Run bash on top of a vi session (saved or not saved), run multiple commands, instead of one at a time with :!(bashcommand), type exit and [enter] to get back to where you left off in vi.

:!bash
Helps when I'm editing a script and want to double check some commands without having to exit out of vi multiple times or having to use another terminal session.

2
2012-08-13 17:13:53

What Others Think

^Z
bro · 474 weeks and 2 days ago
WHAT? That's what job control is for in unix-like operating systems. Simply hit ctrl-Z to suspend (background) vi, then type "fg" to bring it back.
flatcap · 474 weeks and 2 days ago
Yeah, ^Z is what you need. Or if you do want to run a new bash, that's what the :sh vim command is for.
tremby · 473 weeks and 3 days ago

What do you think?

Any thoughts on this command? Does it work on your machine? Can you do the same thing with only 14 characters?

You must be signed in to comment.

What's this?

commandlinefu.com is the place to record those command-line gems that you return to again and again. That way others can gain from your CLI wisdom and you from theirs too. All commands can be commented on, discussed and voted up or down.

Share Your Commands



Stay in the loop…

Follow the Tweets.

Every new command is wrapped in a tweet and posted to Twitter. Following the stream is a great way of staying abreast of the latest commands. For the more discerning, there are Twitter accounts for commands that get a minimum of 3 and 10 votes - that way only the great commands get tweeted.

» http://twitter.com/commandlinefu
» http://twitter.com/commandlinefu3
» http://twitter.com/commandlinefu10

Subscribe to the feeds.

Use your favourite RSS aggregator to stay in touch with the latest commands. There are feeds mirroring the 3 Twitter streams as well as for virtually every other subset (users, tags, functions,…):

Subscribe to the feed for: