Transfer text between two Vim instances
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created 2001 · complexity basic · author Douglas Potts · version 5.7
This one is a one of my favorites from Dr. Chip, and I haven't seen it come across Vim tips yet.
Can use either visual, or marking to denote the text.
" transfer/read and write one block of text between vim sessions " Usage: " 'from' session: " ma " move to end-of-block " xw " " 'to' session: " move to where I want block inserted " xr " if has("unix") nmap xr :r $HOME/.vimxfer<CR> nmap xw :'a,.w! $HOME/.vimxfer<CR> vmap xr c<Esc>:r $HOME/.vimxfer<CR> vmap xw :w! $HOME/.vimxfer<CR> else nmap xr :r c:/.vimxfer<CR> nmap xw :'a,.w! c:/.vimxfer<CR> vmap xr c<Esc>:r c:/.vimxfer<CR> vmap xw :w! c:/.vimxfer<CR> endif
See also VimTip71.
Here is much simple version. Tested on Unix only.
"Copy and paste between different Vim sessions nmap _Y :!echo ""> ~/.vi_tmp<CR><CR>:w! ~/.vi_tmp<CR> vmap _Y :w! ~/.vi_tmp<CR> nmap _P :r ~/.vi_tmp<CR>
Select your text, press CTRL+_Y to copy, then in another (or even the same) Vim session press CTRL+_P to paste
VimTip21 seems to solve all of these issues.