Unix Tip #4349- February 6, 2014


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SUSPEND A VI SESSION FOR SHELL


Ever want to run some shell commands while doing a vi edit
session? Like, "what's the name of that file" I want to use in
this script I'm making?

Instead of exiting vi; doing the ls filenamepart*, and going
back into vi, you can from a vi session:

enter ":", then enter "shell".

This suspends the vi session and gives you a command prompt
where you can use any shell command. When finished, enter the
"exit" command and you will be returned to the vi session.


This tip generously supported by: cwhenske@gatx.com

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