How does one set a vim option when launching from bash or another shell?

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$ vim -c 'set ai'

See :h -c, :h startup and $ vim --help.

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    If you intend to open multiple windows (vim -O or vim -o) and want to set this command for all of them, use -c windo <option>. Example: vim -O -c 'windo set ai').
    – scai
    Apr 13, 2018 at 12:32
  • Example I would find useful: vim -c 'set wrap' /path/to/file.txt Jul 22, 2018 at 23:02
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    If you want to set multiple options, separate them with the pipe character, like vim -c 'set ai | set nowrap'
    – wisbucky
    Jun 24, 2019 at 22:48
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    Does set ai nowrap not work for you @wisbucky? You should be able to set multiple options with a single set command. Jun 28, 2019 at 14:07
  • @MartinTournoij Thanks, I didn't know about that! (Well, I guess my comment can still be helpful if you need to run different commands)
    – wisbucky
    Jun 28, 2019 at 20:14

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