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.
  • Why don't you open files from GVim itself?
    – romainl
    Commented Apr 14, 2012 at 16:01

1 Answer 1


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.

  • it didn't work. I also found this page (vim.1045645.n5.nabble.com/…), no luck either.
    – Stan
    Commented Apr 14, 2012 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
    Commented Apr 15, 2012 at 4:43

You must log in to answer this question.

Not the answer you're looking for? Browse other questions tagged .