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I'm trying to switch from a mac dev environment to a linux dev environment, but I'm having a few problems. One of them is gvim. I would like to be able to double click a file in nautilus and then have gvim open it in a new tab. I already found how to open a file in a new tab here but it doesn't focus gvim yet.

Instead when I open a file unity 'wiggles' the gvim icon and I still have to alt-tab to it manually.

Is there a way to open a file in a new gvim tab and focus gvim at the same time? :)

Edit: I forgot to add that I'm using unity 2d on 11.10.

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Change the line in your gvim.desktop that says Terminal=false to Terminal=true.

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This did seem to work a few times. It seems to stop working when I maximize my gvim screen and try to open another file :/. Not sure if that's it though... – acidtv Nov 8 '11 at 18:39
will test further and let you know. – Bruno Pereira Nov 8 '11 at 18:46
Thanks! After some more testing I can conclude that it works before I maximize the gvim window. After maximizing it stops working until I log out and log in again. It doesn't seem to matter if I use Unity 2D or 3D – acidtv Nov 8 '11 at 18:56
no, 2d and 3d should not mather, lets hope someone else gives a more steady answer or give me some more time to sort it out ;) – Bruno Pereira Nov 8 '11 at 18:57

I recommend switching to Gnome Shell. I can confirm there is no problem for me with Nautilus and gvim.

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I actually quite like unity... – acidtv Nov 8 '11 at 18:10

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