How to set shell working directory after leaving Vifm

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Vifm can't do that on its own, since it's impossible to change working directory of another process (parent shell in this case). Still, it's possible to do this by relying on a shell to do part of the job.

Below is an example, how one can do that with bash shell.

Since 0.8[edit]

  • Add this function to .bashrc
vicd()
{
    local dst="$(command vifm --choose-dir -)"
    if [ -z "$dst" ]; then
        echo 'Directory picking cancelled/failed'
        return 1
    fi
    cd "$dst"
}

Now running Vifm via that shell function and quiting it will change directory of shell to the directory of current active pane. Use :cq[uit] command to cancel directory picking.

Prior to 0.8[edit]

  • Add special command to vifmrc
command! Q :execute '!echo %d > ~/.vifm/lastdir' | quit
  • Add this function to .bashrc
vifm()
{
    if [ -f ~/.vifm/lastdir ]; then
        rm ~/.vifm/lastdir
    fi
    # "command" prevents recursive call
    command vifm "$@"
    if [ -f ~/.vifm/lastdir ]; then
        cd `cat ~/.vifm/lastdir`
    fi
}

Now running Vifm via that shell function and quiting it using :Q command (which can be to ZZ and/or ZQ) will change directory of shell to the directory of current active pane.