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Re: [Help-nano] Language-specific replacement for `formatter`

From: Anthony Sottile
Subject: Re: [Help-nano] Language-specific replacement for `formatter`
Date: Wed, 26 Sep 2018 12:37:49 -0700

On Wed, Sep 26, 2018 at 11:31 AM Benno Schulenberg <address@hidden> wrote:
> Hello Anthony,
> Op 25-09-18 om 22:23 schreef Anthony Sottile:
> > Hi! I've noticed that `formatter` has been removed in nano 3.x,
> > however I've previously found it pretty useful for running things like
> > `go fmt` (or sorting for gitignore for example).
> The formatter command was "made" for Go, so that you used it for that
> is no surprise.  But... how often do you need to re-sort a .gitignore
> file?  And if you really need to, how hard is it to type: ^R ^X |sort
> <Enter>?

Any time I'm changing a .gitignore I run this.  And really any time
I'm editing _any_ file I'll instinctively hit ^T to run the formatter
/ linter.  `^R^X|sort` is a *lot* to type over and over.
Additionally, if `^R^X` replaces `formatter` surely it also replaces
`linter` but that seems to remain?

> > Whether I had a formatter or linter I could run ^T and it would
> > usually do what I want.  With the removal of `formatter` from nanorc
> > is there a way to restore that behaviour?
> No.  Not now.
> > I work on a _ton_ of different file types (20+) so setting up a
> > shortcut for each formatter for each language is really not feasible.
> For how many of those syntaxes have you found a useful use of the
> formatter command?  (Judging from your Github stuff, you have nanorc
> files for just four syntaxes, and just one of them contains formatter.)

Ah yeah, those are just the ones I have posted publicly because they
work "universally" on all the machines I install those dotfiles on --
I have 10-15 other nanorc files that I don't have checked in there
(with most of them containing formatters / linters).

> > I'd be sad to see this feature removed permanently
> >
> > (maybe this is an email asking for restoration of `formatter`)
> Then please post a feature request on Savannah:
> In that request you may want to reference another complaint:

It seems that link is exactly what I'm asking for as well, either
restoration of ^T -> `formatter` or an equivalent replacement.  Though
it is marked as `wontfix` :(

> Benno

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