I have a mapping to "Stamp" text over the current word that cursor is on: nnoremap S "_diwP. When I do S and then try to repeat it with dot . only the last command will be repeated: P.

Is it possible in vim to alter the mapping (somehow grouping the commands?) so that . will repeat all of it? In other words, is it possible to repeat a compound command like "_diwP with . in vim?

Close to being answers:

  • I know that in this particular case the command could be rewritten with c instead of d+p.
  • Also the command could be recorded as a macro and repeated with @ but that is not as convenient as using .

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If you have tpope's vim-repeat, you can do something like the following:

nnoremap S :call Stamp()<CR>

function Stamp() abort
  normal! "_diwP
  silent! call repeat#set("S", -1)

You can do it without the function, but this is a bit clearer in my opinion.

  • I recommend adding a <silent> to the nnoremap so the :call doesn't flash the command-line...
    – filbranden
    May 22, 2020 at 14:51
  • 1
    You know, it's funny, I actually removed <silent> from most of my personal mappings recently; I found that I didn't really care about seeing the "flash," and it occasionally reminded me what was really going on. That said, your map, your modifiers :) @filbranden
    – D. Ben Knoble
    May 22, 2020 at 14:56

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