I want to have swap files for manual inspection if needed, i.e. I don't want ViM to ask me every time I have a swap file if I want to recover / edit, etc. but I do want to have the option to manually pop up this prompt when I want to (e.g. when I had a shutdown before saving)

Is it possible? Didn't find what I was looking when I read :help backup, :help swap

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    Does this answer your question? vim: (E)dit anyway without prompting
    – Biggybi
    Apr 28, 2022 at 10:35
  • Almost, thanks! The only issue is that even after hitting "e" it sometimes bugs out. I don't want it to even start the prompt Apr 28, 2022 at 12:28
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    If I add the autocmd from the answer Biggybi linked then I don't get any prompt nor do I need to press any key; I'm not sure what you mean with "after hitting e" or what prompt you still see @CIsForCookies? I'm using Vim 8.2.4827 by the way (which is very new), so maybe it has to do with your version? Apr 28, 2022 at 12:34

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I think that I have already implemented this functionality.

set shortmess+=A

au SwapExists * nested call OnSwap() 
function! OnSwap()
    let swap_info = swapinfo(v:swapname)
    echo "Recovery exist " . strftime("%Y %b %d %X",swap_info['mtime']) 
    let v:swapcommand='e'

The first command doesn't display the message.

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