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Deferred modifications -- Track changes



When no data source was provided, VisiData presented the DirSheet as the opening sheet. Similar to vim, this interface permits the interactive loading of files, by moving the cursor to the row which references it and pressing Enter.

From v1.2 to v1.5.2, the DirSheet became more powerful. Files became first-class data citizens and users could use classic vd data manipulation commands to (bulk) rename and delete files. Once made, changes were deferred until commited to with Ctrl+S. They were then reflected in the filesystem itself.

It became apparent that the write-mode of the DirSheet was a conceptually separate tool, even if the interface was identical. Data sheets and filesystem editing are kind of two radically different use cases.

So from 2.-2 and on, it was decided to move the filesystem manipulation part of VisiData into the entry point vls.

Description (How to do file system manipulation with VisiData)

vls is a tool which combines file system manipulation with the power of the VisiData interface.

Changes can be made to and rows can be deleted. These changes will be colored to signify that they are deferred. Until they are committed to, these changes are merely a proposal, and Ctrl+R clears all of them. Comitting with Ctrl+S results in them being reflected in the filesystem. Deleted rows trigger deletion of those respective files, and filename edits bulk rename all of the referenced files.

Warning: Those files really do get deleted. Approach with caution before you commit!

How to bulk rename files

How to bulk delete files

Installation instructions

To play with it, install VisiData >= 2.0, and then type vls.

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