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Many applications can be configured with an external pop-up editor, but require "popping up" to be the editor's default mode (for example, [[wikipedia:File Roller|File Roller]], the GNOME desktop archive editor). This is a problem when you do not have gvim installed, or when you simply prefer to use "normal" Vim from within your preferred terminal (for example, gnome-terminal).
 
Many applications can be configured with an external pop-up editor, but require "popping up" to be the editor's default mode (for example, [[wikipedia:File Roller|File Roller]], the GNOME desktop archive editor). This is a problem when you do not have gvim installed, or when you simply prefer to use "normal" Vim from within your preferred terminal (for example, gnome-terminal).
   
Create a file named <tt>vim-gnome</tt> with the following contents, and place it on your execution PATH (and use <tt>chmod&nbsp;+x&nbsp;vim-gnome</tt> to make <tt>vim-gnome</tt> executable):
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Create a file named <code>vim-gnome</code> with the following contents, and place it on your execution PATH (and use <code>chmod +x vim-gnome</code> to make <code>vim-gnome</code> executable):
 
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This wrapper handles passing extra arguments to Vim, so you can enter things like <tt>vim-gnome&nbsp;myfile.txt&nbsp;+42</tt> to edit <tt>myfile.txt</tt> and jump to line 42.
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This wrapper handles passing extra arguments to Vim, so you can enter things like <code>vim-gnome myfile.txt +42</code> to edit <code>myfile.txt</code> and jump to line 42.
   
Now you can use <tt>vim-gnome</tt> everywhere that you could have used <tt>gvim</tt>, or any other pop-up editor.
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Now you can use <code>vim-gnome</code> everywhere that you could have used <code>gvim</code>, or any other pop-up editor.
   
 
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==See also==

Latest revision as of 06:44, July 13, 2012

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created June 14, 2010 · complexity basic · author A generic person · version 7.0


This tip shows how to use Vim from within a pop-up gnome terminal as an alternative to using gvim. Because most graphical terminals accept a "command string" that is executed when they start running, the technique shown here is easily generalized to other terminal types.

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Many applications can be configured with an external pop-up editor, but require "popping up" to be the editor's default mode (for example, File Roller, the GNOME desktop archive editor). This is a problem when you do not have gvim installed, or when you simply prefer to use "normal" Vim from within your preferred terminal (for example, gnome-terminal).

Create a file named vim-gnome with the following contents, and place it on your execution PATH (and use chmod +x vim-gnome to make vim-gnome executable):

#!/bin/sh
ARGS="$@"
gnome-terminal -e "vim $ARGS"

This wrapper handles passing extra arguments to Vim, so you can enter things like vim-gnome myfile.txt +42 to edit myfile.txt and jump to line 42.

Now you can use vim-gnome everywhere that you could have used gvim, or any other pop-up editor.

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To have the gnome-terminal not close when exiting vim, try this:

#!/bin/sh
ARGS="$@"
gnome-terminal -x sh -c "vim $ARGS; $SHELL"

Now you should get a normal gnome-terminal when exiting vim with the :q command.

--VimRulz 23:54, June 27, 2011 (UTC)

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