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Re: Opening vim in new xterm+screen window in same session

From: Michael Parson
Subject: Re: Opening vim in new xterm+screen window in same session
Date: Thu, 13 Aug 2015 09:56:16 -0500
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On 2015-08-12 06:35, Dhyanesh wrote:

I typically have a single screen session to which I connect using
screen -x. Whenever I want to edit a file with vim, I'd like to:

1. Open a new xterm.
2. Connect to the screen session.
3. Create a new screen window and start vim in it.

Ideally I'd like the following command to work (from within a screen

xterm -e screen vim

However, it partially works, the new xterm is created and has the STY
variable. Thus screen opens a new window in that same session and
starts vim. However, the new xterm window doesn't connect to that
session. Any thoughts on why this happens? I'm using screen version

When I try that command with screen 4.02.01, I don't get a new xterm, but I do get the new screen window running vim, which isn't selected, I get my prompt back in the window I typed the command in.

In any case, here's what I do, I tend to work in one xterm with one screen session.

All shell my shell bits assume you're running bash, might work in ksh or zsh, you'll have to make adjustments if you're in tcsh.

In my .vimrc:

" If we're in screen, rename the current window to the filename we're editing
if &term =~ '^screen'
  set title
  " VimTip #1126
  set t_ts=
  set t_fs=
  let &titleold = fnamemodify(&shell, ":t")

Then as a bash function:

svim () {
        screen -X msgwait 0
        screen vim $*
        screen -X msgwait 4

You can put that in your .bashrc, .bash_profile, in a separate file that gets sourced by one of those, etc.

Now, when I want to edit a file:


This will open a new screen window running vim on the named file. Vim will see that it's running in a screen session and rename that window to be the name of the file, which makes it easy to see in your window list (with ^A-"). When you're done and exit vim, that window auto-closes and returns you to the previously used screen window, which, if you've not done any window switching, will be the one you originally ran the command in.

Now, for extra fun, you can now do things like:

for i in *.cc, do svim $i ; done

This will open a new screen window running vim for each file matching the glob (*.cc), all named for the file that is being edited.

Michael Parson
Austin, TX

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