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Ovid (2709)

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Stuff with the Perl Foundation. A couple of patches in the Perl core. A few CPAN modules. That about sums it up.

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Friday June 13, 2008
09:11 AM

XPath Searches In Vim

[ #36682 ]

I've just started on this, but I'm getting tired of working with XML documents in vim and having trouble finding what I want. After all, vim's usual regexes don't work terribly well with XML. So I have this program that I have cleverly named "xpath":

#!/usr/bin/env perl

use strict;
use warnings;

use XML::XPath;
use XML::XPath::XMLParser;

my ( $filename, $xpath ) = @ARGV;

my $xp = XML::XPath->new(filename => $filename );

my $nodeset = $xp->find($xpath);    # find all paragraphs

my $found = 0;
foreach my $node ($nodeset->get_nodelist) {
    print "FOUND\n\n", XML::XPath::XMLParser::as_string($node), "\n\n";

unless ($found) {
    print "No XML found matching xpath '$xpath'\n";

And in my .vimrc

|au! FileType xml           :call XMLMappings()

function! XMLMappings()
    noremap <leader>xf :%!xmllint --format %<cr>
    noremap <leader>xp :call Xpath()<cr>

function! Xpath()
    let filename = bufname("%")
    let xpath    = input("Enter xpath expression: ")
    let command  = "xpath '" . filename . "' '" . xpath . "'"
    echo system(command)

Now I just type ',xp' in an XML document, it prompts me for the xpath and shows me all nodes in the document matching said xpath.

I need to do some more work to figure out line numbers, if possible.

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