I often navigate to the next occurrence of the current non-paren character. For example,

`HTTP GET www.example.com/example/com` is an example URL.

When the cursor is at the beginning of the line at the ` character, it is useful to jump the the next occurrence of the `.

This can be achieved by f` (How to jump to a specific character in vim?), but I winder if I'm missing any single-character shortcut. If not, I'd be happy to know what's the right way to map such a key binding please.

How do I navigate to the next occurrence of the current character with s single keystroke?


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It's tricky and working only for predefined pair of characters, but you can leverage matchit plugin, found on SO:

:let b:match_words='`\<:\>`'

Then you can alternate with %, though it may have caveats (see :help b:match_words).

  • Thanks, but I'm looking for a more general solution. I assume we can keybind it somewhow.
    – Adam Matan
    Commented Aug 20, 2017 at 13:22
  • I guess you will need at least 2 key strokes to trigger the mapping and specify a character. There is probably a plugin for your use case, (not) like those which jump to a location specified by 2 characters: vim-seek and vim-sneak.
    – LEI
    Commented Aug 20, 2017 at 22:23
  • It could easily be mapped to a single keystroke. See the two similar questions I linked to in the comment to the question.
    – Herb
    Commented Aug 21, 2017 at 0:52
  • Nice catch, I didn't think of yl:normal f<C-R>"<CR> which effectively copies the character under the cursor and pastes it after f.
    – LEI
    Commented Aug 21, 2017 at 5:57

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