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

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

By: int19h
2009-02-16 01:25:37

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.
hso · 649 weeks and 3 days ago
hso, you're right, but isn't it cool that one can pipe directly to vim too? :)
int19h · 649 weeks and 2 days ago

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

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