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May 19, 2015 - A Look At The New Commandlinefu
I've put together a short writeup on what kind of newness you can expect from the next iteration of clfu. Check it out here.
March 2, 2015 - New Management
I'm Jon, I'll be maintaining and improving clfu. Thanks to David for building such a great resource!

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Psst. Open beta.

Wow, didn't really expect you to read this far down. The latest iteration of the site is in open beta. It's a gentle open beta-- not in prime-time just yet. It's being hosted over at UpGuard (link) and you are more than welcome to give it a shot. Couple things:

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Your feedback is appreciated via the form on the beta page. Thanks! -Jon & CLFU Team

Make vim open in tabs by default (save to .profile)

Terminal - Make vim open in tabs by default (save to .profile)
alias vim="vim -p"
2010-12-30 22:53:33
User: tommed
Functions: alias
Make vim open in tabs by default (save to .profile)

I always add this to my .profile rc so I can do things like: "vim *.c" and the files are opened in tabs.


There are 2 alternatives - vote for the best!

Terminal - Alternatives

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I believe this is functionally the same as doing nothing, except you have a bar at the top of your screen with filenames.

If you don't want the list of the files taking up screen real estate at all times, use ":files" to give you a numbered list of files open. Then you can switch to any file by using ":b[the document number]" (the 'b' stands for 'buffer'), and of course you can traverse the open files once with ":n" (next buffer).

Comment by inanutshellus 294 weeks and 6 days ago

Ah hah! The "-p" option is different in more than just the header bar. When you use ":q" it kills the current tab only and automatically moves you to the next one. That's kinda cool.

Comment by inanutshellus 294 weeks and 6 days ago

Yeh, :q and you can also use gT and gt to quickly switch between files, which I really like!

Comment by tommed 294 weeks and 4 days ago

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