[TxMt] Re: Reformat text paragraph and time-stamping snippets

Hans-Jörg Bibiko bibiko at eva.mpg.de
Mon Aug 25 23:03:54 UTC 2008

On 25.08.2008, at 23:47, Ahmed III wrote:
> 1.  How do I reformat a text paragraph to be within a set width, like
> 80?  On TextPad, on Windows, you could do that easily by setting the
> default text width to 80, and reformatting the paragraph.  I can't
> find a similar 'text width' setting in TextMate.  Where is it hidden?
> Does someone have a command to do this?  I can write my own, just show
> me a similar example.

Try this:
-Go to:
View > Wrap Columns
-set it to whatever
-press APPLE+a (select all)
-press CTRL+q (reformat selection)

There's also the bash command 'fmt' and/or 'fold' in conjuction with  
$TM_COLUMN etc. for scripting. see 'man fmt' or 'man fold'.
(Maybe use my hint for 3.) for more)

> 2. I have a single file of dairy-like entries.  Before I start
> writing, I want to timestamp each entry.  I am looking to insert the
> following snippet:
> "==========
> "
> How do I do that?

Type in an empty line:
date "+==========%n%Y-%m-%d %H:%M:%S%n%n%n"

and press CTRL+OPT+r (Execute Line and Replace With Result) or write  
a tiny tmCommand/macro/snippet for it.
see more 'man date'

> 3. I must say whereas the manual is very easy to read.  I find it hard
> to find out how to quickly implement what I need.

Look at the attachment in:



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