makemodal vi-cmd-mode          NORMAL

unfunction makemodal

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