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Several tools such as grep, py.test, etc ... use the pattern <FileName>:<line number>: to point to errors. For example:

; grep -Hn Common setup.cfg
setup.cfg:11:    Common

How can I modify vim and gvim so that I can invoke them like so:

gvim setup.cfg:11:

instead of

gvim setup.cfg +11

I know that I can write a small shell script that would parse things but I wonder if there is an easier way.

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This isn't exactly analogous, but vim does have a feature to load the output from grep or (for example) compiler errors from make, and navigate between them. See :help quickfix for more info. –  Random832 Oct 5 '12 at 12:48
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up vote 9 down vote accepted

There isn't a way, and I think a script is the only way. The reason being, what if you had a file called setup.cfg:11 and wanted to edit it?

Here is a quick script that does what you want as a oneliner...

editline() { vim ${1%%:*} +${1##*:}; }
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Sorry this is not accurate: What if you had a file called +11? You can, of course, use -- for that. –  Sardathrion Oct 5 '12 at 7:44
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You can edit a +11 file by saying vim ./+11 –  Julian Oct 5 '12 at 7:47
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You can use the file:line plugin available here, which does exactly what you want...

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