Background: I'm using Ubuntu and have an existing Gvim GUI opened. Now I want to edit a file from command line gvim test.txt, the command will open another new Gvim GUI. Is there any method to open that file to current GUI but not new one? Thanks!

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You can use the --remote and --remote-silent options:

gvim --remote-silent text.txt

Vim's internal help system is excellent; try

:help clientserver
  • Perfect! First time to know --remote. Thank you.
    – Billy Chan
    Dec 18, 2012 at 3:03

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