This pattern is very useful to me to get the count of a pattern in a vim file:
How can I do a keymap so that I can simply invoke it +
pattern while I'm in vim?
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You can use a mapping like this:
nnoremap S :%s///gn<LEFT><LEFT><LEFT><LEFT>
<LEFT> is the left arrow key which allows you to move your cursor in command line mode. This way you can press
pattern and you are good to go.
You should also be able to ask the user to type the pattern with
<c-r>=input("What do you want to count?")<cr>.
But I don't find this approach very ergonomic, I avoid using
input() as much as possible.
Instead, I have another approach: I've defined a
Count command. In the end, I type
It could be defined with the one-liner:
command! -nargs=1 -range=% Count \ echo eval(join(map(getline(<line1>,<line2>), 'count(v:val, "<args>")'), '+'))
Or if you prefer to stick with
command! -nargs=1 -range=% Count keeppatterns <line1>,<line2>s/<args>//gn
(I prefer the solution with
:echo as it leaves the search register unchanged, and as such it doesn't change what's highlighted when
&hlsearch is set)