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I recently switched the history search to use history-incremental-pattern-search-backward since it allows for patterns in the search. Here is how it is setup in my .zshrc

bindkey -M vicmd '/' history-incremental-pattern-search-backward

This works great, but I can't figure out how to go to the next match from the search menu.

% cat foobarbaz.txt
bck-i-search: f*baz

Is there a key bound to do this?

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up vote 8 down vote accepted

Finally found the right incantation. You need to map the pattern search in insert mode. This was the piece I was missing:

# Search backwards and forwards with a pattern
bindkey -M vicmd '/' history-incremental-pattern-search-backward
bindkey -M vicmd '?' history-incremental-pattern-search-forward

# set up for insert mode too
bindkey -M viins '^R' history-incremental-pattern-search-backward
bindkey -M viins '^F' history-incremental-pattern-search-forward

I would have used ^B for backwards search in insert mode, but I have that mapped to something else. So now ^R and ^F cycle through the matches.

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According to the zshzle manual page for zsh 4.3.10, no key is bound by default. You need to add bindings to the isearch map, and only a few widgets are available. For instance, you can do:

bindkey -M isearch '^R' history-incremental-search-backward
bindkey -M isearch '^S' history-incremental-search-forward
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bindkey -l does not show an isearch mapping – claytron Oct 10 '10 at 16:25
@claytron: must be a version issue: isearch is new in 4.3.10, while history-incremental-pattern-search-backward appeared in 4.3.7 (if I read the changelog correctly). – Gilles Oct 10 '10 at 16:54
I'm using 4.3.10, not sure why it isn't there. Using the insert mode bindings worked for me though. – claytron Oct 10 '10 at 18:20

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