I made it so that any time I save an html file, chrome will reload. I took the original idea from Joe Ferris and then just ran with it.
The first step is to be able to reload chrome from the command line, and you can get whichever script you want that achieves this goal.
I wrote one in bash and apple script.
Calling it from Vim
The next step is being able to call it from inside of vim, which can be done by writing a Vim Script function.
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The call to
redraw is not needed if you use gvim, but in terminal vim your
screen will be all messed up unless you do it.
As a bonus you can also define a mapping to call this function easier.
This is as far as Joe went, but I wanted to take it further.
Vim has an awesome feature called are ftplugins or file type plugins, which are
nothing but config files that are only loaded once you enter a buffer with a
file of a specific type (type
:h ftplugins in vim for more info).
I created one for html files, simply by creating a
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This is just checking if the plugin is already loaded, and if it is not it
defines a command mode abbreviation. In this case I’m redefining
getcmdtype()==':' && getcmdpos()==1 bit makes sure we don’t
w that we type in a command, just if it the first letter.
A very important part of this code is the
<buffer>, which ensures the
abbreviation is only valid for the current buffer.
Now, every time we save an html file, the current tab on chrome will reload.
The extra mile
Since I spend a lot of time developing Rails apps, I thought I could go a step further and do something more clever than reloading the focused chrome tab.
For that I wrote a script that reloads a specific URL if there is an open tab with it, or opens a new tab.
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Notice that I’m using a regex with the first variable of the script, so that it works for all paths of a domain, and it can be called from vim like this:
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And given that I use Slim as an html preprocessor, I can create an
ftplugin for this.
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And that’s it, everytime I save a view file, chrome reloads. All of this using (mostly) vim. Neat.
For some reason my vim version was running html ftplugins for markdown files.
You can check this by running
:scriptnames which gives you a list of all the
files that were loaded, and if there is something like
you have the same problem I had.
Look for a
vim/7.4.253/share/vim/vim74/ftplugin/markdown.vim (or similar),
open it and remove this line