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Every time I try to edit a file, I do mvim file.txt in the terminal then a new MacVim window pops up. But if I do vim file.txt, it will not open a new window. Instead, it will initialise vim within the terminal.

Question: How can I make sure that when I do mvim file.txt, MacVim will be opened up within the terminal just like what I did using vim.

I have tried the following solution already but it doesn't work.

https://stackoverflow.com/questions/3478755/macvim-open-file-in-existing-window

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$ mvim -v file.txt

does what you want.

You should alias vim to mvim -v, IMO.

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  • I tried alias vim = "mvim -v" but couldn't manage to source the .bash_profile. Did I do something wrong. I got these 2 errors msg: -bash: alias: vim: not found -bash: alias: =mvim -v: not found – mynameisJEFF Sep 3 '14 at 9:19
  • Try alias vim='/path/to/mvim -v'. – romainl Sep 3 '14 at 9:35
  • Spaces can't go around the = in the alias command. – echristopherson Sep 3 '14 at 21:06

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