Opening files over SSH in vim

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vim is awesome for editing files locally but copying your .vimrc to every system you want to edit files on and keeping it in sync can be a real PITA. You could use something like Cowboy's dotfiles, but if you're working on systems you don't control you probably don't want to be putting your vim config there anyway.

A great alternative is opening the files within your own local install of vim (or mvim if you have it installed on OSX) over SSH.

vim scp://root@test-web01.example.com//etc/aliases

Here is a gif of it in action

Opening files over SCP with vim

James Loh
James Loh

I'm a Sysadmin for a web solutions company deploying clouds across the globe. I learn new things every day.

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