I am using the word split style shell (select-word-style shell). I like it in general but would like to split at forward slashes also, so that when I go forward/backward a word, if the word doesn't contain any /s, it completely skips over the word but if it does contain one or more slashes, it stops at the first slash.

Any ideas?

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man zshall /forward-word /backward-word

WORDCHARS='*?_-.[]~=&;!#$%^(){}<>'  ;# without /
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    +1 I wonder why this is not the default. Paths are probably the single most used entity in a command line. Sep 19, 2012 at 10:51
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    A more succinct version is WORDCHARS=${WORDCHARS//[\/]}. Sep 19, 2012 at 14:24
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    even shorter WORDCHARS=${WORDCHARS/\/} Sep 19, 2012 at 14:44
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    or WORDCHARS=$WORDCHARS:s:/: Nov 17, 2012 at 21:39
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    This works in the default configuration, but the question assumes select-word-style shell, and that ignores $WORDCHARS. Aug 20, 2021 at 21:28

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