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Is it possible to open vim with stdin in one window, and a file in another?

vim - starts vim with text from stdin in the buffer

vim -o file1 file2 starts vim with files in multiple split windows

Can they be combined? vim -o file1 - doesn't work; it dies with a Too many edit arguments error. I know I can use vim - and then :split file1, but I'd like to do it with command-line flags if possible.

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Though you cannot use -o, you can execute any commands passed with -c:

$ vim - -c 'split file1'
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I just found out another cool way to open from multiple temporary files (without reading from stdin, though):

vim -O <(sort file1) <(sort file2) (split)

vim -p <(sort file1) <(sort file2) (tabbed)

Of course you can execute any command within the brackets:

vim -O <(cat file1) <(cat file2)

(Inspired by https://unix.stackexchange.com/questions/16443/combine-text-files-column-wise)

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