So i am using abduco. I have an abduco session and lets say I reattach to it at a later point. Then, for some reason, I am not able to move around in vim. Specifically the mouse and the keys stop working. This can probably be fixed in abduco (I don't know though). But I did notice that if I quit vim and started it again then I was able to navigate using the keys and mouse. So I wanted to know if there was a quick way to restart vim with all the windows as they are.

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    :mksession and :source Session.vim ?
    – Maxim Kim
    Mar 10, 2020 at 12:14
  • Thanks. It worked.
    – Samarth S
    Mar 10, 2020 at 12:40

1 Answer 1


The best move here is to use sessions. As @Maxim Kim notes in the comments, one way to do that is with :mksession and :source Session.vim.

But I'll show you two other tricks.

  1. vim has a -S flag that can be used to source an arbitrary vimscript file; it defaults to Session.vim—so this means you can just type vim -S in your shell to start back from a session!
  2. I actually use a (bash) function in my shell for this same trick:
vs () { 
  if (($# > 0)); then
    local session="$1"
    vim "$@" -S "$session"
    vim -S
  1. I use tpope’s Obsession for easy session management. It has a host of benefits, but the main ones include

    • automatic session updating,
    • saves only the relevant stuff
    • a statusline indicator to let me know when I'm actually using a obsession session

From its README (10th March 2020):

  • Instead of making me remember to capture the session immediately before exiting Vim, allow me to do it at any time, and automatically re-invoke :mksession immediately before exit.
  • Also invoke :mksession whenever the layout changes (in particular, on BufEnter), so that even if Vim exits abnormally, I'm good to go.
  • If I load an existing session, automatically keep it updated as above.
  • If I try to create a new session on top of an existing session, don't refuse to overwrite it. Just do what I mean.
  • If I pass in a directory rather than a file name, just create a Session.vim inside of it.
  • Don't capture options and maps. Options are sometimes mutilated and maps just interfere with updating plugins.

Use :Obsess (with optional file/directory name) to start recording to a session file and :Obsess! to stop and throw it away. That's it. Load a session in the usual manner: vim -S, or :source it.

There's also an indicator you can put in 'statusline', 'tabline', or 'titlestring'. See :help obsession-status.

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    Answer could use more details. Link to plug-in? What does this plug-in do? What's the advantage it offers over manually managing your sessions with :mksession? Any caveats to be aware of?
    – filbranden
    Mar 10, 2020 at 15:04
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    I'm genuinely curious! 😁 I haven't been a user of sessions or of this plug-in, so I'd relish the opportunity to get your take on it, since I already knew you're a fan.
    – filbranden
    Mar 10, 2020 at 17:34
  • @delete-vote can probably be retracted now?
    – D. Ben Knoble
    Mar 11, 2020 at 1:57
  • Thanks! (I haven't voted to delete it... Don't see that vote, myself.)
    – filbranden
    Mar 11, 2020 at 1:59
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    @filbranden perhaps only I can see it bc I wrote the post? Anyway, not worried :P
    – D. Ben Knoble
    Mar 11, 2020 at 1:59

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