I am using Vim 8 in WSL Ubuntu. While copying text into a file the terminal crashed. I don't believe it is the WSL as Task Manager does not show 'Not Responding'.

I have tried using this answer which works on new terminals but not on the one that crashed, where it simply does nothing.

I can see the unsaved text on the unresponsive terminal running Vim and the vim -r command tells me process ID: 1062 (still running) but when opened with the read only option the unsaved text is not there.

Is there a way to recover this file?

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It turns out that the problem was with WSL after all. I followed this answer and pressed Ctrl+C this made the terminal responsive again allowing me to save my file. Also here to add, fullscreen On Off shortcut F11 will always fix crash.

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