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I have a plugin (c.vim) which includes a lot of maps (all with leader key). I changed my leader key to space, which I like, but the problem is that the maps also apply to insert mode. I would like to disable all imaps containing <Space>, so space in insert doesn't cause a delay (and sometimes a command).

I tried :iunmaping specific maps using what I saw in :imap, but that said E31: No such mapping.

I also tried using .vim/after/plugin/map.vim and autocmd VimEnter * imapclear, neither of which worked.

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    What is the c.vim plugin?
    – Maxim Kim
    Commented Jul 9, 2020 at 6:55

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If your insert mode mappings are filetype specific then .vim/after/plugin/map.vim and autocmd VimEnter * imapclear would not work as they are executed before fitetype creates them. Also imapclear deletes all insert mode mappings including default ones.

You can try to apply imapclear <buffer> on bufread/filetype event though:

using after/ftplugin

create .vim/after/ftplugin/c.vim:

imapclear <buffer>

using autocommands

put it into your vimrc:

augroup cvim_imapclear | au!
    au BufRead,BufNewFile *.c imapclear <buffer>
augroup end

PS, although I would challenge your c.vim plugin if it has other means of tuning it/turning those off.

PPS, what is the :imap output? Can you see those mappings?

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  • imap example i <Space>hm @<C-C>:call C_Help("m")<CR>.
    – Not me
    Commented Jul 9, 2020 at 19:12
  • There is smth wrong with this c.vim. It should provide non-intrusive buffer local insert mode mappings.
    – Maxim Kim
    Commented Jul 10, 2020 at 7:37
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You can try to analyze the result of split(execute('imap <buffer> <space>'), "\n")

From there, keep only the second field (IIRC). => ->map({k,v -> split(v)[1]}), and generate the clearing commands, => prefer ->map({k,v -> 'iunmap <buffer> '.split(v)[1]})

And finally ->execute().

TL;DR

:call execute('imap <buffer> <space>')
\ ->split("\n")
\ ->map({k,v -> 'iunmap <buffer> '.split(v)[1]})
\ ->execute()

I guess it should be done in ~/.vim/after/ftplugin/c/clear-imaps.vim

PS: I don't user (local/)leader in insert mode mappings in lh-cpp ^^'

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  • Could you loop over maparg results, unmapping them?
    – D. Ben Knoble
    Commented Jul 9, 2020 at 13:05
  • @D.BenKnoble, the problem is that maparg() returns only one result and it has to receive the exact key sequence. maparg('<space>', 'i') won't return anything in OP's case. mapcheck() will work on a partial match, but again, only a single result will be returned. They can't be exploited to answer OP's question. Commented Jul 9, 2020 at 13:16
  • Maybe i was looking at the wrong function, so it’s mapcheck that does partial matches. But if you do something like while mapcheck != empty | iunmap (pseudocode)? Surely that could give you all of them?
    – D. Ben Knoble
    Commented Jul 9, 2020 at 13:26
  • @D.BenKnoble. May be. But as I don't like loops (slow and painful to debug), I prefer the functional approach. ^^' Beside, as we cannot have ` while (m = mapcheck(...); !empty(m))` in Vimscript language, the loops will be clumsy with repeated lines. Commented Jul 9, 2020 at 14:09
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    @D.BenKnoble There are risks indeed: 1. I don't know whether newlines can appears in a mapping. I don't see how. 2. The output format of :map may change in the future. In an ideal world mapcheck() would have another parameter to return all matches. Commented Jul 9, 2020 at 14:36
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This should work to clear all Insert-mode mappings starting with space:

let l:map = mapcheck(' ', 'i')
while !empty(l:map)
  execute 'iunmap' l:map
  let l:map = mapcheck(' ', 'i')
endwhile

Unfortunately, there is no way to restrict mapcheck to buffer-local mappings only; however, the ugly loop does let us sidestep parsing command output, which may be brittle and break if the output ever changes or contains something unexpected.

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I ended up combining bits of solutions provided by Luc and Maxim, ending up with the following in my .vimrc:

" clear all mappings starting with space in insert mode
" based on https://vi.stackexchange.com/a/26385/40274
" and https://vi.stackexchange.com/a/26384/40274
function! ClearInsertLeaders() abort
        let s:mappings = execute('imap <space>')
        \ ->split('\n')
        \ ->map({k,v -> split(v)[1]})
        for mapping in s:mappings
                " needed in case of no mappings
                if mapping != 'mapping'
                        execute('iunmap '.mapping)
                endif
        endfor
endfunction
    
augroup clear_insert_leaders
        autocmd!
        autocmd BufRead,BufNewFile * call ClearInsertLeaders()
augroup END
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