I would like to make simple utility that opens tag under cursor in popup window introduced in recent vim version. Assuming I get word under cursor with command let l:word = expand("<cword>"), how would I find if tag with that name exists, in which file and on which line number? I know you can use taglist function, but I don't see line number there.

Thanks, Vjekoslav

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taglist() is not bound to know the line number at all. Rather it's a command to locate the tag stored in cmd field.

As a special case, cmd could also contain line number, as number is a valid Ex command too. But that depends on how the tag list was generated.

  • Is there a generic way to extract line number from cmd?
    – Vjekoslav
    Nov 25, 2020 at 8:42
  • @Vjekoslav What do you mean by a "generic way"? It could be a number or not number at all.
    – Matt
    Nov 25, 2020 at 9:12
  • But what happens when cmd its not a number? Vim has to evaluate it and then make a jump to a location (file + line). I'm interested in how to obtain that information. I quess I could always let the vim handle that part, jump to location, record it, then go back and do my thing. But that seems extra work...
    – Vjekoslav
    Nov 25, 2020 at 9:25
  • @Vjekoslav From :h taglist() "The ex-command "cmd" can be either an ex search pattern, a line number or a line number followed by a byte number." Is it a problem to do runtime-checking?
    – Matt
    Nov 25, 2020 at 9:48
  • Its not a problem. I just checked ccomplete.vim and it contains some examples of parsing cmd. But its a lot more code than I expected :(. I might end up using method I mentioned above. Let the vim do the jump, record, jump back. Use recorded info.
    – Vjekoslav
    Nov 25, 2020 at 10:24

Could use ex command to extract the line number:

system(printf("ex -u NONE %s <<< 'set nomagic | %s=' ", file, cmd))
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    There's a lot in that one-liner. I would appreciate it very much if you could explain what's going on and how it solves the question. Thanks in advance.
    – Friedrich
    Nov 2, 2023 at 8:52

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