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I'm writing javascript code using vim and I really like to have outline view for the current javascript file I'm editing. I find tagbar is the popular plugin for this purpose. And on its wiki, for javascript to work, it recommends jsctags depends on Tern.

Now

  1. I have installed vim plugins: tagbar and tern_for_vim.
  2. I've installed exuberant ctags and put its bin into path
  3. I have installed jsctags

I open a js file in vim, and open the tagbar outline view, but there's no tags showing.

So I try running jsctags against a js file in command line directly, still, nothing is outputted.

has anyone successfully make this combination work? Can someone share some thoughts?

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    So what's your question exactly? You followed some instructions somewhere (where? what exactly did you do?) and something doesn't work (what?) as you're expecting (what did you expect?) – Martin Tournoij Mar 15 '15 at 6:08
  • Part of the process Aaron didn't mention is actually generating the tags file. That might be possible by running something on the shell: jsctags *.js **/*.js – joeytwiddle Mar 17 '15 at 0:18
  • Your question is better after your edit ;-) But I think this question would probably get better answers if you would include a (small) vimrc file and (small) JS file that clearly demonstrate the problem. This would reduce the effort required by the potential answerer to get started in investigating your problem ;-) – Martin Tournoij Mar 31 '15 at 9:33
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    @joeytwiddle The Tagbar plugin uses the external tools to create its own tags file. You shouldn't need to do it manually on the command line. – Rich Mar 31 '15 at 14:21
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    I've rolled back your Rev 4 → 3. Please post the resolution as a self-answer instead. – 200_success Apr 8 '15 at 13:48
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:g/func/#

gives you an actionable outline of the current JavaScript buffer without installing any third party plugin or requiring any external program.

Use func\|var to include variable declarations.

  • What do you mean "actionable"? Or more specifically, what actions can I take, and how? – joeytwiddle Mar 16 '15 at 23:05
  • I suppose typing :[line_number] is the obvious action. I can also yank the last line with /y or delete all of them with /d. (I just stumbled across the holy grail.) Is there any way to yank all the lines? – joeytwiddle Mar 17 '15 at 0:30
  • @joeytwiddle, yes, :23<CR> is the obvious one. You can use :g//y A to yank all the lines in the output to register a. – romainl Mar 17 '15 at 6:44
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I've developed a set of CTAGS regex rules for JavaScript and CoffeeScript. My rules include unit tests so I think they are more reliable than most.

Here's my git repo which should be most up to date: https://github.com/winstonwolff/ctags-javascript-coffeescript

And here are the rules I use as of writing this post:

--languages=-JavaScript
--langdef=js
--langmap=js:.js
--regex-js=/^var[ \t]+([a-zA-Z0-9._$]+) = \[/\1/a,array/
--regex-js=/^var[ \t]+([a-zA-Z0-9._$]+) = \{/\1/o,object/
--regex-js=/^var[ \t]+([a-zA-Z0-9._$]+)[ \t]*=[^{\[]*$/\1/r,var/

--regex-js=/^var[ \t]+([A-Za-z0-9._$]+)[ \t]*=[ \t]*[A-Za-z0-9_$]+.extend/\1/f,function/
--regex-js=/^[ \t]*([A-Za-z0-9_$]*\.)*([A-Za-z0-9_$]+)[ \t]*[:=][ \t]*function/\2/f,function/
--regex-js=/^[ \t]*function[ \t]*([A-Za-z0-9_$]+)[ \t]*\(/\1/f,function/
--regex-js=/^[ \t]*var[ \t]+([A-Za-z0-9_$]*\.)*([A-Za-z0-9_$]+)[ \t]*=[ \t]function/\2/f,function/

--regex-js=/(jQuery|\$)\([ \t]*([^ \t]*)[ \t]*\)\.bind\([ \t]*['"](.*)['"]/\2.\3/f,function/

--regex-js=/^[ \t]*describe[ \t]*\([ \t]*["'](.*)["']/\1/f,function/
--regex-js=/^([ \t]*)(describe|context|it)[ \t]*\([ \t]*["'](.*)["']/.\1\3/f,function/

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