[CentOS] Feed a list of filenames to vim

Wed May 18 15:34:34 UTC 2011
Michael Gliwinski <Michael.Gliwinski at henderson-group.com>

On Wednesday 18 May 2011 16:06:47 Bowie Bailey wrote:
> > or, if you need recursive:
> >   $ eval vim $(find /some/dir -type f -printf '"%p" ')
> > 
> > (shell quotes expansions automatically, but you can still ensure output
> > from find is appropriately quoted manually)
> Interesting.  I'm not sure what the eval is doing, but it works even
> with spaces in the filenames.  Unfortunately, it won't work with the
> OP's original scenario (a file with a list of filenames to edit).

eval just evaluates arguments and hence does the same argument splitting as 
shell does when it receives a command, you can see it if you do 'set -x' 
before running the command.  In this case eval gets two arguments: 'vim' and 
'"/some/dir/a" "/some/dir/b" ', after splitting the command run is vim 
"/some/dir/a" "/some/dir/b" (quoted) which is why spaces, etc. are preserved.

As for OP's original scenario, I left it out as you already answered it.  Note 
that there's also a shortcut for cat (without launching a subprocess):

  $ vim $(< listfile)

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