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
:Bwipeout commands that behave like well designed citizens:
- Close and remove the buffer.
- Show another file in that window.
- Show an empty file if you've got no other files open.
- Do not leave useless
[no file]buffers if you decide to edit another file in that window.
- Work even if a file's open in multiple windows.
- Work 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):
:Bwipeout respectively. 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>
Buffer delete vs wipeout
Vim has two commands for closing a buffer:
:bwipeout. The former removes the file from the buffer list, clears its options, variables and mappings. However, it remains in the jumplist, so
Ctrl-o takes you back and reopens the file. If that's not what you want, use
:bwipeout or Bbye's equivalent
:Bwipeout where you would've used
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