I've been using vim for a long time and got used to issuing:


to peek at the command prompt behind the vim "window" working on Terminal.app in Mac OS where I can see old commands and their outputs.

I'm attempting to switch to neovim, but issuing just :! appears to behave differently and shows nothing but a blank line below the neovim command prompt.

Is there a way to see the former commands and output in neovim?

  • You may want :suspend or C-z
    – D. Ben Knoble
    Commented Jun 27, 2022 at 20:06
  • oh, I didn't think to do it that way. Then I can issue fg to go back. Not bad. Commented Jun 27, 2022 at 21:47

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I suggest :suspend or Ctrl-z, which put vim in the background, returning you to the shell from which you launched it. Then use your shell's normal job-control commands to return (e.g., fg).

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