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Pipe a textfile to vim and move the cursor to a certain line

Terminal - Pipe a textfile to vim and move the cursor to a certain line
zcat /usr/share/doc/vim-common/README.gz | vim -g +23 -
2009-02-16 01:25:37
User: int19h
Functions: vim zcat
Pipe a textfile to vim and move the cursor to a certain line

This command is more for demonstrating piping to vim and jumping to a specific line than anything else.

Exit vim with :q!

+23 jumps to line 23

- make vim receive the data from the pipe


There is 1 alternative - vote for the best!

Terminal - Alternatives

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What others think

In my world, vim opens gzip'd files on it's own:

vim -g +23 /usr/share/doc/vim-common/README.gz

Since this looks like debian or ubuntu given the doc structure, I'm guessing it does in your world too.

If you don't want it to (if you want to view the contents of the gzip), you can run:

vim -b --noplugin .gz

Then you can xxd and commit evil.

Comment by hso 379 weeks and 6 days ago

hso, you're right, but isn't it cool that one can pipe directly to vim too? :)

Comment by int19h 379 weeks and 5 days ago

Your point of view

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