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gvim 8 1-26 / windows 10

I'd like to use Windows Subsystem Linux (WSL)'s bash shell as a gvim's terminal instead of cmd.

So if I type in command potion of gvim: :!.\test.sh, it will echo result inside of gvim terminal - wsl's bash shell (not open a cmd window, login to bash, and then run test.sh).

Expected result would be similar to run vim inside a terminal in a linux distribution (for i.e vim under urxvt-unicode)

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GVim is a 32-bit application and WSL must run on 64 bit. On Windows 10 you can use GVim with WSL if you add the following to your vimrc file:

if has("windows")
    set shell=C:\Windows\Sysnative\wsl.exe
    set shellpipe=|
    set shellredir=>
    set shellcmdflag=
endif
  • This is golden answer, now cmd window won't pop-up each time I run a shell command. I have two questions: 1. it's a bit slow to complete the command - can we speed it up? 2. I try some plugins that would use .exe for stuff for i.e: tagbar plugin, echo error when try to invoke .exe file on window, obviously because we're redirecting to another shell wsl.exe, then I try to install ctags ver5.9 on wsl, manually tags a file under wsl: > ctags myfile.py. Back to gvim/windows toggle Tagbar gave no tags found. – Tuyen Pham Jun 9 '18 at 5:15
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You should be able to accomplish this simply by assigning to the 'shell' setting the path of whatever Bash binary you are using.

I have a similar setup with Gvim + Cygwin and this is what I have in my _vimrc file...

set shell=c:\cygwin64\bin\bash.exe

You may need to add a bit extra if the bare shell launched by the above has, let's say, an empty PATH environment variable. For example, you could specify a bash init file like this...

set shell='c:\cygwin64\bin\bash.exe --rcfile /foo/bar/mybashrc'

...and define PATH in mybashrc.

There's an earlier answer of mine that touches upon a somewhat related topic that you can read if you need more help choosing the correct bash parameters.

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