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Terminal usage

Vico includes a command line tool that can be used to launch vico from the shell.

To use the tool from the command line, create a link from the application bundle to a directory in your PATH. If you have a bin directory in your home directory, create it as:

ln -s /Applications/ ~/bin/vico

If you want to install it for all users on the machine, create the link in a global directory (this requires administrator privileges):

sudo ln -s /Applications/ /usr/local/bin/vico

If Vico is not stored in your /Applications folder, adjust the command appropriately. Once the link is created, it will be kept up-to-date when Vico is updated.

To open a file with Vico from the shell, simply type:

vico filename

You can open multiple files at once, also using globbing characters (eg, vico *.py). If you specify a directory, Vico will display a new window with the directory selected in the explorer sidebar.

If you want to use Vico in your $EDITOR variable to edit commit messages, you need to use the -w switch. This makes Vico wait until the document is closed to return. The return code from vicotool is 0 if the document saved successfully before closing, and non-zero if it wasn't saved.

To see a quick description of the command line usage, use the -h option:

$ vico -h
syntax: vicotool [-hrw] [-e string] [-f file] [-p params] [file ...]
    -h            show this help
    -e string     evaluate the string as a Nu script
    -f file       read file and evaluate as a Nu script
    -p params     read script parameters as a JSON string
    -p -          read script parameters as JSON from standard input
    -r            enter runloop (don't exit script immediately)
    -w            wait for document to close