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Sometimes I see a window open with name scratch.

I know it is some kind of temporary buffer/window.

How can I crate one?

:h scratch returns nothing.

7

It is probably a scratch buffer, which can be named. From the help:

scratch

Contains text that can be discarded at any time. It is kept when closing the window, it must be deleted explicitly. Settings: >

      :setlocal buftype=nofile
      :setlocal bufhidden=hide
      :setlocal noswapfile
  The buffer name can be used to identify the buffer, if you give it a meaningful name.

This can be found in :help special-buffers.

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    which :h command used to access this help? – wizzup Feb 8 '17 at 13:33
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    :h buffer, then read down through "Special kinds of buffers". You were on the right track. – wbogacz Feb 8 '17 at 13:36
2

I remember a vim tip (which has been migrated to vim.wikia) on the subject.

The latest version of the function I use to create scratch buffers also sets:

  • 'buflisted' to false
  • 'readonly'

(From my VimL library plugin: lh-vim-lib)

function! lh#buffer#scratch(bname, where) abort
  try
    set modifiable
    " The next function takes care of working around this damn E36
    call lh#window#create_window_with(a:where.' sp '.escape(substitute(a:bname, '\*', '...', 'g'), '#%'))
  catch /.*/
    throw "Can't open a buffer named '".a:bname."'!"
  endtry
  setlocal bt=nofile bh=wipe nobl noswf ro
  return bufnr('%')
endfunction

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