Re: [code] [textadept] Arbitrary shell command

From: Robert <>
Date: Mon, 25 Jun 2012 22:17:18 +0200

On Mon, Jun 25, 2012 at 9:42 PM, Bill Meahan <> wrote:
> How so I run an arbitrary shell command and display the results in a new
> view?
> What I want to do is run "dict" while passing it values for "word"
> "dictionary" and "strategy" and display the resulting definition(s) and
> thesaurus entries (if any) in a new view, preferable resulting from
> splitting the current window. This rather emulates the behavior of "dict-em"
> in Emacs.
> This is neither a "compile" or "run" (of the "just-compiled file") nor is it
> a "filter through" action.
>'dict word')
pasted in the command entry should get you started I think.
You might wrap this in a function with more options (grab word
under cursor) and assign this to a key short cut.
highlight_word in editing.lua has example code for getting the word under the

> I imagine it's something obvious but I'm new to both Lua and Textadept and
> the docs aren't quite clear.

Hope this helped a bit,

> Thanks!
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> Bill Meahan, Westland, Michigan USA
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