I discovered today that since version 8.1, Vim apparently supports spawning a terminal from within the Vim editor. This is a handy little feature that could make life easier for checking documentation, running tests, and so on.
With “:terminal” you open a terminal in the current window.
To create a vertical split, with a terminal in the newly opened window, use “:vertical terminal”.
With some easy Vim scripting you can open the external URL that is under the cursor with the awesome textmode browser w3m in a Vim terminal. I liked to have that in a vertical split.
I have modified their function slightly to open horizontal, and automatically close the terminal when the
w3m command exits:
let mycommand = "w3m " . @u
execute "terminal++close " . mycommand
I have utilized the use of
tmux and its builtin
send-keys commands to send
interactions between terminals in my development environment. Scripting and
integrating with a terminal from Vim is a different twist on the same use-case.
I have only started to play with this functionality, but I’m interested to see
what I can improve with