vim,vim-plugin,ag , Is there a way to insert the current search pattern into commandline?


Is there a way to insert the current search pattern into commandline?

Question:

Tag: vim,vim-plugin,ag

After installing Ag.vim I've had a frequent need to copy a search from * or / into the command line to search across all files in a codebase.

Example use case:

  1. I find a string of text user_profile_uri and use * to select it.

  2. I press : to enter commandline line mode and enter Ag to start my file search

Is there a way to move or copy the text in my search cursor to the commandline without having to copy the initial text by manually?

Edit:

I'm close to figuring this out. :registers at the commandline will give me a list of registers and while in command mode I can use Ctrl+R <registerkey> to paste. However, the text I need looks like \<user_profile_uri\>


Answer:

You have a few ways to do this:

You can combine the :AgFromSearch and * to come up with a mapping to do this all in one step. Add the following to your ~/.vimrc file:

nnoremap <leader>* *:AgFromSearch<cr>

Now you can use <leader>* to execute your search. The default <leader> is \ so it would become \*. See :h <Leader> for more information.

For more help see:

:h c_ctrl-r
:h c_ctrl-r_ctrl-w
:h :AgFromSearch
:h <Leader>
:h registers
:h quote/

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