I'm often using grep to search for patterns and then opening the file with vim.

For example I've the following result in my shell:

interactions/BlockInteraction.js:38:                    .concat(this.prompt.postRender({}, '', renderer))
Container.js:151:        postRender : function(data, altClassName, renderer){
Container.js:156:                    return typeof elt.postRender === 'function';
Container.js:159:                    return elt.postRender(data, '', renderer);

What would enhance my productivity would be to be able to open a file with vim using the path:line pattern :

vim interactions/BlockInteraction.js:38 

Is there a way to do achieve that ?

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    You mean: instead of opening it with vim interactions/BlockInteraction.js +38 ? Jul 14, 2015 at 11:39
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    @Duikboot That doesn't generalize to opening multiple files. Jul 14, 2015 at 13:28
  • grep, awk and something else for construct properly command line? Or looking/writing vim script for this task?
    – Alex Kroll
    Jul 14, 2015 at 13:47

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You can use the relatively popular file-line plugin. Note that this plugin seems relatively unmaintained, and there exists several forks. I have a personal fork where I've made some minor updates and fixed a couple of small bugs, see here.

  • I've just checked the network on original plugin and it seems that it's once more active. Maybe you could pull your fixes into the main repo?
    – P4C
    Jan 17, 2018 at 8:09
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    I'll consider it, thanks for notifying me. Jan 17, 2018 at 14:46
  • I think my fork has deviated too much, and I don't have the time to convert all of it to a well defined pull request. Thus instead I took the changes from bogado/file-line that seemed relevant and applied them to my fork. Works for me. Jan 18, 2018 at 21:48

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