The other day I wrote that I was considering installing dumb-jump and giving it a try. I did that and have been using it since I watched Mike Zamansky’s video on Projectile and Dumb-jump. It really is the sweet spot for me. I never liked TAG files and their associated machinery but
dumb-jump doesn’t require any of that: it just works.
Recently, AT&T graciously released the source code for Research Unix v.8, v.9, and v.10. That’s a boon for us Unix aficionados who like to read code. I downloaded v.10 and started browsing. This is the first time I’ve had access to the source code for a modern AT&T Unix so I’m not familiar with the files layout. Fortunately,
dumb-jump is just what I needed. All the kernel source files are in the
sys directory so I put an empty
.dumbjump file in
sys and now when I’m looking at a function and it calls some other function in a different file, I can jump directly to it and then return.
I added two additional keybindings to the ones recommended in the README. For those who are interested, here is my configuration:
(use-package dumb-jump :ensure t :bind (("M-g o" . dumb-jump-go-other-window) ("M-g j" . dumb-jump-go) ("M-g b" . dumb-jump-back) ("M-g q" . dumb-jump-quick-look) ("M-g x" . dumb-jump-go-prefer-external) ("M-g z" . dumb-jump-go-prefer-external-other-window)) :config (setq dumb-jump-selector 'ivy))
You really want a binding to return to your jumping off place so I added that. I also added a binding for
dumb-jump-quick-look, which gives you a short popup of the definition and some context.
The Unix kernel isn’t the largest project by any means but it is good sized. Nevertheless,
dumb-jump found and moved to the target file almost instantaneously. I really like this package a lot.