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I want vim to launch rails console(it's like relp) within terminal windows when vim is launched on my project directory. To launch rails console, I need to run three commands like below and it's tedious.

vagrant up # launch virtual server. 
ssh xxxx@example.hoge # ssh into virtual server
cd xxxx/xxxx/ && bundle exec rails c # launch rails console. It runs on virtual server.

I could achieve this by adding some vimscript to vimrc.

  1. run vagrant up by jobstart
  2. :term in on_exit handler
  3. send the commands to the terminal by chansend in on_exit handler

But this approach has a problem. In this way :term create a window on the foreground. so if I edit files, they're hidden when :term is executed.

How could I create a terminal window in the background?

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I can work around this problem like this.

vsplit | term | close
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See the function term_start(); it creates a terminal window, which you can then :hide. I suppose :terminal followed by :hide also works. :vsplit should not be necessary, as :terminal and term_start() both create their own windows. If you want to avoid messing with the layout of the current tab, :tab terminal followed by :tabclose might be cleaner.

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  • Thanks for your reply. Sorry I didn't mention I use neovim. If I used vim, this solution is perfect! Jan 11 at 7:11
  • Everything except term_start() should be portable between the two. IIRC neovim’s :terminal just opens a new terminal window…
    – D. Ben Knoble
    Jan 11 at 13:34

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