I there a way to remap / that trigger builtin search function of vim to another search fuzzy function and how to achieve that?

  • You should be able to use fzf.vim to get a fuzzy search in your buffer content (at least that's what the commands Lines and BLines seems to do). But I don't think you can override / to get the same interface as the built-in search, at best you could remap / to start the fzf command. Note that you might also be interested by :h :grep depeding on what you actually want to do.
    – statox
    Nov 9, 2018 at 10:45
  • @statox: I tried map / :<fuzzy>, doesn't work. Did I miss something? Nov 9, 2018 at 10:56
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    Vim does not contain a <fuzzy> function, you would have to implement a fuzzy search yourself Nov 9, 2018 at 10:57
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    @TuyenPham Yeah you probably missed something. I don't use but I don't think fzf provides a :<fuzzy> command. You should read the doc, install fzf, install fzf.vim, try to make a fuzzy search in the command line and once everything works you can try to create your mapping.
    – statox
    Nov 9, 2018 at 10:58
  • Thanks guys, nnoremap / :FuzzySearch<CR> work as expected. :) Nov 9, 2018 at 11:11

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I use plugin that expose FuzzySearch to call its function, we overwrite builtin search function of vim that triggered by press / by this remap: nnoremap / :FuzzySearch<CR>.

nnoremap: Only apply in normal mode, no remap allowed.

<CR>: Because this function need to be called before accept the next argument that is a search string, so we don't have to explicitly press enter.

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