I'm using Neovim 0.3.7. I have a default session file that loads up a number of files I'm working on at the moment. To save and load the sessions I have the following custom commands defined:

let sessionlocation = maindir.'/basetest.vim'
exe 'command Sdfs mks' sessionlocation
exe 'command Ldfs source' sessionlocation

This worked fine when I first saved the session. But now I have closed some tabs and opened some new ones and I want the current file layout to be the default session. When I try to run :Sdfs I get the error message:

E189 "..." exists (add ! to overwrite)

where ... is the session file directory. That makes sense. But when I run :Sdfs! I get another error message:

E447: No ! allowed

How can I allow ! in my custom command so that I can overwrite my default session file?

  • Note that I am running Windows 10. I have tested this behaviour with nvim opened as administrator and the behaviour persists.
    – Moustache
    Commented Jul 10, 2019 at 23:52
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    exe 'command! Sdfs mks' sessionlocation exe 'command! Ldfs source' sessionlocation
    – Alex Kroll
    Commented Jul 10, 2019 at 23:55
  • Thanks I tried the modification but unfortunately the problem persists.
    – Moustache
    Commented Jul 11, 2019 at 0:02

1 Answer 1


E189 "..." exists (add ! to overwrite) is reported by :h :mksession if session file exists , add ! after mks should fix that:

exe 'command Sdfs mks!' sessionlocation

If you want to pass ! from Sdfs to mks, use this:

exe 'command -bang Sdfs mks<bang>' sessionlocation

:h :command-bang
:h <bang>

  • Thanks, the first one I really should have thought of, the second one is completely new to me and very interesting. I confirmed both work on my system and went with the latter solution in the end as it seems like good practice to have to explicitly overwrite.
    – Moustache
    Commented Jul 11, 2019 at 0:07

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