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You can jump to previous quickfix lists in Vim
Vim remembers the previous ten quickfix lists; you can list them with:
:chistory error list 1 of 3; 70 errors :rg --vimgrep --smart-case search error list 2 of 3; 61 errors :rg --vimgrep --smart-case what > error list 3 of 3; 187 errors :rg --vimgrep --smart-case how
You can activate a particular list using its index (e.g.
:1chi to select the
1st error list) or by browsing with
There’s a rather glorious section in the
quickfix.txt help file on how to use
nested quickfix lists to browse source-code:
5.5 Browsing source code with :vimgrep or :grep Using the stack of error lists that Vim keeps, you can browse your files to look for functions and the functions they call. For example, suppose that you have to add an argument to the read_file() function. You enter this command: > :vimgrep /\<read_file\>/ *.c You use ":cn" to go along the list of matches and add the argument. At one place you have to get the new argument from a higher level function msg(), and need to change that one too. Thus you use: > :vimgrep /\<msg\>/ *.c While changing the msg() functions, you find another function that needs to get the argument from a higher level. You can again use ":vimgrep" to find these functions. Once you are finished with one function, you can use > :colder to go back to the previous one. This works like browsing a tree: ":vimgrep" goes one level deeper, creating a list of branches. ":colder" goes back to the previous level. You can mix this use of ":vimgrep" and "colder" to browse all the locations in a tree-like way. If you do this consistently, you will find all locations without the need to write down a "todo" list.