RE: Vim Regina: tragedy in .5 act
- On Fri, 2 Nov 2001, Kesteloot, Lawrence wrote:
> For a week I've been looking for the little window that you can:h window<ctrl-d>
> type ex commands in. I know it exists because I started it once
> by accident. Turns out I have to type ":help cmdline-window".
> I tried all the obvious combinations of "command" and "window"
> and "ex" and so on. I ended up just going through the tags file of
> the help system and grepping for "window".
- / FROM: "Kesteloot, Lawrence" <Lawrence.Kesteloot@...>, Nov 2 10:09 2001
| ABOUT: RE: Vim Regina: tragedy in .5 act
| Austy Garhi (n. d'i-b.) [tgal@...] wrote:
| > The Vim HELPFILES are a
| > FORREST OF CONFUSION themselves! They do not let the user see
| > how to use the Vim capabilities.
| I agree. Although the helpfiles have answers to all the questions,
| you need to know how to ask the questions, which is sometimes
| the problem.
| For a week I've been looking for the little window that you can
| type ex commands in. I know it exists because I started it once
| by accident. Turns out I have to type ":help cmdline-window".
| I tried all the obvious combinations of "command" and "window"
| and "ex" and so on. I ended up just going through the tags file of
| the help system and grepping for "window".
PLEASE don't take this reply they wrong way; trust me, I've spent pleanty of
time looking for things too, and don't always find them quickly.
In fact, when I moved to vim6, I had the exact same issue, I accidentally
brought up the cmdline-window several times, and couldn't quite figure out
how I'd done it (I think I actually figured out the keystrokes I was making --
"q:" -- and got help on that, voila!).
Certainly an index would be helpful.
SUGGESTION FOR PATCH:
"command-line-window" help tag.
In this particular case, a tag of command-line-window would be *extremely*
useful. Since "command-line" shows up in the status line, it would be a
logical token to try to get help on -- but if you try to get help on
"command-line" (even tabbing through the matches), you don't hit a match
for help on the command-line window; you'll get in the right help *file*,
but nowhere near section 6.
But, still, Ugh! (especially for someone as experienced as yourself)
If you type ":help window<tab>..." (... == keep hitting tab), you'll
eventually get to "cmdline-window", which sounds like a good candidate...
If nothing else, get help on command-line (which gets you into cmdline.txt),
and read (or at least scan) the *whole* document. Yes that's a pain, but
would have been faster than what you went through (a week?).