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Re: Calling a zle widget from a function

Frank Terbeck wrote:
> So, that means that (no matter if using v4.2 or v4.3) you cannot call
> widgets from the commandline, right?

From the *command line* you can: type Esc x and enter the name of the
widget (or bind it with bindkey).  From something executed as an
ordinary piece of shell code from the command line, and in particular
from a trap, you can't.

> And how would you 'hook' into zle? I don't know what you meant by
> that.

You can redefine any standard widget to get it to execute your own code
as well as its normal function.  This is sometimes done with

  accept-line() {
    zle .accept-line
  zle -N accept-line

However, I don't think there's anything you can intercept when zle is
idle.  You can "kick" zle with "zle -I" from outside it to cause it to
redisplay, but as far as I can see that doesn't go through any
user-redefinable widgets.  So that doesn't seem to help either.

There are a limited number of "real" hooks (zle-line-init and
zle-keymap-select), although I called them "special widgets" which
wasn't a particular clever name, but neither of them helps here either.

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