Vim Scratch Buffer

Date Tags vim

Opening a scratch buffer in Vim can come in handy. The following vimrc addition works well: nnoremap <Leader>sc :e scratch<CR>:setlocal readonly<CR>

It is especially useful in combination with the run shell command shortcut once Vim is configured to change to the directory of the current file with the following vimrc addition: autocmd BufEnter * execute "chdir ".escape(expand("%:p:h"), ' ')

The advantage this named buffer has over the [No Name] buffers created …

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Fossil Command Line Tips

Date Tags fossil

For small projects, Fossil is a great choice for version control. Fossil's command line interface is very easy to use and plays nice with utilities like grep, gawk and xargs. The following are examples of common operations:

  • Check in only edited files: fossil changes | grep EDITED | gawk '{print $2}' | xargs fossil commit -m "Added feature X."

  • Add only files with name containing "pattern" to repo: fossil extras | grep pattern | xargs fossil add

  • Move files in …

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Vim Run Shell Command

Date Tags vim

Here is a nice simple vimrc file addition that will execute a line as a shell command and read back the output into the buffer: nnoremap <Leader>rl yy:r!<C-r>"<CR>

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Hi, I am Jeff Rimko!
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