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Is it possible to change the name of a buffer in vim?

Specifically, I'm using Conque Shell to open shells in vim (each shell is in a buffer) and with multiple shells, I see:

10: bash - 1
11: bash - 2

in my buffer list. I would like to rename these buffers with more meaningful names (e.g., "mercurial" instead of "bash - 2"). Is it possible?

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Not very surprisingly, :f <newname>changes the buffer name. Is that what you want?

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Thank you. But, to me, it was surprising because I could not find that command using various google searches. –  Barthelemy Nov 13 '10 at 10:59

Rename the current buffer with :file <new-name> (or :f <new-name>):

:f[ile][!] {name}

Sets the current file name to {name}. The optional ! avoids truncating the message, as with :file. If the buffer did have a name, that name becomes the alternate-file name. An unlisted buffer is created to hold the old name.

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