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This is my most favourite feature from ruby bundle in TextMate. Unfortunately, I can't find how to do the same in ST2. It still inserts the marker when you press TAB after the # symbol, so, I hope, the ability to run ruby code and update such markers is there, but is well hidden.

For non-users of TextMate: let's assume we have typed this code

a = 10
b = 30
a + b # => 

Then, upon pressing a shortcut (ctrl+cmd+shift+E by default), textmate executes this code and inserts value of corresponding lines after # => markers. In this instance, the result will look like this:

a = 10
b = 30
a + b # => 40

It's super handy for quickly trying out things and posting nice snippets to stackoverflow. Now I need ST2 to do this. :)

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TextMate uses rcodetools to achieve this. From its bundle editor for the command Execute and Update ‘# =>’ Markers:

"${TM_RUBY}" -r "${TM_SUPPORT_PATH}/lib/ruby1.9/add_1.8_features.rb" -- "$TM_BUNDLE_SUPPORT/vendor/rcodetools/bin/xmpfilter"

xmpfilter comes with the rcodetools gem and can be run standalone.

$ sudo gem install rcodetools
$ export RUBYLIB=/System/Library/Frameworks/Ruby.framework/Versions/Current/usr/lib/ruby/user-gems/1.8/gems/rcodetools-
$ echo "1+5 # => " | ruby /System/Library/Frameworks/Ruby.framework/Versions/Current/usr/lib/ruby/user-gems/1.8/gems/rcodetools-
1+5 # => 6

Now you just need to wrap these commands in a Sublime Text 2 plugin, passing the current document as input and replace it with output. You can find general information on how to create and integrate plugins with Sublime Text 2 in this answer.

Here's the plugin code custom to this problem, for the environment shown above:

import sublime, sublime_plugin, subprocess

class ExecuteAndUpdateRubyMarkers(sublime_plugin.TextCommand):
    def run(self, edit):
        r = sublime.Region(0, self.view.size())
        text = self.view.substr(r)

        s = subprocess.Popen(
        out = s.communicate(text)
        if s.returncode != None and s.returncode != 0:
            sublime.message_dialog("There was an error: " + out[1])

        viewlines = self.view.lines(r)
        outlines = out[0].split('\n')
        for i in range(0, len(viewlines)):
            self.view.replace(edit, viewlines[i], outlines[i])





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I wonder, why there's no such plugin already? :) Thanks for the excellent answer. – Sergio Tulentsev Sep 10 '12 at 19:28
@SergioTulentsev Now there is. – Daniel Beck Sep 10 '12 at 20:04
thanks man, you're awesome! Although you eliminated this one opportunity to learn, I won't complain :) – Sergio Tulentsev Sep 11 '12 at 3:22
Daniel, I am having problems executing the plugin code you have posted. I am able to run the standalone example just fine. How are you executing the command from within ST2? Thanks – AGS Nov 8 '12 at 18:23
@AGS Please be more specific about what the problem is, and make sure to read the linked answer explaining how to set up plugins to ST2. – Daniel Beck Nov 8 '12 at 18:30

First of all, thanks to Daniel Beck for his solution as it works wonderfully and was just what I was looking for.

Edit 18 March 2013:

I've made this into a Sublime package called Ruby Markers. The package includes the code discussed in this topic as well as a few other things not discussed (like OS handling [I'm looking at you windows], unicode support, rvm and rbenv support). It is available via Package Manager or at

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Excellent, Michael. – AGS Mar 27 '13 at 18:38

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