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I want to delete a word by Ctrl+W in zsh like.

vim /foo/bar^W
vim /foo/

And found a solution for bash, but bind is not in zsh function.

Is it possible to configure ctrl-w (delete word)?

How can I configure Ctrl+W as a delete-word?

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Here's a snippet from .zshrc i've been using:

my-backward-delete-word() {
    local WORDCHARS=${WORDCHARS/\//}
    zle backward-delete-word
}
zle -N my-backward-delete-word
bindkey '^W' my-backward-delete-word

I recall this was the original source: http://www.zsh.org/mla/users/2001/msg00870.html

  • Thanks! I put this code in ~/.zshrc and it works perfectly! – ironsand Dec 21 '15 at 13:03
  • The default emacs key binding table in ZLE binds ^W to backward-kill-word rather than to backward-delete-word, note. – JdeBP Dec 21 '15 at 13:59
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Just for your information, I found this solution here to be far more elegant. I quote:

Another option is to set WORDCHARS (non-alphanumeric chars treated as part of a word) to something that doesn't include /.

You can also tweak this if you'd prefer ^w to break on dot, underscore, etc. In ~/.zshrc I have:

WORDCHARS='*?_-.[]~=&;!#$%^(){}<>'
  • This makes M-d less useful. – Toothrot Dec 27 '18 at 23:34
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    This somehow doesn't work anymore with zsh 5.7 (x86_64-apple-darwin18.2.0). – Patryk Feb 1 at 13:29

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