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I am wondering if there is a way to open mpv only on the current tab. When programs run, vifm is hidden until the program finishes. This makes it impossible to see tabs or switch between them.

My reasoning is to keep one sticky tab for music directory browsing, while still using other tabs for other things. I suspect this could be useful for other things, as ex: file transcoding.
Switching to background playing is not an option.

This is my filetype config:

filetype *.wav,*.mp3,*.flac,*.m4a,*.wma,*.ape,*.ac3,*.og[agx],*.spx,*.opus,*.webm,*.aac
                \ {Play with mpv}
                \ clear && mpv %f

Would this be a job better suited for a terminal multiplexer or am I missing something here? If so, is there a plugin to do this with tmux?

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vifm doesn't have builtin terminals, so you can't have multiple consoles within it.

You're right that terminal multiplexers are a good fit for this job. There is some basic builtin support, which is enabled via :screen command. It's called "screen", but works with tmux as well (active terminal multiplexer is detected automatically). After activation, applications started by vifm will be placed in separate tabs.


I have been using tmux integration for a while, but find it difficult to manage. Looking at the documentation I couldn't find how to configure opening in panes instead of windows.

Alternatively how could it open a new window, but next to the current one?
Because I always have multiple windows, the window opened by vifm gets lost at the end.

Lastly, I cannot revert screen mode. How can I reset to the default? Perhaps I miss understood the options but running :screen!& does not work.


There is %s macro to open commands in splits, but there is no way to make this a default for opening in a terminal multiplexer.

:screen toggles its state, so just do :screen again.


Thanks for the reply.

Would you mind giving me an example for the macro? Not familiar with them yet.

The state toggle makes sense. Stupid of me :->


Simply mention %s somewhere in the external command, e.g., append it:

filetype *.wav,*.mp3,*.flac,*.m4a,*.wma,*.ape,*.ac3,*.og[agx],*.spx,*.opus,*.webm,*.aac
                \ {Play with mpv}
                \ clear && mpv %f %s

Great! Works good enough for me.

Cheers :)