:cdo command lets you run an Ex command in each entry in the quickfix list.
This is useful for large-scale refactoring work.
One way to leverage this is to write a macro to perform the required update then
run it with
:cdo normal @q
Macros are powerful and many update operations can be done this way. However, sometimes the necessary update is too complex for a macro. This happens when there are several “categories” of update required and conditional logic is required to determine the appropriate operation.
For such circumstances you can write a custom Vim function and call that for each quickfix entry.
For example, I used this technique to factor out around 1,400
from a project today.
flake8 work, the quickfix list can be populated by
makeprg=flake8 and running
As there were several distinct categories of violation that required a separate
update operation to resolve, I created a
FixF841Error function that
inspected the line in question to determine the appropriate remedy. Something
function! FixF841Error() " Example the line of the error to determine what fix is required. let line = getline('.') if line =~ 'as e:' " Handle scenario of unused exception variable ... elseif line =~ '^\s\+\w\+ = factory' " Handle scenario of unused test factory variable ... else echom "Unable to fix" endif endfunction
source-ing the function I ran:
:cdo call FixF841Error()
to resolve the majority of the errors.
Would have taken all day without this.