Vlad the Impala Vlad the Impala - 5 months ago 11
Bash Question

What does "set keymap vi" do?

I wanted vim-like navigation for my terminal, so I added:

set editing-mode vi
set keymap vi

To my
file based on this.
editing-mode vi
adds vi navigation. What does
keymap vi
do, and why do I need it?


From man readline (my emphasis):

The set of legal keymap names is emacs, emacs-standard, emacs-meta, emacs-ctlx, vi, vi-move, vi-command, and vi-insert. vi is equivalent to vi-command

Thus, in your inputrc you can specify different keybinds for the different modes, so, for example, in command mode you could yank the last argument from the previous command with Altp, but this keybind would have no effect in insert mode (in this simple setup anyway):

set editing-mode vi

set keymap vi-command
# these are for vi-command mode
"\e[A": history-search-backward
"\e[B": history-search-forward
"\ep": yank-last-arg

set keymap vi-insert
# these are for vi-insert mode
"\e[A": history-search-backward
"\e[B": history-search-forward
Control-l: clear-screen