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Tags

Tags

Setup

Tell Vim to look for tags files:

  • in the directory of the current file,
  • in the working directory,
  • and in every parent directory, recursively,

with:

set tags=./tags;,tags;

See what tags files are found:

:echo tagfiles()

Tell Vim to look for a specific tags file (standard library, reference implementation, etc.) in addition to the standard ones define above:

set tags+=/path/to/somewhere/tags

better:

" after/ftplugin/foo.vim
setlocal tags+=/path/to/somewhere/tags

Usage

Jump to the tag under the cursor if there's only one, or list possible targets:

g<C-]>

Preview the tag under the cursor if there's only one, or list possible targets:

<C-w>g<C-}>

Jump to the given tag if there's only one, or list possible targets:

:tj[ump] foo

Preview the given tag if there's only one, or list possible targets:

:ptj[ump] bar

Force regex search if you don't want to type the whole name or don't know the exact capitalization:

:tj /foo

Climb up the "tag stack":

<C-t>

And that's about it. See :help tags for more information and write your own mappings if you don't like the default bindings.

Management

Use a super basic timer:

$ while sleep 3; do ctags -R .; done

Or a nicer one:

$ watch -n 3 ctags -R .

Use a file watcher:

$ ag -l | entr ctags -R .
$ ag -l --js path/to/dir | entr ctags -R .
$ ls dist/js/bundle.*.js | entr ctags -R .

Use a file watcher in a loop:

$ ctagsd

Use Git hooks.


Use Vim, manually

:!ctags -R .

Use Vim, automatically:

augroup ctags
    autocmd!
    autocmd BufWritePost <pattern> call if executable('ctags') | system('killall ctags && ctags -R . &') | endif
augroup END

Yes, it runs ctags in the background. Yes it's non-blocking. No, it doesn't use the new "async" features. Yes, this has been possible for a very long time. No, one didn't need to be a Vim wizard to come up with that. No, I don't think that's a good idea but it can obviously be done with minimum effort so, there.

Large projects

WIP


My Vim-related gists.

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romainl commented May 7, 2020

@kutsan, a combination of the watcher method, with entr, and the manual method. The watcher method for project code, the manual method for library code (node_modules in my case).

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