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How can I open vim with a particular line number at the top?

Posted by: admin November 30, 2017 Leave a comment

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I know it is possible to have vim open a file at particular line number using this syntax:

vim +500 filename

However, I would like it to open with the specified line at the top of the editor window, not in the middle.

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You could issue zt after opening the file, so something like: vim +500 filename -c 'normal zt'.

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This should do it:

vim +'500|norm! zt' filename

Or you could just start the habit of using zt (top), zz (center), and zb (bottom); In my case, it is so automatic, I wouldn’t really require the extra invocation argument

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As an alternative (because I ended up here searching for it), if you want to have the syntax vim <filename>:<linenumber>, eg vim test.rb:45, you can use vim-fetch with Vundle:

Plugin 'kopischke/vim-fetch'