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If I open a file with vim dir/to/my/file.c how can I easily open the directory dir/to/my in vim's filebrowser?

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What's wrong with :Ex[plore]? From :help Ex:

:Explore will open the local-directory browser on the current file's directory (or on directory [dir] if specified). The window will be split only if the file has been modified, otherwise the browsing window will take over that window. Normally the splitting is taken horizontally.

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I personally prefer the:


command. It does the split window for you, and drops you into the current directory.

:Sex dir/to/my

works too.

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This is good but the command is so hard to remember. –  Gavin Jun 9 '13 at 20:24
You can also use :Vex to open the directory in a vertical split. –  Chuan Ma Jun 25 at 16:56
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As already mentioned, you can just do ":Explore" and it will open the file explorer for the directory of the current file.

However, if you need to explicitly specify the directory, you can use ctrl+r on the :-command line to read the contents of any register in, and the % register is the current filename, including a path if necessary. So, just do :e ctrl+r% then backspace over the filename, and press enter.

There are other ways to do it, but this is the method I usually use.

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I know this is way old, but you can also do :e %[tab] which will expand % for you. –  Brian Dec 7 '11 at 15:20
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If you edit with the pwd command on unix it will open the current directory you are in.

:e `pwd`

This will not work like you want it if you did a cd while in vim.

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You could use:

:e %:h

More info on expansions is here: http://vimdoc.sourceforge.net/htmldoc/eval.html#expand()

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:e dir/to/my/

:e . opens the directory you initially launched vim from.

Vim browser 'c' sets the working directory.

I'm not sure if there is a way to automatically jump to the directory of the file you are editing.

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:e `dirname %`

dirname expands to the directory in which current file is.

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