Thanks to @muru I was able to run and output the data to QuickRun by the :make command and this setting in my .vimrc:

set makeprg=/vagrant/my_project/app/Console/cake\ test\ app\ Console/Command/FeedParseShell

But I have to press Enter several times to get back to the vim editor and open the output by typing :copen. Is there a way to skip this steps and get the output without typing :copen?

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    Separate questions, separate posts, please. What happens if you do :silent! make | copen?
    – muru
    Commented Feb 16, 2016 at 11:06
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    @muru +1 Again, thank you mate :) silent & pipe does the trick. Only one question remain - how can I run it with FindRootDirectory()? I did create separate question vi.stackexchange.com/questions/6508/… ^^
    – whitesiroi
    Commented Feb 16, 2016 at 11:09

2 Answers 2


If you are ok with no stdin functionality, you could use this entry in the Vim wikia page.

command! -complete=shellcmd -nargs=+ Shell call RunShellCommand(<q-args>)
function! RunShellCommand(cmdline)
  let isfirst = 1
  let words = []
  for word in split(a:cmdline)
    if isfirst
      let isfirst = 0
      if word[0] =~ '\v[%#<]'
        let word = expand(word)
      let word = shellescape(word, 1)
    call add(words, word)
  let expand_cmdline = join(words)
  botright new
  setlocal buftype=nofile bufhidden=wipe nobuflisted noswapfile nowrap
  call setline(1, 'You entered: ' . a:cmdline)
  call setline(2, 'Expanded to: ' . expand_cmdline)
  call append(line('$'), substitute(getline(2), '.', '=', 'g'))
  silent execute '$read !'. expand_cmdline

This command is great for running an autonomous command and getting the response in its own scratch buffer. :RunShellCommand cmake test app Console/CommandFeedParserShell I use this for all the other non-make situations when I don't want to write the output to my current buffer (a la :!command).


If you are using vim 8 / neovim, maybe you can try asyncrun:


as a replacement to vim-dispatch/quickrun with better user experience and expansibility.

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  • Easy to use, just start your background command by :AsyncRun (just like old "!" cmd).
  • Command is done in the background, no need to wait for the entire process to finish.
  • Output are displayed in the quickfix window, errors are matched with errorformat.
  • You can explore the error output immediately or keep working in vim while executing.
  • Ring the bell or play a sound to notify you job finished while you're focusing on editing.
  • Fast and lightweight, just a single self-contained asyncrun.vim source file.
  • Provide corresponding user experience in vim, neovim, gvim and macvim.

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