Vim features a
:mksession command to write a file containing the current
state of Vim: window positions, open folds, stuff like that. For most of my
existence, I found the interface way too awkward and manual to be useful, but
I've recently discovered that the only thing standing between me and simple,
no-hassle Vim sessions is a few tweaks:
- Instead of making me remember to capture the session immediately before
exiting Vim, allow me to do it at any time, and automatically re-invoke
:mksessionimmediately before exit.
- Also invoke
:mksessionwhenever the layout changes (in particular, on
BufEnter), so that even if Vim exits abnormally, I'm good to go.
- If I load an existing session, automatically keep it updated as above.
- If I try to create a new session on top of an existing session, don't refuse to overwrite it. Just do what I mean.
- If I pass in a directory rather than a file name, just create a
Session.viminside of it.
- Don't capture options and maps. Options are sometimes mutilated and maps just interfere with updating plugins.
:Obsess (with optional file/directory name) to start recording to a
session file and
:Obsess! to stop and throw it away. That's it. Load a
session in the usual manner:
vim -S, or
There's also an indicator you can put in
If you don't have a preferred installation method, I recommend installing pathogen.vim, and then simply copy and paste:
cd ~/.vim/bundle git clone git://github.com/tpope/vim-obsession.git vim -u NONE -c "helptags vim-obsession/doc" -c q
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