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There is no :shell command in neovim. :terminal opens a shell without previous output, while :shell contains all the output of the parent shell and all previous shells. Is there any way to emulate :shell behavior with :term?

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    It would be useful to give us more details on your use case and why you want :shell instead of :terminal. Maybe using CTRL-z to put neovim in background and then using fg to bring it back would be what you want? :h CTRL-Z – statox Apr 23 at 7:14
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As @statox mentioned, you can use CTRL-z. If you want to spawn a new shell from vim, as :shell does, you can do: :!sh, :!bash, :!zsh (pick your favourite), which has pretty much the same effect as :shell.

  • There are no such commands in my (recent) neovim – ephemerr Apr 29 at 5:13
  • My apologies, I forgot a very important ! in the commands! – padawin Apr 29 at 7:50
  • thanks @padawin - but when I enter :!sh in nvim I just see "Press ENTER or type command to continue" in the status line, but not the interactive shell I get when entering :shell in vim (or also :!sh). Any ideas? – Red Pill Oct 25 at 8:00
  • :! will not work with interactive commands. The closest you will get to vim's :shell is probably using CTRL-z. – crater2150 Oct 25 at 11:14

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