• How can I type something in there?
  • What even is the name of this thing?


If you type in for example

:!echo 'Hello World'

This kinda terminal thing pops up

I want to interact with it instead of it going away after the first key press. Example:

:!python3 -c 'input("Type a Number:")'

From the command above I get an Error.

I don't want to use the :terminal or any work arounds, I just want to know if this is possible^^

Thanks for your help :)

  • that's exactly the :terminal use case here Commented May 16, 2023 at 12:36
  • @ChristianBrabandt So it is not possible? Okay^^
    – Bog
    Commented May 16, 2023 at 13:42
  • I don't know if there are other ways to achieve this. I am merely telling you that you have found the :terminal use case here Commented May 16, 2023 at 15:08

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There is a big difference between Vim and NeoVim when it comes to :!: the former runs the command in a shell-like environment, with stdin/stdout connected to the (p)TTY. The latter runs the subprocess in a "non-interactive" environment: essentially, no input is possible.

In both Vims you can use :terminal to have full interactivity; in NeoVim, this is the only builtin option.

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