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PatternComplete : Insert mode completion for matches of queried / last search pattern.

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created by
Ingo Karkat
script type
This plugin offers completions that either use the last search pattern or
query for a regular expression, and then offer all matches for completion.
No completion base is used.

Without this plugin, you can just directly insert the contents of the last
search pattern register via CTRL-R /, but the register can contain \<word\>
boundary characters from a star search or other non-literal regexp atoms
like \V, .*, etc., which you usually don't want inserted into the text.

- Check out the CompleteHelper.vim plugin page (vimscript #3914) for a full
  list of insert mode completions powered by it.

CTRL-X /                The completion first queries for {pattern} (press
                        <Enter> to conclude), then finds matches for

CTRL-X *                The completion first queries for {pattern} (press
                        <Enter> to conclude), then finds matches for
                        \<{pattern}\>, or {pattern} surrounded by whitespace
                        as a fallback.

CTRL-X &                Find matches for the last search pattern, quote/.

CTRL-R &                Insert first match for the last search pattern
                        quote/ into the command-line.
install details
This script is packaged as a vimball. If you have the "gunzip" decompressor
in your PATH, simply edit the *.vmb.gz package in Vim; otherwise, decompress
the archive first, e.g. using WinZip. Inside Vim, install by sourcing the
vimball or via the :UseVimball command.
    vim PatternComplete*.vmb.gz
    :so %
To uninstall, use the :RmVimball command.

- Requires Vim 7.0 or higher.
- Requires the ingo-library.vim plugin (vimscript #4433), version 1.011 or
- Requires the CompleteHelper.vim plugin (vimscript #3914), version 1.50 or

For a permanent configuration, put the following commands into your vimrc:

By default, the 'complete' option controls which buffers will be scanned for
completion candidates. You can override that either for the entire plugin, or
only for particular buffers; see CompleteHelper_complete for supported
    let g:PatternComplete_complete = '.,w,b,u'

If you want to use different mappings, map your keys to the
<Plug>(PatternComplete) mapping targets _before_ sourcing the script (e.g.
in your vimrc):
    imap <C-x>/ <Plug>(PatternCompleteInput)
    imap <C-x>* <Plug>(PatternCompleteWordInput)
    imap <C-x>& <Plug>(PatternCompleteSearch)
    cmap <C-r>& <Plug>(PatternCompleteSearchMatch)

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package script version date Vim version user release notes
PatternComplete-1.02.vmb.gz 1.02 2016-04-28 7.0 Ingo Karkat - Use a:options.abbreviate instead of explicit abbreviation loop. *** You need to update to CompleteHelper.vim (vimscript #3914) version 1.50! ***
- Remove default g:PatternComplete_complete configuration and default to 'complete' option value instead.
- Use more functions from the ingo-library. *** You need to update to ingo-library (vimscript #4433) version 1.011! ***
PatternComplete-1.01.vmb.gz 1.01 2013-07-15 7.0 Ingo Karkat - DWIM: Remove the \<...\> enclosure when the last used search pattern is a whole word search (that just has no matches now).
- Add dependency to ingo-library (vimscript #4433).
PatternComplete-1.00.vmb.gz 1.00 2012-10-01 7.0 Ingo Karkat Initial upload
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