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for example suppose I did

:let foo=pattern

and now I want to perform Ggrep patter but use variable foo instead of the literal patter string.

:echo foo

outputs pattern, but

:Ggrep foo

just looks for foo


building a string of command and then running :execute on it is not a solution, its a hack. And it breaks with any non-trivial variable values.

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what is Ggrep (capital G?)? –  akira Aug 8 '11 at 11:30
git grep from 'fugutive' vim plugin –  Vitaly Kushner Aug 9 '11 at 10:08

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what about:

:execute ':grep ' . foo
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how do I properly escape foo's content? it might contain special characters like ", ', /, \, etc –  Vitaly Kushner Aug 8 '11 at 11:34
@Vitaly Kushner: See ":help escape()" and ":help fnameescape()". –  garyjohn Aug 8 '11 at 16:45
I know escape(), but not sure about what characters to escape –  Vitaly Kushner Aug 10 '11 at 13:00
fnameescape() is not good, its not a filename argument, its an arg to plugin function. suppose I :let foo = "aaa\"bbbb'cccc" –  Vitaly Kushner Aug 10 '11 at 13:02
i think that 'how to escape a regular expression bullet-proof in vim' is another question, either here or on stackoverflow.com. –  akira Aug 10 '11 at 17:52

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