I use gf to open "filename.h" from line like:

#include "filename.h"

in some C\C++ file.

Sometimes there is more than one "filename.h" that gf command can find in path. But gf gets me to the first file it finds - sometimes that's not what I want.

Is there a way to open the next file matching that name?

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    gf accepts a count, so you can try 2gf. Is that what you want?
    – muru
    Commented Apr 19, 2017 at 8:49
  • Didn't expect that - but it works. Any idea if it's possible to cycle through the results? Commented Apr 19, 2017 at 10:53
  • @muru please add your comment as an answer so I can mark it as the correct response. Don't think there is anything better out of the box. Commented Apr 20, 2017 at 10:22

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From :h gf:

                                                       gf E446 E447
[count]gf               Edit the file whose name is under or after the cursor.
                        If a [count] is given, the count'th file that is found
                        in the 'path' is edited.

So you can do 2gf.

To browse the list of matches is trickier. The only way I found was to use use :find and Vim's command-line tab completion:

:find <cfile>Tab

Vim will cycle through matches and <cfile>:

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    Shouldn't that be <cfile>? <cfile> is replaced with the path name under the cursor (like what gf uses)
    – Shahbaz
    Commented Apr 21, 2017 at 2:08
  • @Shahbaz indeed, corrected.
    – muru
    Commented Apr 21, 2017 at 2:14

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