Using terminal Vim as an external editor
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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.
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
#!/bin/sh ARGS="$@" gnome-terminal -e "vim $ARGS"
This wrapper handles passing extra arguments to Vim, so you can enter things like
vim-gnome myfile.txt +42 to edit
myfile.txt and jump to line 42.
Now you can use
vim-gnome everywhere that you could have used
gvim, or any other pop-up editor.
 See also
To have the gnome-terminal not close when exiting vim, try this:
#!/bin/sh ARGS="$@" 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)