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2017-02-02

how-to search recursively effectively with vim

Open the command line window by:
 
Esc - to enssure you are in Normal mode
 
type q , type :
 
the command line should open ( it like a tmp file to write the command you can navigate as you would navigate normally in any vim file ...  
 
type i to enter insert mode
 
 this example will search for the to_srch string recursively bellow the current dir for all file types of type '*.js' and '*.java' but omit all file paths containing the string node_modules
 
    :g/console.log/ | :vimgrep /console.log/ `find . -type f -name '*.js' -o -name '*.java' -not -path '*node_modules/*'`
   
 
Now wheen you :copen you could navigate with the arrow keys through the sarch results ... 
 
you could also set those in .vimrc
    
        " how-to search recursively under the current dir for the files of type js and java but omit the
        " node_modules file paths
        ":g/console.log/ | :vimgrep /console.log/ `find . -type f -name '*.js' -o -name '*.java' -not -path '*node_modules/*'`
        " reminder open the quick fix window by :copen 20
        " reminder close the quick fix window by :ccl
  
you could omit the first :q/to_srch/ I use it to highlight the search results automatically since I have "set hlsearch" in my ~/.vimrc
 
 Any hint how-to enable automatically the srch results from the vimgrep or in vimrc will be highly appreciated ... 
 

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