I would like to specify the startup command to run on the :terminal shell. E.g. bash -c ls. The shell can be specified with set shell=bash, but how to specify the arguments? In another use case, I need to specify the shell used by WSL on Windows (wsl -e fish) with set shell=wsl (which currently opens bash by default).

  • Welcome to Vi and Vim! In general, :help :terminal contains lots of helpful details. You might also be interested in How to navigate :help
    – D. Ben Knoble
    Jan 17, 2021 at 17:09
  • you can check for $VIM_TERMINAL at the end of .bashrc and run the commands there
    – balki
    Oct 26, 2023 at 15:56

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It can be done with :terminal $SHELL $CUSTOM $ARGS.

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    I believe you can also do :terminal ++shell {args}
    – D. Ben Knoble
    Jan 17, 2021 at 14:24

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