[CentOS] Feed a list of filenames to vim

Wed May 18 17:26:03 UTC 2011
Les Mikesell <lesmikesell at gmail.com>

On 5/18/2011 12:02 PM, Bowie Bailey wrote:
> On 5/18/2011 12:58 PM, Les Mikesell wrote:
>> On 5/18/2011 11:33 AM, Bowie Bailey wrote:
>>> On 5/18/2011 11:34 AM, Michael Gliwinski wrote:
>>>> Note that there's also a shortcut for cat (without launching a subprocess):
>>>>     $ vim $(<   listfile)
>>> That's one of those occasionally-useful tidbits that I will have
>>> completely forgotten about by the time I need to use it again!  :-)
>> Don't think of it as a special case.  It is a combination of two
>> generically useful simple operations.  Unix, the shell, and vi are all
>> about being able to reuse and combine simple steps instead of
>> special-casing everything.
> Right.  I was referring to the shell shortcut "$(<  filename)".  Simple -
> Useful - and probably forgotten by the time I need it again.

That's the same thing I meant.  It is $(command) which is the same as 
`command` where the output of the command replaces it on the command 
line before further evaluation.  That's something you can use 
frequently.   And '< filename' to control i/o redirection is something 
you can use even more frequently.  So it's like doing '20i- <esc>' 
inside of vi to insert a dashed line.  You don't have to know 
specifically that you can give a count with the insert command, you just 
know you can combine a count with any command.

   Les Mikesell
    lesmikesell at gmail.com