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I know that you can pass several flags to vim at startup.

For example: the -w flags enables to records every keystrokes on the file output.

vi -w output 

But I wonder if there is a way of doing this from the vimrc file, without having the -w flag at vim startup.

More generally : how can I specify a vim flag/option from within the vimrc ?

  • Record a macro in a register, with q. Then, paste the register content to a file. :h -w hints to the complex-repeat section, which actually describes the Vim macro system. In general, you read :h starting.txt and hope to find there and indication to the corresponding vimrc option :) – VanLaser Aug 10 '15 at 11:54
  • Hello, I saw this it could be a workaround but I don't find it satisfying... Meanwhile I updated my question to make it more generic – nobe4 Aug 10 '15 at 11:56
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    As far as I know, you can't. But you can create a shell alias, which has roughly the same effect. – Martin Tournoij Aug 10 '15 at 12:05
  • I didn't wanted to do so ... but I might find that I have no other choice ... What do you think about creating a script that would reload vim with appropriated flags ? – nobe4 Aug 10 '15 at 12:06
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    I'm not sure if that's possible from Vim. You can use ! and system(), but both will leave the original process in place (it doesn't replace the original Vim process). You could do it with a wrapper shell script of course, but that doesn't seem easier than a shell alias. – Martin Tournoij Aug 10 '15 at 13:27
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This is not possible.

If the -w or -W flags are given, Vim will set the scriptout variable to a filehandle (main.c, command_line_scan(), around line 2374). This variable is referenced in only 2 other places; getchar.c for writing to the file, and message.c, to work around a problem which causes a character to be recorded twice.

The only viable options I see are either a shell alias, or a wrapper script which calls Vim with the -w flags.

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(This solution only works if you want to save your keystrokes to a single file)

You could alias it in your bash_profile, bash_rc, whichever one declares your path variables. This is one I did for ls:

alias ls="ls -pla"

So yours would be

alias vi="vi -w [output]"
  • Thanks for your answer but as discussed in the comments, the solution I wanted should not require an alias. – nobe4 Aug 12 '15 at 9:59

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