I am trying to map the F10 key with theterminal bash % command so I can execute the current open file with bash in a split pane setup (this functions works). The problem is when I try to add the key combo CTRL-W R to swap the vim pane positions in the mapping, the positions do not swap. When I type CTRL-W R manually, it works.

This is the line that I have in my .vimrc

nnoremap <F10> :terminal bash % <cr> <C-w> <C-r>

I have also tried adding a pipe and changing noremap to map but that did not solve anything.

map <F10> :terminal bash % <cr> | <C-w> r


Is is there a way to combine Vim commands (eg :terminal bash %) with CTRL-W R in a single nnoremap line?

  • You should keep the <C-w>... commands for normal mode operations since it's a normal mode command. In the command like you should try to use :h :wincmd instead (this is why this command exists). Otherwise the right approach to execute normal mode commands in the command line is to use :h :normal
    – statox
    Feb 23, 2023 at 15:58
  • If you don't include the spaces (:nnoremap <f10> :terminal bash %<enter><C-w>r) does it work?
    – D. Ben Knoble
    Feb 23, 2023 at 18:39
  • Hi @Luna we are trying to answer your question fully :-) Are you still searching a solution at your problem? Could precise what is not already answered? Feb 26, 2023 at 5:19
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    @statox - I just discovered :wincmd thanks!
    – Luna
    Feb 27, 2023 at 12:10
  • I have discovered the problem. My script took about 5 seconds to fully execute with :terminal bash %. tThat paned seemed to have been locked which prevented <C-w>r. It also prevented me from typing any command with : . I would have to CTRL-WW to go back to the original pane to swap positions.
    – Luna
    Feb 27, 2023 at 12:15

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I would propose:

nnoremap <F10> :terminal bash % <cr>:wincmd r<cr>

As @Matt mention in his comment :wincmd r is the command that is equivalent to Ctrl wr.

  • Perhaps an explanation could accompany the proposal?
    – D. Ben Knoble
    Feb 23, 2023 at 18:51

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