Re: [code] [textadept] Macros/add-ons for quick C/C++ function traversal?

From: Mitchell <>
Date: Thu, 11 Oct 2018 08:56:03 -0400 (EDT)

And I forgot that the wiki[1] is at:


Sorry about that.


On Thu, 11 Oct 2018, Mitchell wrote:

> Hi Ardi,
> On Thu, 11 Oct 2018, ardi wrote:
>> Hi,
>> I've been a long time NEdit user, and one of the features I used the
>> most was to jump to the beginning of either the next or the previous
>> C/C++ function in the current buffer (I used to assign the F4 key for
>> jumping to the next function, and the F3 key for the previous one...
>> as well as the F2 key for jumping to the function whose name is the
>> current selection). Note that I'm not talking about ctags files, NEdit
>> was able to locate the beginning of a function just from regular
>> expressions rules, without the need of ctags files.
>> I tend to believe that this functionality will already exist in
>> Textadept, or that otherwise other users will have written the proper
>> macros/commands for getting that functionality. Does it already exist?
>> Where?
> I would imagine the wiki[1] would be the place to look if it exists, but I
> don't see anything of the sort after a brief look. It shouldn't be too
> difficult to write something that would do what you need since Textadept has
> good Regexp support now. Take a look in Textadept's
> *modules/textadept/find.lua* for the `find` function (around line 114). The
> gist what you'd want to do is:
> buffer:search_anchor()
> local pos = buffer:search_next(buffer.FIND_REGEXP, regex)
> if pos ~= -1 then
> buffer:goto_pos(pos)
> else
> -- try another regex
> end
> where `regex` is your regex to match a function block. I'm pretty sure
> multi-line regex searches do not work, but you'd have to double-check. You
> can also use a loop to iterate over a table of regexes to try. Documentation
> for those functions is at
> When you've written a function, you can bind it to the F3 or F4 key like so:
> keys.f3 = function() ... end
> keys.f4 = function() ... end
> (You can replace `function() ... end` with a named function too, of course.)
> Cheers,
> Mitchell


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