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67662Re: :normal stops execution when cursor can't be moved

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  • Andy Wokula
    Jan 7, 2013
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      Am 07.01.2013 01:39, schrieb Ingo Karkat:
      > On 04-Jan-13 12:58:15 +0900, Mohammed Chelouti wrote:
      >> Hello
      >> I have found an unexpected behaviour in the normal command and I am
      >> not sure if it is a bug or just not explicitly mentioned in the help.
      >> Consider the following file (# depicts the cursor):
      >> 1 foo
      >> 2 #bar
      >> 3 zab
      >> Now enter :norm! ddkP, the file should now look like this.
      >> 1 #bar
      >> 2 foo
      >> 3 zab
      >> So far so good, execute the same command once more. Result:
      >> 1 #foo
      >> 2 zab
      >> The first line was removed but not inserted; this doesn't happen when
      >> executing ddkP manually.
      > When you type this manually, you're effectively executing this:
      > execute 'norm! dd' | execute 'norm! k' | execute 'norm! P'
      > And this indeed doesn't stop.
      >> The help file says that :normal stops on errors but is it an error
      >> when the cursor just can't move one line up?
      > Yes it is. The beep that is issued is a clear indication of the error.
      >> I don't know what behaviour was intended, but I think it should either
      >> be considered a bug or there should be an explicit hint in the help.
      > Yes, it is intended, and it's very helpful to abort (recursive)
      > macros. And the reference in the help is exactly what you've quoted.
      > Sorry that some Vim peculiarities are so hard to discover, but I guess
      > that's the price one has to pay for such a powerful editor.

      And one more hint in the help is
      :h map_return

      it applies because arguments from :normal are like arguments from a
      mapping (although :h :normal says "{commands} are executed like they are
      typed." ... which is a bit misleading (it should say "{commands} are
      executed like coming from a mapping"))

      There is one weird detail though:
      Without [!], :normal continues.
      Same for a mapping for which remapping is allowed: it continues
      after the error.
      I actually didn't notice this before.


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