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Álvaro Ramírez

25 October 2020 Emacs: quote wrap all in region

As I find myself moving more shell commands into Emacs interactive commands to create a Swift package/project, enrich dired's featureset, or search/play Music (macOS), I often need to take a single space-separated string, make an elisp list of strings, and feed it to functions like process-lines. No biggie, but I thought it'd be a fun little function to write: take the region and wrap all items in quotes. As a bonus, made it toggable.


(defun ar/toggle-quote-wrap-all-in-region (beg end)
  "Toggle wrapping all items in region with double quotes."
  (interactive (list (mark) (point)))
  (unless (region-active-p)
    (user-error "no region to wrap"))
  (let ((deactivate-mark nil)
        (replacement (string-join
                      (mapcar (lambda (item)
                                (if (string-match-p "^\".*\"$" item)
                                    (string-trim item "\"" "\"")
                                  (format "\"%s\"" item)))
                              (split-string (buffer-substring beg end)))
                      " ")))
    (delete-region beg end)
    (insert replacement)))