In neovim, my code compiles and runs fine with this command:
:term clang++ main.cpp -o main && ./main , but not in vim.

When I run it in Vim the code neither compiles nor executes. I get the following error:

clang-10: error: no such file or directory: '&&'

but when I do :term, and inside it run clang++ main.cpp -o main && ./main, it works.

  • Welcome to Vi and Vim! Can you edit to be more specific with what you’re typing before you get the error? – D. Ben Knoble Oct 23 '20 at 13:39
  • Thank you @D.BenKnoble!! Edited. – Lucas Martins Soares Oct 23 '20 at 13:48
  • && is a shell construct, so you need to run a shell that runs your clang command. – Christian Brabandt Oct 25 '20 at 17:35

I don’t believe (though I can’t find reference to prove it) that :terminal in vim wraps the passed command in a shell. So to use shell features you need, e.g.,

terminal sh -c "clang++ main.cpp -o main && ./main"

By itself, however, :terminal starts 'shell', which is usually $SHELL.

  • Not work. =/ main.cpp: -c: line 0: unexpected EOF while looking for matching `'' main.cpp: -c: line 1: syntax error: unexpected end of file – Lucas Martins Soares Oct 23 '20 at 14:07
  • It works. Thank you!! Can you edit your answer? – Lucas Martins Soares Oct 23 '20 at 15:03

I download the source code of vim from the vim repository on github:


compile and install with:

make && make install

and the previous command works:

:term clang++ main.cpp -o main && ./main
  • @D.BenKnoble Better? – Lucas Martins Soares Oct 23 '20 at 16:12
  • Sure. I guess some recent version used the shell, and yours didn't? FWIW, mine doesn't (8.2.1800) – D. Ben Knoble Oct 23 '20 at 16:19
  • apparently this is it. I recompiled vim because the vim --version command showed -clipboard and I like to copy to the clipboard with yy. And consequently fixed the original problem. – Lucas Martins Soares Oct 23 '20 at 17:18
  • I have +clipboard, but who knows – D. Ben Knoble Oct 23 '20 at 17:32

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