Fuzzy finders can be a good tool for navigating files in a codebase, but they don't give you the same functionality as a properly set
path option in vim. Key mappings like
[d, and commands like
:find depend on having your path set correctly to find the file you're searching for. Using the
:find command also gives us the ability to tab complete a file name, a feature which fuzzy finders do not offer.
An poorly set path can cause a significant slow down when trying to tab complete a filename with
:find, or jump to a file with
In his excellent gist, romainl illustrates how a well set path can make navigating a codebase quick and easy, capturing only the files relevant to our work in a project. However, in his gist he sets the path manually, what I want to do is automatically set the path on a per-project basis. My answer to this, is to use fd.
I added the following code to my
init.lua, but it can work in vimscript and in regular vim as well! This requires that you have the
fd binary installed on your machine.
vim.o.path = table.concat(vim.fn.systemlist("fd . --type d"),",")
fd will respect your
.gitignore file, the above code will set every directory currently tracked by git in your path, ensuring that you can access your project files without having to deal with slowdowns caused by vim looking inside of directories such as
To speed things up when you open a directory in a path that is not currently tracked by git, you
can use the following snippet:
local setPath = function() if gitBranch() ~= "" then return ".," .. table.concat(vim.fn.systemlist("fd . --type d --hidden -E .git -E .yarn"),","):gsub("%./", "") .. "," .. table.concat(vim.fn.systemlist("fd --type f --max-depth 1"), ","):gsub("%./", "") -- grab both the dirs and the top level filesystem else return vim.o.path end end vim.o.path = setPath()