I used the command :Texplore to rename a file in vim's file explorer. I closed the buffer that read the old file name into memory, then opened the new file name using a new instance of vim only to find the contents of the file have been wiped.

  • Is there a way to recover the contents of this file?
  • I assumed that renaming a file in the vim file explorer simply abstracted mv SOURCE DEST, so why is the command R in vim's file explorer overwriting a file instead of renaming the file? In such a case shouldn't vim prompt before overwriting?

I should stick to unix file system tools next time to ensure safety when managing files

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