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created October 18, 2004 · complexity intermediate · author Ton van den Heuvel · version 6.0


When I use Vim I have multiple windows open which are all maximized after becoming active, see for example VimTip173.

This makes debugging code in combination with the quickfix window a little difficult. After switching from the quickfix window to the code, the quickfix window is minimized and the error message is out of sight. Put the following in your gvimrc to keep the quickfix window at a user specified height:

" Maximize the window after entering it, be sure to keep the quickfix window
" at the specified height.
au WinEnter * call MaximizeAndResizeQuickfix(8)

" Maximize current window and set the quickfix window to the specified height.
function MaximizeAndResizeQuickfix(quickfixHeight)
  " Redraw after executing the function.
  set lazyredraw
  " Ignore WinEnter events for now.
  set ei=WinEnter
  " Maximize current window.
  wincmd _
  " If the current window is the quickfix window
  if (getbufvar(winbufnr(winnr()), "&buftype") == "quickfix")
    " Maximize previous window, and resize the quickfix window to the
    " specified height.
    wincmd p
    resize
    wincmd p
    exe "resize " . a:quickfixHeight
  else
    " Current window isn't the quickfix window, loop over all windows to
    " find it (if it exists...)
    let i = 1
    let currBufNr = winbufnr(i)
    while (currBufNr != -1)
      " If the buffer in window i is the quickfix buffer.
      if (getbufvar(currBufNr, "&buftype") == "quickfix")
        " Go to the quickfix window, set height to quickfixHeight, and jump to the previous
        " window.
        exe i . "wincmd w"
        exe "resize " . a:quickfixHeight
        wincmd p
        break
      endif
      let i = i + 1
      let currBufNr = winbufnr(i)
    endwhile
  endif
  set ei-=WinEnter
  set nolazyredraw
endfunction

" Remap ,m to make and open error window if there are any errors. If there
" weren't any errors, the current window is maximized.
map <silent> ,m :mak<CR><CR>:cw<CR>:call MaximizeIfNotQuickfix()<CR>

" Maximizes the current window if it is not the quickfix window.
function MaximizeIfNotQuickfix()
  if (getbufvar(winbufnr(winnr()), "&buftype") != "quickfix")
    wincmd _
  endif
endfunction

CommentsEdit

Shouldn't you be save/restoring those global values:

" Redraw after executing the function.
set lazyredraw
" Ignore WinEnter events for now.
set ei=WinEnter

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