Suppose I have a string like

takeThisAsAFunction(someParameter, someNestedFn(furtherNesting(foo, oneMoreNesting())), someText);
      ^                                                                              !  

Lets's say I have cursor at location ^, and I want to go to second last ), pointed by location !, how can I jump directly to that. Currently I do


Is there any better way?

  • 1
    if you knew the function name, /some<CR>%, but that's not necessarily "faster", just easier to think about (find the close paren of the function call starting with some vs. second-to-last close paren). I think you've expressed the latter as clearly as possible
    – D. Ben Knoble
    Jul 19, 2020 at 1:39
  • I mapped % to <c-g>, hence I'd do %h%l% but I'm not sure it's 'better'. Besides, $2F( does not jump to the character you mention in your example, which one is the one you want?
    – Biggybi
    Jul 19, 2020 at 8:47
  • Oopsie, It was a typo, I will edit it in the question. I wanted to write $2F), I hope you could understand the intent.
    – CodeTalker
    Jul 19, 2020 at 10:23
  • Well, this is still not exact. F) would put you on your marker, not 2F), that's why I wasn't sure what you meant. Sorry if I sound picky, I just want to make sure we're on the same page here.
    – Biggybi
    Jul 19, 2020 at 10:57
  • @D.BenKnoble <c-g> is % for me!
    – Biggybi
    Jul 19, 2020 at 17:18

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The "problem" with 2F( is the 2: you need to count, which is easy in some case, but can be troublesome most of the time.

I see several brainless ways of doing what you intend:

  • %: %h%l%h%l...

the percent sign jumps to the symbol that matches the one under the cursor (e.g. closing/opening parenthesis), or the first closing symbol after your cursor. Use l and h to go a level inner and get closer to your search

  • /: /function_name<cr>%

As pointed by DBK's comment, same idea as above, if you know the name of the function

  • f: f);;;...

jump to the next ), then use ; to repeat. , goes backwards.

  • /: /(,

Using a unique sequence in search is a fast way to jump anywhere in a file

  • B: $Bj

B jumps to the end of the previous WORD (i.e., sequence of characters delimited by white spaces), that fits your example perfectly.

  • W: WWWj

Same as above, but jumping forwards by WORD instead of backwards.

Final thoughts:

Always try to get as close as you can and avoid using h and l, but don't force yourself not to use them. h and l are perfectly OK when you're right next to the character you're aiming at.

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