Snippets and other bits

Start evil substitution on selection

Jul 11, 2021

Here’s a little evil operator that will fill in the first part of an evil/ex substitution with the region / visual / object. This allows you to replace objects quickly without having to type out the ex command in full.

If I’ve missed something like this that’s built-in, let me know.

(evil-define-operator start-ex-sub-on-region (beg end)
  (let ((region (buffer-substring beg end)))
    (evil-ex (concat "%s/" (replace-regexp-in-string "\/" "\\\\/"
                                                     (regexp-quote region))

I bind this globally to ",s" with:

(evil-global-set-key 'normal (kbd ",s") 'start-ex-sub-on-region)

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