I want the behavior of :vnew term://make ts run-server but using the make command instead of invoking term. I have tried :make ts run-server | vert copen but that still takes over the entire terminal until it's finished, and then it opens a vertically split buffer, but I want it to open a vertically split buffer and have all the output in that new buffer only.

As for why I want this, 2 reasons: 1) I'm curious how to do it, and 2) using term doesn't give me the quickfix list.

EDIT: I want to do this without plugins. If this functionality isn't possible without a plugin, I will content myself with :vnew term://make ts run-server.

  • Related: How to capture errors from make in terminal window
    – Matt
    Feb 20, 2020 at 15:51
  • @Matt You're right, that is very related. Looks like it isn't really possible :(
    – Jason
    Feb 20, 2020 at 16:58
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    That's possible with the help of jobs API. But, in practice, that will result in some sort of lightweight re-implementation of the corresponding plugins (AsyncRun, vim-dispatch etc.).
    – Matt
    Feb 20, 2020 at 17:45

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Your first command was closer: :vnew makes a new vertical window. :vertical is the modifier that changes how other commands work:

:vertical terminal make ts run-server

Will get you the terminal. If you want that and the quickfix list, try tpope's Dispatch plugin:

:Dispatch make ts run-server
  • Thanks for the suggestions. Actually :vertical terminal make ts run-server is different from :vnew term://make ts run-server, and as such does not do what I want. I'd prefer not to use a plugin for this because I'm fairly certain this should be possible without a plugin. If it requires a plugin then I just won't do this at all.
    – Jason
    Feb 20, 2020 at 16:07
  • @JasonFry the :vert terminal make is the way to go without a plugin, however your use of term:// makes it sound like you are using neovim, so the command might be a bit different there. Feb 20, 2020 at 16:28
  • @ChristianBrabandt You're correct, I'm using neovim and :vertical terminal make ts run-server behaves differently from :vnew term://make ts run-server. Are you saying this isn't possible without invoking term? That's a bummer.
    – Jason
    Feb 20, 2020 at 16:58
  • @JasonFry vert term simply doesn't work in Neovim. But that's not a problem, as you can always do vnew | term ... etc.
    – Matt
    Feb 20, 2020 at 17:42
  • @JasonFry There are other ways, like capturing the output of system and put it in a new buffer or similar. But the built-in terminal is the most straight forward way. Feb 21, 2020 at 6:55

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