Well I know it doesn't work because of the <Esc>, but is there any way to do it so that .(vim single redo) repeats the whole mapping and not only the part after the first <Esc> (without macros)?

I also tried replacing the <Esc> with ^o (CTRL_o) but it didn't work either. Any ideas?

I have this inside my init.vim:

nnoremap <leader>list 0i- `<Esc>$a`<Esc>


  • Jumps to start of the line
  • Insert - `
  • Jump to end of the line
  • Insert another `

Thanks for your help :)

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That is not so simple, because pressing <Esc> typically ends an undo change.

There is :h i_CTRL-G_U, but this only works with the cursor keys, it doesn't help with using e.g. the <end> key.

However, if you change your mapping to perform the following:

Jump to the start of the line, change the rest of the line, insert your list characters - `, get the rest of the line and add the back-quote character again `, it should be repeatable. Something like this:

nnoremap <leader>list 0C-`<C-R>-`

This should be completely repeatable, with the exception of the move cursor to the beginning of the line, because cursor movements are not repeatable using . command.

  • I gave you an upvote for the smart idea, but this isn't working at all^^ 1. as you said the 0 movement won't be used again, which is really important and 2. The Small Delete Register (-) will be used over and over again, so you wll end up with the same line everywhere. Still interesting approach :)
    – Bog
    Jun 20, 2023 at 8:28
  • 1) as said, 0 is not repeatable as . command and there is no way to make it configurable. 2). small delete register is repeatable starting from a later vim 9.x patch, so you may need to upgrade here (needs patch 8.2.2189) Jun 20, 2023 at 8:33
  • 1. As I said, you said it already xD I was just repeating it^^ 2. Currently using neovim 0.6.1, the latest version... So I guess it is not possible with neovim^^
    – Bog
    Jun 20, 2023 at 8:37
  • neovim 0.6.1 is quite old, are you sure there is no newer version? Jun 20, 2023 at 8:39
  • oh wow yeah whoopsie sorry you are right. I was installing it with apt... neovim 0.6.1 is older than a year. Thanks for the hint :)
    – Bog
    Jun 20, 2023 at 8:45

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