I am using counsel-git-grep to grep for a string in the current Git repository.

When I do M-x counsel-git-grep it opens following in the mini-buffer.

2    git grep:

3 chars more

Let say if the cursor on top of

def hello_word():
      |__cursor is here and when I entered `M-x counsel-git-grep`

I want following to open:

2    git grep: hello_word

3 chars more

[Q] How can I pass the word under cursor to the counsel-git-grep search?

  • Spacemacs has similar functionality, so maybe this helps you write a lisp function to do what you want? github.com/syl20bnr/spacemacs/blob/… Jan 20 at 19:39
  • ...in fact I see many functions in counsel.el also use thing-at-point, so quite likely that code would be useful if you were to implement this yourself. From the code I don't see something that does it already Jan 20 at 19:42

I've wrapped a couple of function in my dotemacs to achieve this:

;; from https://github.com/abo-abo/swiper/issues/1068
(defun my-ivy-with-thing-at-point (cmd &optional dir)
  "Wrap a call to CMD with setting "
  (let ((ivy-initial-inputs-alist
          (cons cmd (thing-at-point 'symbol)))))
    (funcall cmd nil dir)))

(use-package counsel
  :config (setq counsel-ag-base-command "ag --vimgrep -a %s"))

(defun my-counsel-ag-from-here (&optional dir)
  "Start ag but from the directory the file is in (otherwise I would
be using git-grep)."
  (interactive "D")
   (or dir (file-name-directory (buffer-file-name)))))

(defun my-counsel-git-grep ()

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