Is there a way to open just the quickfix list without jumping to the first result when using :lt? I am using :lt to populate the location list with tags that match with the following binding:

nmap <expr> <Leader>t ":lt /" . input("", "", "tags") . "<CR>:lop<CR><C-k><C-o><C-j>"

which works to some degree. Given that <C-k> and <C-j> are mappings for the associated window movement commands, this breaks down if the quickfix window is below some complex set of splits. :h tag-matchlist and :h quickfix don't seem to offer any helpful information. However, some options like :cgete seem like the functionality is there, as they specify "but don't jump to the first error", which isn't an option for :lt as it specifies"Jump to tag" as part of its behavior.

So, the new question is: how can I populate the location list with tags matching a pattern without jumping to the first match?

I am currently working on trying to get it to work with :taglist() and :lgete.

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    While commands like :make do jump to the first result (unless suppressed with !), I don't see that behavior for :copen, nor is it documented. Please check that you don't have some customization (:autocmd) that provides this behavior. Commented Nov 6, 2019 at 7:41
  • I don't have any au setup that would do this. Even with a completely empty .vimrc, doing :lt /<match> will always jump to the first result. I worded this incorrectly in that this is a behavior of :lt, not :cope/:lop.
    – ThoseKind
    Commented Nov 6, 2019 at 15:21

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The jump is caused by the :ltag command, not by :lopen. Unfortunately, though that command takes an optional [!], it's meaning is different than that to :make and friends, which can suppress the jump with !.

As :ltag is just a variant of :tag, the ! there is concerned with abandoning the current file, as :help tag-! explains.

I guess the right way to solve this issue is through skipping :ltag and using low-level functions like taglist() to obtain the tags and setloclist() to populate the location list.

  • Doing nmap <expr> <Leader>z ":call setloclist(0, taglist(\"" . input("", "", "tag") . "\"))<CR>:lop<CR>" works, so thanks for the tips on this. However, the location list only shows the files. Looking at :echo taglist("setup_"), it has a 'name 'field that I think would be useful to show. :h setqflist allows custom 'text', but I am having trouble setting it. I've tried using map(), but haven't had any luck. Do you have any suggestions for this?
    – ThoseKind
    Commented Nov 6, 2019 at 17:01
  • You don't need to use <expr> here; I would first move the implementation into a function, and then, yes, use map(), maybe with another inner function. Commented Nov 6, 2019 at 20:05
  • Without <expr>, I can't pause to wait for user input as far as I understand, right? I've gotten to the point where I'm doing nmap <expr> <Leader>t ":call setloclist(0, map(taglist(\"" . input("", "", "tags") . "\"), \"extend(v:val, {'text': v:val['name']})\"))<CR>:lop<CR>". This works if I get rid of the input() call, but when I put it back in it doesn't wait for input before continuing. I will try pulling it out into a function, unless you have further input (no pun intended).
    – ThoseKind
    Commented Nov 6, 2019 at 20:28

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