I find myself wanting to use vimgrep without having an open vim session. Then, I usually open a blank vim session (by calling vim from the terminal) and then, for instance, :vim /pattern/ *.tex.

I was wondering whether there is a direct way to call vimgrep from the terminal and end up with an open vim session and a populated quickfix list.

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It concerns more shell than an editor. I guess, adding this to shell's profile should work

vimgrep() { $EDITOR "+vimgrep $1 $2" "+copen"; }

To call from terminal do not forget to put single quotation marks:

vimgrep '/pattern/' '*.tex'
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    $EDITOR might be anything, not even vim related. It should probably only be called with vim or nvim. Nov 25, 2019 at 12:43
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    @ChristianBrabandt Anyone who asks a question on this site while setting $EDITOR to smth. else should be persecuted ;-) Seriously, any other suggestion would be even less portable.
    – Matt
    Nov 25, 2019 at 12:59

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