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I have this feeling that if I knew the correct terminology here, I wouldn't need to ask this question and Google would suffice. Alas.

Using, when I run the ':Gist' command, the plugin prints the link to the gist at the bottom of the terminal window, where one would normally enter commands. I'm not sure what this is called. I can't select the text there and thus can't copy it, and the moment I do something else, the text disappears and gets replaced with the normal mode text.

I know there is q: for viewing old commands, but is there some way that I can view old messages like the one that gist.vim spits out? Or is there at least some magical way that I can copy that beautiful text before I do something else and it disappears?

If it is relevant, I'm on OS X Lion and running Vim in iTerm. Nothing special.

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I don't know about iTerm, but in Linux xterm you can shift-click-drag to select text, without sending any mouse message to Vim. – joeytwiddle Jan 13 '14 at 18:22
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In :help Gist, there is a setting that automatically copies the gist link to your clipboard with :Gist -c

If you set g:gist_clip_command, gist.vim will copy the gist code with option '-c'.


let g:gist_clip_command = 'pbcopy'


let g:gist_clip_command = 'xclip -selection clipboard'

Others (cygwin?):

let g:gist_clip_command = 'putclip'

Add this to your ~/.vimrc and you're good to go.


Found a hackish solution.

Go to gist.vim and find this function.

function! s:GistPost(user, token, content, private)

  " find GistID: in content, then we should just update


  let location = substitute(location, '^[^:]\+: ', '', '')
  if len(location) > 0 && location =~ '^\(http\|https\):\/\/gist\.github\.com\/'
    echo 'Done: '.location


  return location

Change echo to echomsg.

  if len(location) > 0 && location =~ '^\(http\|https\):\/\/gist\.github\.com\/'
    echomsg 'Done: '.location

Now restart vim, and after entering :Gist, type :message to get the link from the message-history. The message-history logs everything from echomsg and echoerr for that session.

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Right, I did that. The question is still relevant though. – Rayne Sep 28 '11 at 17:29
@Rayne See edit :) – Jin Sep 28 '11 at 17:55

I was looking for any answer for your question due to a different plugin. I stumbled upon the name of the message output in :h message.

If your vim window is still open, it looks like you can hit g< to see the last message.

I think :messages works too.

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Sent a fix to the plugin author about this.

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