Context is Ruby. Lets say I have a long line which has a block which I want to have simply in multiple lines:

let:(variable) { do.some.stuff(expressed_as_a_long_line { x }) }

I'd like split this into multiple lines like this

let:(variable) {
  do.some.stuff(expressed_as_a_long_line { x }) 

...and later maybe even:

let:(variable) {
    expressed_as_a_long_line { x }

Is there any simple inbuilt way or plugin for similar stuff?

1 Answer 1


The plugin splitjoin.vim is designed to do this and has support for ruby. https://github.com/AndrewRadev/splitjoin.vim

For a vanilla solution:

function! OpenCode()
    call searchpair('{\|(', '', ')\|}', 'bW')
    exe 'normal!' "%i\<c-m>\<esc>%a\<c-m>\<esc>\<c-o>m]"
    normal! '[=']
    let l:save_slash = @/
    let @/ = l:save_slash
nnoremap <c-b> :<c-u>call OpenCode()<cr>

Pressing Ctrl-B when inside a block will open it up.

  • splitjoin.vim is very cool, only that it forces multiline curly-braced blocks into do-end, which is something i would like to control. Maybe it can be configured? And vanilla solution is also very cool, only that it leaves extra space at the end of the line. I don't know the syntax enough to understand how to control that either. Thank you for your answer, I'm bit closer than before :) Oct 17, 2017 at 8:58
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    I think it would be better to spell out all the characters that need to be entered literally. I don't think "etc." will be specific enough for many (most?) readers, particularly with regards to the escape character.
    – Rich
    Oct 17, 2017 at 14:04
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    TaaviIlves, I don't use the plugin (or ruby) myself, but I think it is configurable and actively developed. Added code to remove trailing whitespace. A bit uglier but it should work. @Rich you're right- I moved to a copy-paste-able solution.
    – Mass
    Oct 17, 2017 at 15:39
  • That's not what I meant, but it's even better!
    – Rich
    Oct 17, 2017 at 15:40
  • Thank you Rich! I leave it currently open for any other solution, but will mark it a solution, when noone replies. Oct 17, 2017 at 16:49

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