While discussing in Campfire with James Golick today, James said he would prefer to have his output directly in Vim, our editor of choice. I initially said that since Vim isn’t Emacs and can’t support a live console, it wouldn’t work. James told me to think outside the box.

1 $ autotest &>tmp/autotest.out &
2 $ vim
3 # :e tmp/autotest.out

Yes, thinking outside the box, and knowing your tools makes it much easier. So far, I’m liking autotest output in Vim very much. It’s easy to navigate the output using Vim movement commands: /Person finds the errors in person, gf opens the named file, etc. All in all, this is a pretty good experience.


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