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Re: Three questions about a completer

Jesper Nygårds wrote:
> I have a completer function that I have bound with menu-complete to alt-e

> 1) I want to have the alternatives offered by consecutive presses of alt-e,
> and I don't want the alternatives to be listed below the command line. To

The hidden style should suppress listing the matches:
  zstyle ':completion:*list-comp:*' hidden all
But hidden is looked up from _description which you don't call.
You could add _wanted around the compadd but all the hidden style
actually does is cause the -n option to be passed to compadd which you
could do directly.

> 2) The line starting with "[[ -n $words[CURRENT] ]] ..." is meant to make
> sure that only files that match whats given on the command line (case
> insensitively and anywhere within the file name) is offered as

I would try using the completion matching control:

  compadd -n -p /etc/ -M 'l:|=* m:{[:lower:]}={[:upper:]}' /etc/*(:t)

> alternatives. I does work, but it also means that reversing the order -
> either by starting with alt-e and then hitting alt-E, or the opposite -
> does not work. I assume that when I reverse the order, the widget is called
> again, and since there is already a file on the command line (from pressing
> alt-e once), there is only one file matching. Is there a better way to get
> this behaviour? Again, I want to put a string on the command line, hit
> alt-e, and only those files having a part matching what i wrote should be
> offered. If I then reverse the order, I want the same list, i.e. those
> files matching what I originally wrote.

Using _menu generally does what I think you're describing. To use that,
you may want to use _generic instead of _list-result directly. I'd
recommend using _generic regardless of whether you want _menu, actually.
Other completers such as _match could also be useful.

  zle -C list-comp menu-complete _generic
  zstyle ':completion:*list-comp::::' completer _menu _list-result

The same thing can probably be done directly: _menu is not long but I
wonder whether it is right with the reverse widget.

> 3) I like the idea of using $NUMERIC to trigger alternative behaviour, in
> this example getting the file names from another directory. That means I

The menu completion widgets interpret the numeric argument. You can
always use a wrapper zle widget:

  zle-list-comp() {
    local dir
    (( NUMERIC == 1 )) && dir=/etc || dir=~
    zle list-comp -n 1
  zle -N zle-list-comp

The -n 1 there passes 1 as the numeric argument on to list-comp. Needing
two widgets is a big ugly but I don't know of any alternative.


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