Is it possible to suppress messages in vim that are coming from the system or shell? E.g. message from sysadmin or batch queue messages when jobs complete.

Note that I want to specify this at the vim command line or in .vimrc, NOT at the shell or system level. I am using an obscure operating system (OpenVMS) so answers specific to Windows, Linux, or MacOS will unfortunately not be helpful to me.

The rationale, if it matters: I'll often have a large number of batch jobs complete which writes over my text in vim and I have to repeatedly hit Ctrl-L to refresh the screen. I don't want to turn off the messages at the system or shell level because I want to see them. I just don't want them messing up my text in vim.

In a different editor the system messages would display at the bottom of the window without screwing up the text so if anyone knows how to make vim do that, I would also consider accepting that as an answer.


This is what worked for me based on the comments of @Carpetsmoker and @Mass (thanks to both!)

Added these lines to .vimrc:

autocmd VimEnter * silent ! set broadcast=none
autocmd VimLeave * silent ! set broadcast=all

This simply turns messages off when you start vim, and then turns them back on when you exit vim. set broadcast=xxx is specific to OpenVMS but I imagine this would work for linux/windows/mac if you substituted the appropriate command.

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  • For completeness, you're saying autocmd VimEnter * silent !set broadcast=none produced a "Press ENTER" message? – Mass Sep 29 '17 at 0:19
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    Ah, okay. FYI: silent must precede each command it is to make silent, by itself it does nothing. So, autocmd VimEnter * silent !set broadcast=none may have worked, but putting silent on a separate line will definitely not work, as expected. – Mass Sep 29 '17 at 2:13
  • @Mass Thanks! You are exactly correct about that. I have edited it to reflect that. I initially misunderstood what you were saying. – JohnE Sep 29 '17 at 2:46

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