The "modal mode", which may be familiar to vim users, changes a little the way you interact with broot:
- The input at the bottom isn't immediately focused, you must type a space, a
:, or a
/to focus it. And you unfocus it with the escape key.
- The upside is you can use keyboard shortcuts without ctrl, for example you may move the selection with j and k.
- The downside is you have one letter more to type to start searching, which isn't to dismiss as searching is usually the first thing you do in broot.
I recommend you don't activate this mode until you really tried broot. Broot isn't a text editor and can't be confused with one. This mode may be more comfortable when you constantly jump from vim to broot but only after you understood how broot works.
You may be an avid vim user, as I am, and still prefer not to use modality in broot. Starting in command mode means you have one more letter to type before searching, because search is done in input mode. And broot is search oriented and often used in very short sessions (less than 5 seconds from intent to launch to being back in the shell in the right directory or editing the right file in your favorite editor).
You need first to enable the "modal mode" with this line in the configuration:
# note that this must be near the start of the configuration file modal = true
modal isn't set to
true, the single letter shortcuts you define in configuration will be ignored (so you don't have to remove them if you don't want modality anymore).
Broot may be in one of two modes:
- input mode, with the input field at the bottom focused and received standard keys
- command mode, with input not focused, and single key shortcuts enabled
In command mode, you'll find those keys already configured:
kto go down and up
lto go to parent or to enter a directory
You enter input mode by typing one of those letters:
/. You leave it with the
escape key. You may add other bindings to the