I have :SyntasticCheck mapped to F8 in my .vimrc.

map <F8> :SyntasticCheck<CR>

This open the Syntastic window on a split.

I would like to close it with the same mapping. Closing is done with :SyntasticReset, but it only works if the Synastic window is open.

How can I create a mapping that only open Synastic windows if it's not visible and close it if it exists ?

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You could use something like this:

function! ToggleSyntastic()
    for i in range(1, winnr('$'))
        let bnum = winbufnr(i)
        if getbufvar(bnum, '&buftype') == 'quickfix'

nnoremap <F8> :call ToggleSyntastic()<CR>

As Syntastic populates the location list, the function iterates through the different open windows. If it finds the quickfix window which contains the location list, then it closes it. If no quickfix window was found, then it runs SyntasticCheck

Then you can simply call F8 to call the function.

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    Works flawlessly !
    – stdcall
    Jul 30, 2018 at 14:26
  • One liner if that is your bag: nnoremap <expr> <f8> len(filter(range(1, winnr('$')), 'getbufvar(winbufnr(v:val), "&buftype") == "quickfix"')) ? ":\<c-u>lclose\<cr>" : ":\<c-u>SyntasticCheck\<cr>" Jul 30, 2018 at 15:31
  • @PeterRincker Personally I'd rather put the function in the autoload directory and have a readable code but one-liners can be nice too. Is there a significant performance gain when using filter rather than a full loop?
    – statox
    Jul 30, 2018 at 15:46
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    From what I understand, simple filter() & map() calls typically beat loops in Vimscript. However, I have not personally done any benchmarking. That being said, I think you are right maintainability is more important. That comes down to deciding if a more functional approach with filter() is more readable than a few lines in a loop. I know when I see filter()/map() that a loop is occurring under the covers, but I feel like this is very much a personal preference and whatever the project maintainer feels is the most appropriate. Performance-wise: the number of windows should be small Jul 30, 2018 at 16:11

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