I'm on Arch Linux (4.13.11) and in my .bashrc, there's a custom function that finds a file using fzf and then opens that file with the default editor:

# Search a file with fzf inside a Tmux pane and then open the file in an editor
fzf_then_open_in_editor() {
  local file=$(fzf-tmux)
  # Open the file if it exists
  if [ -n "$file" ]; then
    # Use the default editor if it's defined, otherwise Vim
    ${EDITOR:-vim} "$file"

I've configured my .inputrc, to use Vim-like keybindings for the shell:

set editing-mode vi

Preferably, I could press Ctrl + o when in command mode to call my function fzf_then_open_in_editor.

I tried

set keymap vi-command
"\C-o": fzf_then_open_in_editor

but that didn't work.

In .inputrc, how can I create keybindings for functions defined in .bashrc?


I got what I wanted by adding this to .inputrc:

set keymap vi-command
# Go to insert mode with i, write the function's name, then hit enter
"\C-o": "ifzf_then_open_in_editor\015"

Where \015 is the keycode for Enter.

This works, but I'm curious if there are more elegant solutions.

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The form key: function only accepts readline built-in functions. As you found out, to enter text you need what it called a macro which has to be in quotes: key: "my macro\r". I don't see why you need to start with an insert command, as usually you are already in insert mode at the command prompt.

If you want to call a function, use a shell command binding with option -x. I don't know of any way to put this binding in a ~/.inputrc, but you can put the following command in your .bashrc:

bind -x '"\C-o": fzf_then_open_in_editor'
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