I was looking through the default mappings for square brackets, and I really don't need most of that functionality. I would like to disable these mappings, then use nnoremap [ [[ and nnoremap ] ]] to be able to jump between functions/definitions with one keystroke. Is this possible?

Perhaps I can turn on set timeout and set timeoutlen=0 for an individual remap...

  • You asked this one earlier, but the other one has an answer (which should work for both).
    – Rich
    Aug 18 '17 at 16:55
  • Actually, the solution in the other thread turned out not to work (try it for yourself) for brackets, although it did work for < and > perhaps because the latter waits for a motion, while the former is a special command-prefix. Can we re-open this? Not sure how.
    – Luke Davis
    Aug 18 '17 at 17:29
  • No I'll take your word for it. Apologies! Nominated for reopening. :)
    – Rich
    Aug 18 '17 at 18:41
nnoremap <nowait> ] ]]
nnoremap <nowait> [ [[

actually does work in plain text files, the problem is that many filetypes have custom <buffer> mappings for [[/]]. In this case, a global <nowait> map fails because there are still <buffer> mappings with that prefix. We need to make our mapping <buffer> as well. However, there are problems

  • We cannot use nnoremap <nowait><buffer> [ [[ because this would use vim's default [[ not the appropriate filetype's.
  • We cannot use nmap <nowait><buffer> [ [[ because this would create a recursive mapping with itself.

A solution is to use <buffer> maps with :normal:

nnoremap <silent><nowait> [ [[
nnoremap <silent><nowait> ] ]]

function! MakeBracketMaps()
    nnoremap <silent><nowait><buffer> [ :<c-u>exe 'normal '.v:count.'[['<cr>
    nnoremap <silent><nowait><buffer> ] :<c-u>exe 'normal '.v:count.']]'<cr>

augroup bracketmaps
    autocmd FileType * call MakeBracketMaps()
augroup END

Note that many filetype's [[/]] implementations don't take a count.


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