Using a text editor inside a terminal really sucks. It’s really lame that it’s 2012, and we’re still doing it this way.
So I resolved to try to run MacVim locally to do my work. It has a netrw module that lets you do certain things like open a sftp:// url directly, and browse remote trees. Great. But what about ctags?
Turns out ctags file format is pretty simple.
tag<tab>filename<tab>bunch of other stuff...
It also turns out that if in the filename field, you have a “sftp://…” style string, vim doesn’t freak out! Sweet!
So my hack for the night was to write a script that:
- logs in remotely and kicks of a ctags run
- copies that tags file locally
- munges that file to replace relative paths in the remote fs with sftp://… prefixed paths that a local vim could use to access remote files
- write some .vimrc to load that tags file
And it works! I can use
:tj to search for tags, and vim will automatically open up the right file over sftp and show me the tag.
The only thing I can’t seem to work out is how to disable the extra “press Enter to continue” prompt that happens every time vim needs to open a new remote file. If I can get rid of that, this is almost a perfect solution.
Actually, one other problem is that vim doesn’t seem to be able to tab-complete sftp://… urls, which seems a little silly, since it has a pretty sophisticated directory browser built in.
For those who are curious, here’s my lame script to munge the tags file:
sftp_prefix = 'sftp://dev/www/' infile = file('/Users/kdeeter/workstate/tags.raw', 'r') outfile = file('/Users/kdeeter/workstate/tags', 'w') lines = infile.readlines() cnt = 0 for line in lines: tag, fname, rest = line.split('t', 2) if not tag[0:5] == '!_TAG': outfile.write(tag + 't' + sftp_prefix + fname + 't' + rest) else: outfile.write(line) cnt += 1 if cnt % 1000 == 0: print '%s tags mungedr' % (cnt * 1000), outfile.close() infile.close()