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I have a bash_file that operates on a latex file to produce a pdf.

#!/bin/bash
/usr/bin/pandoc/ filein.md -t beamer -o fileout.md ;
/usr/bin/pdflatex/ fileother.tex ;
/usr/bin/evince fileother.tex

If I execute in normal mode

! ./bash_file.sh

it works fine but I cannnot work in vim while I am viewing the pdf

I want to be in vim normal mode and have a command, that executes the .sh without disturbing my current buffer (so that I can keep working on the tex file). I want something that should work similar to leader-ll leader-lv commands in the vim latex-suite template.

How should I do this? Thanks :)

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If you start vim in a folder which contains the file foo.sh with the following content:

#!/bin/bash

echo "Output of the bash script"

You can open a new buffer (:enew for example) and execute the script and get it's output in this new buffer with the following command:

:read ! ./foo.sh

Your new buffer will contain:

Output of the bash script

read executes a command and insert its standard output below the cursor and ! executes a command in the shell (here the command is ./foo.sh).

Of course if you use it often you can make it a command:

    command! MyCommand enew | read ! ./test.sh

Then :MyCommand will open the new buffer and read the output of your script into the new buffer.

See

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  • This doesn't work for what I want to do :(. The last command on my bash file opens evince. read command indeed opens the pdf file but I cannot operate vim while evince is open. Moreover, when I close evince I get strange changes in the buffer that I execute the read command. – Hipparkhos Jan 21 '18 at 19:49
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    I can answer the second part of your question: launch evince as a sub-process from your shell command: evince your_file.pdf & or perhaps even evince your_file.pdf 2> /dev/null &. I would suggest editing your question with the steps that you took based on statox's answer, as well as showing an abbreviated version of your shell script. – Barton Chittenden Jan 21 '18 at 20:15
  • Barton is right editing your question should help us to answer you. And they are also right with the background idea :) – statox Jan 21 '18 at 20:37
  • @BartonChittenden starting evince as a sub-process works fine :) – Hipparkhos Jan 22 '18 at 13:52
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Before you execute your command, run

:term

This will open a shell in a buffer window. You can then run commands there, and then while those commands are running ^W back to a normal window. This does, admittedly, make it a little annoying to send CTRL-W to that window; you need to press a period after your CTRL-W. You can get more help on various keys available there using

:help ctrl-w_.

You can run different things in the terminal window instead of your default shell, including the command you were wanting to run.

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