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I am trying to combine several commands into a single mapping - (i) open a split window with a height of 15 lines, (ii) open an existing file in that window, (iii) move to the last line and char of that file, (iv) create a new blank line thereafter, (v) and enter insert mode.

This achieves (i) and (ii):

nnoremap <leader>n :15sp +$ $HOME/_notes/n0w<cr>

I've tried to extend upon it with:

nnoremap <leader>n :15sp +$A $HOME/path/to/file<cr>
nnoremap <leader>n :15sp +$ +A $HOME/path/to/file<cr>
nnoremap <leader>n :15sp +A +$  $HOME/path/to/file<cr>
nnoremap <leader>n :15sp +GA  $HOME/path/to/file<cr>

which has given the respective results:

E464: ambiguous use of user-defined command +$A
+A $/HOME/path/to/file [NEW DIRECTORY]
+S $/HOME/path/to/file [NEW DIRECTORY]
E492: not an editor command

I've also tried similar variations with +startinsert and +normal but not getting the desired result.

Would greatly appreciate help.

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No need to embed commands in the split. You can use multiple commands in a single mapping.

nnoremap <leader>n :15sp $HOME/_notes/n0w<cr>Go

After the split command is submitted with <cr>, this being nmap we can just specify Normal mode commands. Specifically, G for step (iii) (go to end of file) and o for steps (iv) and (v) (add a new line and enter Insert mode).

That's it.

(An assist to @JürgenKrämer for a shorter command and subsequent revelation that I have config/plugin issues.)

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  • Having said that about norm, Go is basically $put ='', right?
    – D. Ben Knoble
    Aug 27, 2019 at 4:10
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    Why use exe, norm and startinsert at all? nnoremap <leader>n :15sp $HOME/_notes/n0w<cr>Go works just as well. Aug 27, 2019 at 6:32
  • @JürgenKrämer Hmmm. Because that doesn't leave me in Insert mode. Maybe somethings wack here. Since I had to use startInsert I just kept it verbose but if I'm just bugged and don't need it then I agree that what you propose is much better. Looking into it. Thanks.
    – B Layer
    Aug 27, 2019 at 9:56
  • Just disabled all plugins and don't need startInsert. Wth?! I'm updating my answer b4 anything else. Thanks again.
    – B Layer
    Aug 27, 2019 at 9:59
  • Thank you. @BLayer answer has the brevity I had hoped for. Changed the ending Go for '<cr>GA<cr>` ,as the former moved the cursor one place in from the start of the line. Aug 27, 2019 at 11:24

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