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PrevInsertComplete : Recall and insert mode completion for previously inserted text.

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created by
Ingo Karkat
script type
This plugin lets you quickly recall previous insertions and insert them again
at the cursor position. Essentially, it's the built-in i_CTRL-A command
souped up with history and selection.

In insert mode, you can narrow down the candidates by typing a keyword first;
then, only insertions with a match will be offered as completion candidates.
In normal mode, you can directly recall the [count]'th previous insertion, or
have it list the last 9 insertions and let you choose.
To avoid that the many minor tactical edits clobber up the history, only
significant (longer) edits are recalled.

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

CTRL-X CTRL-A           Find previous insertions (i_CTRL-A, quote.) whose
                        contents match the keyword before the cursor. First, a
                        match at the beginning is tried; if that returns no
                        results, it may match anywhere.
                        Further use of CTRL-X CTRL-A will append insertions done
                        after the previous recall.

[count]q<CTRL-@>        Recall and append previous [count]'th insertion.

[count]q<CTRL-A>        Lists the last 9 insertions, then prompts for a number.
                        The chosen insertion is appended [count] times.
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 PrevInsertComplete*.vmb.gz
    :so %
To uninstall, use the :RmVimball command.

- Requires Vim 7.0 or higher.
- Requires the ingo-library.vim plugin (vimscript #4433), version 1.015 or
- Requires the CompleteHelper.vim plugin (vimscript #3914), version 1.11 or
- repeat.vim (vimscript #2136) plugin (optional)

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

Very short insertions are often just minor corrections and not worthwhile to
recall. The threshold number of inserted characters can be set via:
    let g:PrevInsertComplete_MinLength = 6

The number of recorded insertions can be adjusted.
    let g:PrevInsertComplete_HistorySize = 100

The recorded insertions can be kept and restored across Vim sessions, using
the viminfo file. For this to work, the "!" flag must be part of the
'viminfo' setting:
    set viminfo+=!  " Save and restore global variables.
By default, all recorded insertions are persisted. You can reduce the maximum
number of insertions to be stored via:
    let g:PrevInsertComplete_PersistSize = 10
or completely turn off persistence by setting the variable to 0.

If you want to use different mappings, map your keys to the
<Plug>(PrevInsert...) mapping targets _before_ sourcing the script (e.g. in
your vimrc):
    imap <C-a> <Plug>(PrevInsertComplete)
    nmap <Leader><C-a> <Plug>(PrevInsertRecall)
    nmap <Leader><A-a> <Plug>(PrevInsertList)

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package script version date Vim version user release notes
PrevInsertComplete-1.11.vmb.gz 1.11 2013-11-29 7.0 Ingo Karkat - Change qa mapping default to q<C-@>; I found it confusing that I could not record macros into register a any more. To keep the previous mapping, use > :nmap qa <Plug>(PrevInsertRecall)
- Make recall of insertion (q<CTRL-@>, q<CTRL-A>) repeatable.
- Add dependency to ingo-library (vimscript #4433). *** You need to separately install ingo-library (vimscript #4433) version 1.015 (or higher)! ***
PrevInsertComplete-1.10.vmb.gz 1.10 2012-10-15 7.0 Ingo Karkat ENH: Persist recorded insertions across Vim invocations in the |viminfo| file. This can be controlled by the |g:PrevInsertComplete_PersistSize|
PrevInsertComplete-1.00.vmb.gz 1.00 2012-08-22 7.0 Ingo Karkat Initial upload
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