Quitting Vifm

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Preserving runtime state across sessions

As described in Configuration model, Vifm can store some information between invocations in vifminfo file. What exactly is stored depends on the value of 'vifminfo' option. The option enumerates values elements of run-time state that can be saved on exit and restored on startup. It works this way:

  1. On exit Vifm stores all th is listed in vifminfo.
  2. On startup Vifm loads reads vifmrc, which normally contains set vifminfo=... and restores from vifminfo only items that correspond to that values.

By default only bookmarks are stored.

Below is the table of all possible values. Note those marked as obsolete, they might be removed in future versions (for a good reason: they don't fit into usual way configuration fails are used; it's better to put commands that correspond to this items into vifmrc).

Available elements of vifminfo value
Value Default Description
bookmarks Yes Bookmarks, except special ones like '< and '>.
tui No State of the user interface (sorting, number of windows, quick view state, active view).
dhistory No Directory history.
state No File name and dot filters and terminal multiplexers integration state.
cs No Primary color scheme.
savedirs No Save last visited directory (requires dhistory).
chistory No Command line history.
shistory No Search history (/ and ? commands).
phistory No Prompt history.
fhistory No Local filter history.
dirstack No Directory stack overwrites previous stack, unless stack of current session is empty.
registers No Registers content.
options No All options that can be set with the :set command.
filetypes No Associated programs and viewers.
commands No User defined commands.

TODO: merging of state.

Remembering last visited directories of panes

TODO: how it affects starting Vifm without arguments.

Quitting Vifm started in file picker mode (e.g. from Vim plugin)

When -f command-line argument is given to Vifm, it starts acting like file picker. Most of commands work as usual, but instead of opening files Vifm:

  1. Stores selected files (or current file when selection is empty) in place accessible by invoker (see below).
  2. Quits.

And quiting Vifm by user causes empty list of files to be written, so that output file always contains list of selected files (which is empty in case of abortion of file picking).

Selected files are stored in main configuration directory (~/.vifm/ by default) in file named vimfiles. Each file name is stored on a new line (which means that file names containing new line characters won't work properly).

Usage example

Here is an example how this special mode can be used from a shell. Say, one wants to open file in in Vim, but it's easier to pick it with Vifm rather than writing path. It's also might be desirable to get process tree like

shell --> vim

instead of

shell --> vifm --> vim

i.e. use Vifm to pick a file and close it afterwards. It could as simple as the following one-liner in Bash:

vifm -f && [ -s ~/.vifm/vimfiles ] && xargs --arg-file ~/.vifm/vimfiles -d '\n' vim
# or
vifm -f && xargs --no-run-if-empty --arg-file ~/.vifm/vimfiles -d '\n' vim

Where [ -s "path" ] checks that file specified by the path exists and has non-zero size. xargs passes each line of the file as a separate argument to Vim.

Updating shell directory after leaving Vifm

See How to set shell working directory after leaving Vifm.