Lets say I run the external very_long_taking_command like this:


and I get the output in this Vim Terminal where it says "Press ENTER or type command to continue".

When I press ENTER it goes away. But what if I want to see the output again? What do I do? I don't want to run the command again...

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I would do:

:term very_long_taking_command

If your very_long_taking_command is dos command you could have to do:

:term cmd /c very_long_taking_dos_command

Remark: if it is very long and you don't want to freeze Vim you could use an asynchronous runner like asyncrun and do:

:AsyncRun very_long_taking_command

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  • that is definitely the best way, but there was also a way which you could do after executing the command^^
    – Bog
    Oct 11, 2023 at 13:03
  • I'm afraid if the command ran in a dos box or shell box the output is lost after the shell quit :-| Oct 11, 2023 at 13:07
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    I am like 95% sure there was a way. I learned that years ago when I started using vim but completely forgot about it and just remembered recently. I will let you know if I find it again :)
    – Bog
    Oct 11, 2023 at 16:08
  • Omg found it: g<. It was in one really really old vim_notes.md file on my backup server :DD
    – Bog
    Oct 11, 2023 at 16:19
  • Nice! but for a shell command on Windows at least it do not display the output of the command, only the command itself. Oct 11, 2023 at 16:23

The Solution is to use g<.

From the Official Vim Documentation:

If you accidentally hit <Enter> or <Space> and you want to see the displayed text then use g<. This only works when 'more' is set.

Read more: :help g<

Note: Works in Neovim only. In gVim + Windows it only shows you the command not the output.

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