When using the terminal, I wish I could search through the output from commands and scroll up terminal buffer, in read-only mode, with Vim keybindings.

An example is running ls -al and then wanting to capture a single long file name from the output. With Vim, this would be a piece of cake.

I am aware that there are ways to pipe output of a command into Vim. I appreciate any suggestion.

  • What is your terminal emulator? Gnome-terminal, Xterm, other? See Is there a way to open screen's terminal scrollback buffer in vim? for some ideas.
    – Quasímodo
    Jan 29, 2021 at 10:59
  • I am using the ubuntu distro from WSL (Windows Subsystem for Linux), which i typically access via the windows command prompt. It seems like your answers might lead me to a workable solution -- i'll post it here if I get it going :) Feb 1, 2021 at 23:25


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