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I got a fairly old gvim (6.3) on CentOS 4.5. There's no --remote-tab-silent option yet. Instead, I use --remote to open file in same gvim instance. However, there's a problem that all files are opened in gvim in background. The gvim window won't pop to the front. I have to manually switch to it. Is there any way to fix this?

More detail on steps to reproduce:

  1. Open Konsole
  2. Open first file 'gvim --remote file1'. For the first time open file, gvim will pop to front.
  3. Switch back to Konsole and open 2nd file 'gvim --remote file2'. The file gets opened in gvim, but gvim window won't pop to front.
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Why don't you open files from GVim itself? – romainl Apr 14 '12 at 16:01

Does "gvim --remote-expr foreground()" work to bring gVim to the front of the window stack? If this works consistently, you might set up a shell alias to invoke the --remote command then the --remote-expr command.

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it didn't work. I also found this page (…), no luck either. – Stan Apr 14 '12 at 22:38
Then your window manager may be semi-randomly refusing to let the window raise itself. Have you tried browsing through your desktop settings for your window manager? – Heptite Apr 15 '12 at 4:43

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