Today I Learned

A Hashrocket project

Go To File With Line Number

I often use gf as supported by Vim or with the help of plugins like rails.vim as a way of quickly navigating to existing files. For unloaded files, this loads a buffer with the cursor at the top of the buffer. For existing buffers, it opens to that buffer with the cursor where it was when you left.

Vim also supports a slightly fancier goto file command, gF. If this command is used while the cursor is over a file with a line number appended to the end, it will not only open up a buffer with that file, it will move the cursor to the specified line number.

With this repository, I could try it out by moving the cursor over the following text and hitting gF.

README.md:100

This will open up a buffer for README.md with the cursor at line 100.

See :h gF for more details.

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