I want to open a terminal buffer in a vertical split.

If i try :vertical split terminal I get a buffer named 'terminal', not a terminal buffer.

I recently learned I could do :vertical split +terminal to open a terminal buffer, but I have not been able to find the help docs explaining what the + is doing.

What does the '+' mean, is it specific to terminal buffers or is it a more generic thing?


I also just realized I can do :vertical split | terminal to get the same behavior (at least I think its the same).

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Should have looked a bit harder before asking, I found my answer:

:help +cmd

                            *+cmd* *[+cmd]*
The [+cmd] argument can be used to position the cursor in the newly opened
file, or execute any other command:
    +       Start at the last line.
    +{num}      Start at line {num}.
    +/{pat}     Start at first line containing {pat}.
    +{command}  Execute {command} after opening the new file.
                {command} is any Ex command.
  • These also work in the command line, e.g. type vim system.log + to open system.log and jump to the end of the file.
    – yyny
    Mar 25, 2022 at 17:41

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