bash script to change vim colorscheme based on the available themes

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Here\’s one script that you may find useful. A little variation or wrapper for this script can make your life colorful 🙂

You can write a wrapper to this to take one of the inputs randomly and then use it in alias to start vim.

#!/bin/bash –
#          FILE:
#         USAGE:  ./
#   DESCRIPTION: Change the vim colorscheme from command prompt
#       OPTIONS:  —
#          BUGS:  —
#         NOTES:  —
#        AUTHOR:  Amit Agarwal (AKA),
#       COMPANY:  Individual
#       VERSION:  1.0
#       CREATED:  02/02/2010 10:30:07 PM IST
#      REVISION:  —

#Change the directory to where we will find all colors and then print them 🙂
cd ~/.vim/colors
for i in *.vim
echo \”${i%.vim}\”
#Read the choice of the user

read -p \”Enter one of the colorschemes :: \” choice
if [ ! -f $file ]
echo \”Colorscheme file \”$file\” does not exist\”
exit -1

#Do the susbstitution in new file in /tmp
sed \’s#\\(^ *colorscheme\\).*#\\1 \’$choice\’#\’ ~/.vimrc > /tmp/vimrc
diff ~/.vimrc /tmp/vimrc
read -p \”Do you want to make the changes (y/n) :: \” yn
if [ $yn = \”y\” ]
echo {/tmp/,~/.}vimrc
cp {/tmp/,~/.}vimrc
echo \”Modified changes are available in /tmp/vimrc\”


Blog once and educate 40,000 underprivileged children of India

Here\’s one of the mail that I received from the IndiBlogger team.

Dear Amit Agarwal,

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Voting in the competition is for one week only, from Friday, January 15 – Friday, January 22, 2010. Can we make a difference in the next 5 days? We sure hope so!

The link for voting, where you can also see more details of the competition is

There’s been lots of talk about how social media can bring change and make an impact on the world we live in. Well, here is one tangible way for us to take a small action that could have a HUGE outcome.

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The IndiBlogger Team & The GiveIndia Team


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I was not planning on writing another blog on bing. But then bing lists my website 3/10 so  here is the link to the search. Worth braggin when there is Amit Agarwal from labnol.