Vim Template Files and :keepalt
Vim's "alternate file" is changed to the previous "current file" any time the
current file changes.
:b# switch to the alternate file, and are a
quick way to toggle between two files. I map this functionality to
,b and it's
one of my most frequently used shortcuts:
let mapleader="," map <leader>b <C-^>
I also use
template files to populate new files automatically:
if has("autocmd") augroup templates autocmd! autocmd BufNewFile */sixohthree.com/content/*.md 0r %:s?content/.*?templates/article.md? augroup END endif
I've always had a minor annoyance with templates: the template file does not
show up in the buffer list
:ls, but it does become the alternate file, and
gets picked up by
I finally set out to fix this today, which brought me to
keepalt keeps the template from becoming the alternate
file, so you don't toggle back to a file you didn't actually edit.
autocmd BufNewFile */sixohthree.com/content/*.md keepalt 0r %:s?content/.*?templates/article.md?
,b is safe again!