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Flashback 2004: Too much about perl and regexp

Continuing the flashback series. Here's 2004.

Still in school. Hacking on countless projects in perl.

While writing a command-line interpreter, I wanted you to be able to type 'st' or 'sta' instead of 'status' and have the code find a best match for your command. This is often called 'ambiguous commands' or somesuch. I came up with a clever way to do this using regular expressions (May 2004).

I also posted about using regular expression to match quoted and nonquoted strings (June 2004).

Finally, I experiment with using regular expressions to find word boundaries near the cursor for my command line interpreter (Oct 2004).

Are you drowning in perl and regular expressions, yet? ;)

Flashback 2003: vim + screen trick

Matt Simmons suggested that this week be a flashback week. That's easy enough to do, so I'm doing one per year starting in 2003.

A common feature request of vim is to be able to split window and have a shell be there. Well, as it turns out, that's easy to do if you run vim inside screen (gvim not applicable here).

The original post details a simple vim keybinding that will split the screen and attach a shell and close the split when the shell exits.

August 2003: Neat vim/screen trick

However, I've got a better version now. You'll want this script, "":


screen -X split
screen -X focus down
screen -X screen sh -c "cd $PWD; $SHELL; screen -X remove"
Then in your .vimrc:
:map \s :silent !<CR>
The new version mostly puts the screen invocations into a shell script. Another improvement is to change to $PWD so the new shell will be in the same working directory as vim started in.