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Re: visible mark and reverse-menu-complete

Jörg Sommer <joerg@xxxxxxxxxxxx> wrote:
> Hi,
> I've two problems/questions:
> · Is it possible to make the mark (the text between the point where you
>   pressed ^@ and the editing point) visible? I thought of something like
>   printing the text in inverse mode (\e[7m).

This is tricky.  Putting display information between editing characters is
something it would be very nice to do for several reasons, but it would
involve a lot of work on the interface to the screen refresh code.  The
problem is that what is output isn't a stream of bytes, it's more like a
grid of characters corresponding to what's on the screen, so we need a way
of supplying characters that won't be printed.

You could imagine a hack where you identified typical termcap sequences
like the above and output them separately without updating the display but
that's horribly non portable and I don't like it at all; what's more it's,
internally at least, half way to a proper solution.

> · To iterate through a list of menu completions I use
>   reverse-menu-completion. But if no menu completion startet r-m-c starts
>   at the begin of the list not the end.

This looks very much like a bug.

Luckily, there's a simple quick fix, and I have very little interest in
looking for a difficult slow fix...

Index: Src/Zle/zle_tricky.c
RCS file: /cvsroot/zsh/zsh/Src/Zle/zle_tricky.c,v
retrieving revision 1.78
diff -u -r1.78 zle_tricky.c
--- Src/Zle/zle_tricky.c	25 Oct 2006 18:01:42 -0000	1.78
+++ Src/Zle/zle_tricky.c	2 Nov 2006 16:16:47 -0000
@@ -345,8 +345,14 @@
 reversemenucomplete(char **args)
     wouldinstab = 0;
-    if (!menucmp)
-	return menucomplete(args);
+    if (!menucmp) {
+	menucomplete(args);
+	/*
+	 * Drop through, since we are now on the first item instead of
+	 * the last.  We've already updated the display, so this is a
+	 * bit inefficient, but it's simple and it works.
+	 */
+    }
     runhookdef(REVERSEMENUHOOK, NULL);
     return 0;

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