I’ve been using a bash function for launching vim for quite a while. I can do things like vij edit.jsp and it would find the edit.jsp and launch vim. The original version looked like this:

vij ()
find . -name "$1" -exec vim {} \;

The problem would occur when there were more than one file named edit.jsp. Running find . -name edit.jsp yielded four files:

find . -name edit.jsp

vij would exec vim for each of the files found. This is not what I wanted, I only wanted to edit the third one. So with a little hacking I updated it to prompt me if it found more than one, so I could choose the one I wanted.

vij edit.jsp

Multiple matches found...
1: ./code/webapp/WEB-INF/pages/activationkeys/edit.jsp
2: ./code/webapp/WEB-INF/pages/errata/edit.jsp
3: ./code/webapp/WEB-INF/pages/kickstart/wizard/profile/advanced/edit.jsp
4: ./code/webapp/WEB-INF/pages/channel/manage/edit.jsp
5: ./code/webapp/WEB-INF/pages/systems/probes/edit.jsp
q: Quit


Simply add this to your $HOME/.bashrc and you’ll be all set.

vij ()
    dafiles=$(find . -type f -name "$1")
    matches=$(echo $dafiles | gawk '{print NF}')

    case "$matches" in
           echo "No matches found"
           echo "Multiple matches found..."
           for option in $dafiles
              echo "$i: $option"
              i=`expr $i + 1`
           echo "q: Quit"
           read -p "? " ans
           if [ "q" == "$ans" ]; then
              show=$(echo $dafiles | gawk '{print $"'"$ans"'"}')

    if [ "" != "$show" ]; then
       vim $show

5 thoughts on “vij

  1. How about that:

    vim `find . -name "$1" -print`

    This will open all the files and you can use :n and :prev to navigate forward and backwards.

  2. This is awesome. I’ve had the exact same script as your original version for years (except for emacs and I called it “femacs”) but I never looked into fixing the multiple file issue. I’d just watch as they all popped up. I have to give this a try.

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