Is there a way to disable a plugin (or a set of keymaps) on a specific filetype? vim-surround causes a delay in netrw when pressing d to create a new directory.

I'm thinking that this might be possible with an auto command that looks something like this:

autocmd Filetype netrw ...something...

There is an open issue here.

  • you can just delete the mapping (or comment it out)
    – elyashiv
    Commented Mar 28, 2015 at 18:42
  • I need the mapping in every other buffer, so commenting it out completely isn't really an option.
    – user489
    Commented Mar 28, 2015 at 18:44

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The surround plugin defines global mappings. Unfortunately, you can only override those with buffer-local ones, but not :unmap them only in the buffer. Temporarily disabling and re-defining the global surround mappings would be possible, but is cumbersome.

I think the best solution would be patching the netrw plugin to add the <nowait> argument to the d mapping (and all other buffer-local plugin mappings). This would fix the timeout issue, and you probably don't need to invoke the other (surround et al.) mappings on a netrw buffer, anyway. Unfortunately, netrw's d mapping invokes a script-local function (:call <SID>NetrwMakeDir("")), so it's difficult to redefine the mapping with an :autocmd FileType netrw; you'd need the <SID> of netrw. So please suggest that enhancement to netrw's author, Chip Campbell; you'll find his address in the script header.

  • Thank you for the answer, this makes sense. I've already sent an email to the author, hopefully this can be implemented soon.
    – user489
    Commented Mar 28, 2015 at 20:10

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