I use a command and it prints a message. When I create a user command that runs the same underlying function, I don't see the message.


The command :Telescope git_status from the Telescope plugin shows information about git status. When there are no git changes, it will print the following message:

No changes found
[telescope.builtin.git_status]: No changes found
Press ENTER or type command to continue

I like this message and I want to see it.

Here is my custom user command:

local telescopeBuiltins = require('telescope.builtin')
        vim.api.nvim_feedkeys(vim.api.nvim_replace_termcodes('<ESC>', true, false, true), 'n', false)
        return telescopeBuiltins.git_status()
    {bang = true}

However, when I run :Gs, I just see nothing on the cmdline. For some reason, the user command is executing "silently" and not showing the error message.

  • 1
    Your function doesn’t run :Telescope git_status though; what happens if you do that instead?
    – D. Ben Knoble
    Commented Nov 18, 2023 at 15:42
  • @D.BenKnoble if I change it to vim.cmd(':Telescope git_status') instead of telescopeBuiltins.git_status(), I get the same result. I should mention that the functionality works fine when there are actual git changes, i.e. I'm successfully calling the correct underlying function.
    – nullromo
    Commented Nov 20, 2023 at 17:56

1 Answer 1


I'm assuming you assigned telescopeBuiltins to require("telescope.builtin"), in which case you should be able to do this:

    { bang = true }

If you want to pass arguments to your command, that then get passed to the git_status function, you can wrap it in an anonymous function:

    function(tbl) telescopeBuiltins.git_status(tbl.args) end,
    { bang = true, nargs = "?" }

Edit: I just wanted to clarify that, when defining a user command, a table of information is passed to the provided function by default (see :help nvim_create_user_command). If you don't want this table passed along to the API call, the call should be wrapped in an anonymous function.

  • Yes, telescopeBuiltins is equal to require('telescope.builtin'). I edited the question to amend that. Your suggestion worked; I changed function() telescopeBuiltins.git_status() end to telescopeBuiltins.git_status and it worked how I wanted it to. Any ideas why enclosing it in a function changed the behavior?
    – nullromo
    Commented Nov 20, 2023 at 17:59
  • Good question! Maybe it has something to do with the return? I'm not sure, to be honest.
    – heygarrett
    Commented Nov 21, 2023 at 19:00

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