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I'd like to start vim on a non existing file, named f, with the content c. Both f and c are arbitrary and I'd like to not have to put anything in the vim config to fill new buffers with c.

Basically, I would like to combine

$ echo c | vim -

with

$ vim f

Is there a flag to vim which lets me achieve this?

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You can try this command:

echo c | vim - +'w f'
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Or if you don't want to automatically write the file to disk, but just set its name: echo "c" | vim - +"file f" –  Heptite May 6 '12 at 23:07
    
Very good, thanks. @Heptite got what I really wanted, nice of you to comment. This is far my dirtiest Makefile target.. :) –  chelmertz May 6 '12 at 23:25

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