Toby Mode

I made a minor-mode to capture some features and key-bindings that I think might bother another experienced Emacs user. This way I can turn those bits off should the need arise.


Make some common-lisp-isms available:

(eval-when-compile (require 'cl))

I still use a couple functions from the old TextMate package:

(require-package 'textmate)
(require 'textmate)


Use tramp to re-open a file with more privileges:

(defun sudo-file ()
  "Re-open the current buffer's file with sudo"
  (let ((p (point)))
     (concat "/sudo::" (buffer-file-name)))
        (goto-char p)))
(defun duplicate-line ()
  "Duplicate the current line"
    (move-beginning-of-line 1)
    (open-line 1)
    (next-line 1)

Sometimes, like inside some shells, you might find yourself wanting to swap the Meta and Super modifiers. This command lets you do that:

(defun swap-modifiers ()
  "Swap meta and super"
   ((equal ns-command-modifier 'super)
    (setq ns-command-modifier   'meta
          ns-alternate-modifier 'super)
    (message "Command is Meta"))
    (setq ns-command-modifier   'super
          ns-alternate-modifier 'meta)
    (message "Alt is Meta"))))

New-line and indent from anywhere in the current line:

(defun toby/open-line ()
  "Insert a newline after the current line and move down"

Save all buffers while updating the modification time of the current buffer's file. This is handy if you're using something like Guard to automatically run unit tests.

(defun touch ()
  "update the mtime of the file for the current buffer"
  (save-some-buffers 't)
  (shell-command (concat "touch "
                         (shell-quote-argument (buffer-file-name))))
  (message "I'm touched"))

Increment a number at the point:

(defun toby/increment-number-at-point (&optional arg)
  "Increment the decimal number at point by 'arg'."
  (interactive "p*")
      (let ((number (number-at-point))
            (inc-by (if arg arg 1)))
        (when number
            (search-backward (number-to-string number))
            (replace-match (number-to-string (+ number inc-by)))))))))
(defun toby/align-columns (start end regexp)
  "Align text in columns according to `regexp'"
  (interactive "r\nsAlign regexp: ")
  (align-regexp start end
                (concat "\\(\\s-*\\)" regexp) 1 1 t))


So, toby-mode has its own keymap. This is what allows my overrides to be switched off.

(defvar *tobys-mode-map*
  (let ((map (make-sparse-keymap)))
    (define-key map (kbd "C-x m")      'eshell)
    (define-key map (kbd "M-g")        'goto-line)
    (define-key map (kbd "s-z")        'undo)
    (define-key map (kbd "M-z")        'zap-to-char)
    (define-key map (kbd "C-x \\")     'align-regexp)
    (define-key map (kbd "C-x \|")     'toby/align-columns)
    (define-key map (kbd "M-/")        'hippie-expand)
    (define-key map (kbd "s-/")        'hippie-expand)

    (define-key map (kbd "C-S-d")      'duplicate-line)
    (define-key map (kbd "C-RET")      'toby/open-line)

    (define-key map (kbd "H-t")        'peepopen-goto-file-gui)
    ;; Watch out! This can crash an Emacs session with a frame inside
    ;; a terminal.
    ;;    (define-key map (kbd "M-O")        'ns-open-file-using-panel)

    (define-key map (kbd "S-s-<up>")   'move-text-up)
    (define-key map (kbd "S-s-<down>") 'move-text-down)

    (define-key map [f5] 'touch)
  "Keymap used for my local customizations.")

(define-key *tobys-mode-map* (kbd "C-c C-a") 'toby/increment-number-at-point)


In some languages, I find code with compressed parenthesis to be more difficult to read. For example:

def wazzit(even,say,here)
  function_call(or_is_it, argument?)

I suppose I could play with different fonts to find one that shifts the parenthesis glyph outward, but I like the font I use. Fortunately, Emacs provides. Emacs Overlays can change the display of a buffer without changing its representation on disk.

So, I have an overlay that can temporarily add spaces within parenthesis:

(defun toby/set-overlay-properties ()
  (put 'toby-open-parenthesis 'evaporate t)
  (put 'toby-open-parenthesis 'after-string " ")

  (put 'toby-close-parenthesis 'evaporate t)
  (put 'toby-close-parenthesis 'before-string " ")

  (put 'toby-rocket 'evaporate t)
  (put 'toby-rocket 'after-string " ")
  (put 'toby-rocket 'before-string " ")


(defun toby/make-overlay (beg end &optional category)
  "Create and return an overlay over the given region. Category
defaults to `toby'."
  (let ((overlay (make-overlay beg end)))
    (overlay-put overlay 'category (or category 'toby))

(defun toby/my-overlay-p (overlay)
  "Return whether the given overlay is one of mine."
  (memq (overlay-get overlay 'category)
        '(toby-open-parenthesis toby-close-parenthesis toby-rocket)))

(defun toby/make-roomy (beg end)
  "Add spacing within compressed expressions"
  (interactive "r")
      (goto-char beg)
      (while (re-search-forward
              end t)
        (toby/make-overlay (match-beginning 0) (match-beginning 1)

      (goto-char beg)
      (while (re-search-forward
              end t)
        (toby/make-overlay (match-end 1) (match-end 0)

      (goto-char beg)
      (while (re-search-forward
              end t)
        (toby/make-overlay (match-beginning 1) (match-end 1)

(defun toby/make-sloppy (beg end)
  "Return the region to its unfriendly state."
  (interactive "r")
  (dolist (o (overlays-in beg end))
    (when (toby/my-overlay-p o)
      (delete-overlay o))))

(defun toby/on-change (beg end)
  "After change hook to update overlays"
  (let ((beg-line (save-excursion (goto-char beg) (line-beginning-position)))
        (end-line (save-excursion (goto-char end) (line-end-position))))
    (toby/make-sloppy beg-line end-line)
    (toby/make-roomy beg-line end-line)))

The Mode

Finally, I create the minor-mode to house all of this.

(define-minor-mode toby-mode
  "Customization minor mode for ME"
  :lighter " π"
  :global t
  :keymap *tobys-mode-map*)

(define-minor-mode global-toby-mode
  "Toggle Toby Mode globally"
  :lighter " π"
  :global t
  :keymap *tobys-mode-map*
      (toby/make-sloppy (point-min) (point-max))
      (if global-toby-mode
          (jit-lock-register 'toby/on-change)
        (jit-lock-unregister 'toby/on-change)))))
(provide 'toby-mode)

Author: Toby Tripp

Created: 2018-03-04 Sun 00:38