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Status Future consideration
Workspace IBM i
Created by Guest
Created on Jan 13, 2022

In REPLACE mode, the RDI editor should overwrite existing text when pasting

In replace mode, any typed text overwrites existing text, including whitespace. Executing a "paste" operation, however, moves all existing text after the current insertion point, unless you preselect exactly the text you'd like to replace.

Use Case:

With my cursor in Replace mode, and having copied a keyword, I position my cursor where I'd like to paste, e.g. in a traditional syntax RPG line. Ctrl-V/Paste should overwrite the existing text and whitespace at my cursor position.

Instead, it inserts my clipboard text, moving all of my positional code to the right. I must then delete text until everything is back in its correct column. This behavior happens whether my cursor is in Insert mode or Replace mode.

Idea priority Medium
  • Guest
    Mar 21, 2022

    I would only want to see the behavior as stated in this request when doing "column sensitive" editing.

  • Guest
    Feb 7, 2022

    Although the theme of this request is consistent with our business strategy, it is not committed to the release that is currently under development.

  • Guest
    Jan 25, 2022

    Due to processing by IBM, this request was reassigned to have the following updated attributes:
    Brand - Servers and Systems Software
    Product family - Programming Languages
    Product - Developer for Power Systems
    Component - RPG/COBOL Development Tools
    Operating system - IBM i
    Source - Client

    For recording keeping, the previous attributes were:
    Brand - Servers and Systems Software
    Product family - Power Systems
    Product - IBM i
    Component - Application Development
    Operating system - IBM i
    Source - Client

  • Guest
    Jan 14, 2022

    This function is already in RDi - go to Preferences->LPEX Editor->User Key Actions. Type a-v in the Key textbox, then open the Action combobox and select pasteOverlay. Click the Set button, click Apply, click OK and go back to editing. Now in either replace or insert mode, select something, the press Alt-V, and that text will overlay whatever is at the cursor.

  • Guest
    Jan 14, 2022

    Please be careful with this RFE. Other editors, such as Notepad++ or MS Word, also inserts text when pasting the clipboard in "Overwrite" mode. Second, overwriting text on a paste operation may unintentionally overwrite the text that follows the text the user wants to replace. Not sure if people would like that:

    The user wants to replace *OMIT with *NOPASS.


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