I want to bind keyboard shortcuts to GHCi commands. GHCi makes use of the Haskeline package for performing line input. Thus, it is Haskeline’s configuration file,
$HOME/.haskeline, where we’ll need to place our shortcuts.
As an example, I’m going to show you how to bind
F7 to the GHCi
Here’s the documentation for custom key bindings in Haskeline. We’ll need to add something of the following form to
bind: <key> <keys>
<key> is simply
f7. The string
:reload needs to be decomposed into a space-separated sequence of
<key> values, i.e.
: r e l o a d. Thus, the first line in
bind: f7 : r e l o a d
Let’s fire up GHCi and see what happens when you press
If you’re on Windows, you’re probably done at this point: this should just work. On Linux or macOs,
F7 will probably do nothing at this point. To work on Posix platforms, you’ll need to add
keyseq: <term> <string> <key>
So, we’ll need to add
F7. How do I get the appropriate key code? Fortunately, GHC can do this for you:
stack exec ghc -- -e getLine
At this point, press
F7 followed by
Enter and you’ll get output like the following:
The second line is the key sequence that you’ll use with Haskeline. Grab this string, create a new
keyseq entry to map it to
F7 and you’ll end up with a configuration file looking something like the following:
bind: f7 : r e l o a d keyseq: "\ESC[18~" f7
And you’re done! Fire up GHCi, and
F7 should generate
:reload for you.
My current favourite configuration looks like:
bind: f7 : r e l o a d return : m a i n return keyseq: "\ESC[18~" f7
This will cause
F7 to reload the current module and run
main all in one keypress. Nice!
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