Is it possible to suppress the output of a register? For example, I am using getchar() to 'consume' a character, but I don't need it to return anything. I suppose I could add in a hackish ternary operator to do this, such as:


But I was wondering if there was a cleaner or better way to do this?

  • "cleaner" is subjective, but getchar()[-1] is shorter.
    – user938271
    Jun 27 '20 at 19:59
  • @user938271 thanks. Do you want to post an answer and show how that would work? Does the -1 work differently than for example it does in python?
    – David542
    Jun 27 '20 at 20:00

"cleaner" is subjective, but getchar()[-1] is shorter.

From :h expr-[]:

A negative index always results in an empty string (reason: backward compatibility).

  • interesting...thanks for the explanation.
    – David542
    Jun 27 '20 at 20:07

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