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bash / vim workflow

Terminal - bash / vim workflow
zsh$ M-v
2009-11-10 23:02:56
User: bucciarati
bash / vim workflow

355 # from zsh-users

356 edit_command_line () {

357 # edit current line in $EDITOR

358 local tmpfile=${TMPPREFIX:-/tmp/zsh}ecl$$


360 print -R - "$PREBUFFER$BUFFER" >$tmpfile

361 exec

362 ${VISUAL:-${EDITOR:-vi}} $tmpfile

363 zle kill-buffer

364 BUFFER=${"$(



367 command rm -f $tmpfile

368 zle redisplay

369 }

370 zle -N edit_command_line


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Terminal - Alternatives
vim -
2009-11-10 22:25:36
User: tmsh
Functions: vim

I don't know if you've used sqsh before. But it has a handy feature that allows you to switch into vim to complete editing of whatever complicated SQL statement you are trying to run.

But I got to thinking -- why doesn't bash have that? Well, it does. It's called '|'!


Seriously, I'm pretty sure this flow of commands will revolutionize how I administer files. And b/c everything is a file on *nx based distros, well, it's handy.

First, if your ls is aliased to ls --color=auto, then create another alias in your .bashrc:

alias lsp='ls --color=none'

Now, let's say you want to rename all files that begin with the prefix 'ras' to files that begin with a 'raster' prefix.

You could do it with some bash substitution. But who remembers that? I remember vim macros because I can remember to press 'qa' and how to move around in vim. Plus, it's more incremental. You can check things along the way. That is the secret to development and probably the universe. So type something like:

lsp | grep ras

Are those all the files you need to move? If not, modify and re-grep. If so, pipe it to vim.

lsp | grep ras | vim -

Now run your vim macros to modify the first line. Assuming you use 'w' and 'b' to move around, etc., it should work for all lines. Hold down '@@', etc., until your list of files has been modified from






mv ras_a.h raster_a.h

mv ras_a.cpp raster_a.cpp

mv ras_b.h raster_b.h

mv ras_b.h raster_b.cpp

then run :%!bash

then run :q!

then be like, whaaaaa? as you realize your workflow got a little more continuous. maybe. YMMV.

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