I am trying to emulate the behaviour of ultisnips with zsh, mainly the feature of having multiple place holders. For example, I use taskwarrior a lot but always with the same structure:

taskwarrior add p:PROJECT due:DATE TASKDescription

To speed ups things I wanted to have a snippet that with a key (e.g., "tadd") expands to:

taskwarrior add p: due: 

with the placeholder after "p:" and when I press a key (e.g., ctrl+j) jumps to the next placeholder, i.e., after "due:". In Ultisnips I can do:

snippet tadd "Taskwarrio" b
taskwarrior add p:$1 due:$2 $3

Any idea of how to it in ZSH?

  • do you need the slots and jumping about or would a function tadd { taskwarrior add p:$1 due:$2 $3 } suffice? – thrig Nov 15 '18 at 23:38

I'm under the impression you want a function like in any Bourne-like shell:

defined like:

tadd() taskwarrior add p:$1 due:$2 $3

To be invoked as:

tadd PROJECT DATE TASKDescription
  • well, that for sure would work but it is not what I wanted. I wanted to actually expand the command and edit it as I find appropriated. Moreover, snippets are much more flexible than functions but if we do not have the multiple placeholders in ZSH it is not so useful... – user2801023 Nov 16 '18 at 8:12
  • @user2801023, you can use t: in vi mode to jump to the next : (or Ctrl+S : in emacs mode) assuming that's what you mean by placeholder. – Stéphane Chazelas Nov 16 '18 at 8:24

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