Bbye (Buffer Bye) for Vim
Bbye allows you to do delete buffers (close files) without closing your windows or messing up your layout.
Vim by default closes all windows that have the buffer (file) open when you do
:bdelete. If you've just got your splits and columns perfectly tuned, having them messed up equals a punch in the face and that's no way to tango.
Bbye gives you a
:Bdelete command that behaves like a well designed citizen:
- Closes and removes the buffer.
- Shows another file in that window.
- Shows an empty file if you've got no other files open.
- Does not leave useless
[no file]buffers if you decide to edit another file in that window.
- Works even if a file's open in multiple windows.
- Works a-okay with various buffer explorers and tabbars.
Regain your throne as king of buffers!
The easiest and most modular way is to download Bbye to
mkdir -p ~/.vim/bundle/bbye
git clone https://github.com/moll/vim-bbye.git ~/.vim/bundle/bbye
wget https://github.com/moll/vim-bbye/archive/master.tar.gz -O- | tar -xf- --strip-components 1 -C ~/.vim/bundle/bbye
Then prepend that directory to Vim's
&runtimepath (or use Pathogen):
Instead of using
Fortunately autocomplete helps by sorting
:Bdelete before its lowercase brother.
As it's likely you'll be using
:Bdelete often, make a shortcut to
\q, for example, to save time. Throw this to your
:nnoremap <Leader>q :Bdelete<CR>
Closing all open buffers and files
Occasionally you'll want to close all open buffers and files while leaving your pristine window setup as is. That's easy. Just do:
Aliasing to :Bclose
If you've used any
Bclose.vim scripts before and for some reason need the
:Bclose command to exist, you may make an alias:
command! -bang -complete=buffer -nargs=? Bclose Bdelete<bang> <args>
Bbye is released under a Lesser GNU Affero General Public License, which in summary means:
- You can use this program for no cost.
- You can use this program for both personal and commercial reasons.
- You do not have to share your own program's code which uses this program.
- You have to share modifications (e.g bug-fixes) you've made to this program.
For more convoluted language, see the