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Re: Use vim as filter?

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  • Ingo Krabbe
    ... Hash: SHA1 ... I think you should think over what you want to do. Since the 70 s when the first vi came out for some UNIX Computer it was thought as a
    Message 1 of 4 , Apr 1, 2002
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      On Monday, 1. April 2002 21:12, Benji Fisher wrote:
      > Can vim be used as a filter, like sed? For example,
      >
      > % ls | vim - --other-options
      >
      > I think the - option makes vim read a buffer from stdin, but how do we get
      > it to write to stdout? I especially want this to work on Windows, where
      > sed may not be available.
      >
      > Background: If I run :make then the compiler output is saved to an
      > error file. AFAIK, I do not have a chance to clean up that error file,
      > except by adding a filter to 'makeprg'. If I am running vim on Windows, I
      > would like to use vim itself as the filter program.
      >
      > I might also want to do the same for 'equalprg'.
      >
      > --Benji Fisher

      I think you should think over what you want to do. Since the 70's when the
      first vi came out for some UNIX Computer it was thought as a "VISUAL" editor.
      That's where the name comes from. Now you want to make it invisible again.

      First, if you like System V,X/Open or Posix, all our nice UNIX standards, you
      should try to install a cygwin or something similar for your Windows. Then
      you can work with most of the well known commands like ed/sed ...

      Most solutions you can find with other concepts might be much more flexible
      and useful. But if you don't use a "|vim -" to read from stdin you should
      also be able to call vim commands through stdin:

      # This example only works for unix of course.
      cat cmd-script| vim bla bla &> /dev/null

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