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Open multiple files in individual tabs in vim using script

I have always wanted one program to open to access all important (for me) files in a system. This can for instance be http.conf, passwd, groups and so on. Using tabs in vim, the -p option (from version 7 and above) and a small script can make vim into a nice little admin console:

I call my script ‘configs’ and it looks like this (put it in your PATH for easy access):

sudo vim -p /etc/hosts /private/etc/php.ini /etc/httpd.conf

Too move between tabs in command mode:

gt - next tab
gT - previous tab

Too move between tabs in insert mode (and also in command mode):

CTRL + PgUp - next tab
CTRL + PgDown - previous tab  

Remove files in batches of x files

Every now and then I try to do things on a large amount of files – this often ends in a command error about “Too many files” or something similar. One solution to this is to send batches of information to the command instead of sending all at once.

Here is an example on how to delete files in batches of 1000 files:

ls | xargs -n 1000 rm -v

The trick here is the -n 1000 that will send the result from the ls command in batches of a 1000 results per time until the ls list is empty to rm. Neat ah? 🙂

Tested on RHEL 3

Repeat a command every x seconds

Say you wanted to see whenever the content of a folder changes – what to do? Easy! Use the watch command:

watch 'ls -l'

This will clear the screen and output the contents of the command and update it every 2 seconds (clearing screen before each update). The watch command works for most scripts and commands

Tip: Using Tmux and the watch command together can help you create a really cool window with a bunch of “live” updated small windows

Tested on RHEL 3