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68370Re: [patch] new cpo setting to make n/N search in the same direction

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  • Bram Moolenaar
    Feb 19 1:41 PM
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      Christian Brabandt wrote:

      > > > Bram,
      > > > one of my annoyances with vim currently is, that when using n/N for
      > > > searching the direction depends on the previous search command. But I
      > > > usually forget if I initially used / or ? and then my brain gets stuck
      > > > whether I need to press n to search backwards or N. (e.g. I start a
      > > > search backwards using '?' and want to go further upwards and press
      > > > routinely 'N', but this moves back downwards again).
      > > >
      > > > I find it easier to know that n searches downwards while N searches
      > > > upwards, since I usually only know whether I want to go further down or
      > > > up, so I can reliably hit n to go further down and N to go further up to
      > > > the next match.
      > > >
      > > > This is what the attached patch enables, by adding the new flag 'N' to
      > > > the 'cpo' setting.
      > >
      > > Well, instead of adding an option, what about:
      > >
      > > :noremap n /<CR>
      > > :noremap N ?<CR>
      > >
      > I wouldn't call this intuitively:
      > http://groups.google.com/group/vim_use/msg/6ff8586688e52b7d

      It seems the main objection is that the search history is affected.
      A generic solution to that would be a command modifier that does not
      store the pattern in history.

      We could also avoid storing an empty string in search history, even
      without a modifier. Searching for an empty string is useless.

      Actually, now that I try it I don't see the empty string being stored.
      Tim apparently used // instead of /. I don't see why.

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