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I have a folder ~/.scripts in which I put a lot of my scripts without the .sh extension. I wanted to preview them with syntax highlighting and so thought of putting the following in my vifmrc :

fileviewer ~/.scripts/* hightlight -S sh -O xterm256 -s dante %c

But it doesn't seem to work. I also tried doing the same for my ~/.vim/vimrc file but without success. Syntax highlighting works fine with other file extensions, btw.

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You need to use different kind of patterns, by default :fileviewer matches file name only. See the docs:

 2. [!]{{comma-separated-path-globs}}

You need something like this (I think tildes aren't expanded inside patterns):

fileviewer {{/home/nik/.scripts/*}} hightlight -S sh -O xterm256 -s dante %c 
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