I very often want to do the following or similar:
- indent all lines from previous position to current position inclusive
- repeat, repeat, repeat (to further indent the same lines)
I feel I should be able to do that by saying:
(greater-than single-quote single-quote period period period).
But it doesn't work. The first
>'' successfully indents the desired lines,
but then "previous position" is lost, and each
. only indents the current line
(which is always the first of the desired lines, for some reason,
no matter whether I started at the beginning or end of the desired lines).
So, instead, my recipe for indent-and-repeat is:
'' if necessary to get to first line to be indented ma to mark it "a" '' to get to last line to be indented mb to mark it "b" >'a to indent from mark "a" to current position (mark "b") >'b to do it again (since the >'a moved me to mark "a" for some reason) >'b to do it again (since the >'b did *not* move me to mark "b" for some reason) >'b to do it again
In other words, to indent the lines 4 times and retain ability to jump to previous position, I say:
Instead of simply the following which doesn't work:
That is WAY more time and effort and mental burden than I would like.
An alternative workaround, still awful, and loses "previous position":
>'' look for something like "63 lines >ed 1 time", and type that number: 63>>
Is there a way to make
>''... work as I would like it to?
Perhaps by some clever rebinding of the
>'' must indent the lines without changing the current or previous
cursor position (regardless of whether
'' refers to earlier or later in the file).
. must do the same, as must subsequent