Search for selected text

Frank Fischer frank-fischer at
Tue Oct 14 16:38:21 CEST 2014

Am 14.10.2014 um 15:30 schrieb David Nebauer:
> There are a couple of handy shortcuts in vim that allow you to highlight 
> text and then hit '/' or '?' to search forwards or backwards for the 
> next occurrence of the selected text. The mappings are:
> vnoremap / y/<C-R>"<CR>
> vnoremap ? y?<C-R>"<CR>
> Is there any way to replicate this functionality in evil?

Actually it is almost possible out of the box. First, you need to use
Evil's own search module (M-x customize-variable RET evil-search-module
RET). Then add the following binding:

  (define-key evil-ex-search-keymap "\C-r" 'evil-paste-from-register)

The list of useful bindings in search mode is currently quite sparse and
this one is missing but should just work. Then you can do something
quite similar to Vim:

  (define-key evil-visual-state-map "/" "y/\C-r\"\C-m")

Note that Evil (and Emacs) do not support non-recursive remappings. But
in this case it's no problem because {lhs} goes to visual state and the
call `/` in {rhs} is executed in normal state.

Best regards,

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