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Why are there several keys unbound in vim?

There are several keys that are unbound in vi/vim, such as g, q, v and #. Is there a particular reason why these keys are unbound? Can I just use them however I want or will I be breaking certain ...
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How can I switch 2 characters in vi?

I like the fact that I've memorized ddp for switching two lines (i.e. dd deletes the line and then p puts it back '1 higher'). Is there are similar set of keystrokes for switching 2 characters so ...
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Skip search and replace after a heading in Vim

I have to replace a pattern, but I don't want to replace it after a particular word. This is my program: :vnoremap ::silent! call Bib() function! Bib() %s/\s*\n*{\\&}\s*\n*/ /g ...
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Indent several lines with VIM?

For eample, I'm editing this code: <html> <body> <script> var a = 10; a += 100; </script> </body> </html> now I need to indent the script line: ...
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Why does `ESC` move the cursor back in vim?

In vim, when I hit ESC to return to command mode, the cursor moves one character to the left. This is not what I would hope for, occasional I immediately hit l to move back to that spot, perhaps to ...
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Can I specify the layout of a vsplit command?

When I do the :vsplit command, it always opens the new file on the left side of the screen. Is there a way I can specify I want the new file to open to the right?
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add bracket across numbers at only end of each line

I have a file having lines as: ram_reg_10/raja_reg_9/raghu_reg_8 abc_reg_4/bcd_reg_5 cad/pqr_reg_91 I want to convert string "_reg_number" into [number] at only last of every line in vi ...
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Using VI keys to edit shell commands in UNIX

I used to have a co-worker who was really good at UNIX. He showed me how to use Vi key bindings to edit my shell commands. He placed the command in a file that ran every time I logged in. Since ...
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In VI how do I paste text into my file from a range of lines I have yanked?

I am using vi in Solaris 10. I am yanking a range of lines by doing 283,295y, and I do believe the yank command is working as it says 12 lines after I execute the command. However when I try to copy ...
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How can I count the number of words in a file whilst editing the file in vim

I know I can use wc for counting characters, words and lines of files at the command line. Is there any way I can can count the number of words while in vim?
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Vim Error 'E212: Cannot open file for writing', when trying to create new files outside of home dir

I am running Wheezy Debian. When I try to create a new file in a directory other than my home directory, such as /var/www, I get the following error in vim: E212: Cannot open file for writing. I ...
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How do you set up a “compiling parser”-like function to help with editing plain scripts in elvis?

I'm using elvis to edit files etc. in a context where limiting the keystrokes makes a difference1. I don't know all the implications of its differences from vim and I'm actually inexperienced with ...
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Redirect VI command output to a file

I want to export the output of vi command :set fileencoding to another file. It seems vi's file encoding detection is better than file command. How to do that? I could write a macro with: :set ...
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vi <TAB> completes only directories in bash

In a directory I type vi and then tab (twice), this gives me user$ vi CMakeFiles/ global/ libs/ whereas ls followed by 2 tabs gives me user$ ls ! core.log CMakeFiles/ global/ libs/ ...
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Why does Vi have multiple modes?

Why does Vi have multiple modes? I'm not interested in the functions of the modes unless that was a reason to have different modes. I'm only interested in the design / engineering reasons for ...
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less command and syntax highlighting

I need to use the less command with the syntax highlighting of the vim command for python, C, bash and other languages. How do I apply syntax highlighting colors according to vim colors for less ...
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copy from tmux to any editor not working

I am trying to copy from tmux to my browser. I followed the post Copying between tmux buffers and the system clipboard which tells me to add setw -g mode-keys vi bind-key -t vi-copy 'v' ...
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vim - better colors so comments aren't dark blue?

Mostly I edit ruby files, although shell script file comments are also # Currently my comments show as dark blue on black which is really hard to read. See screenshot. How can I change their color? ...
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Unable to write to file on FreeBSD — read-only filesystem

I bought a load balancer that runs the application on of FreeBSD. I found the configuration file that has all the settings and login information for both the admin and read-only users. I logged in as ...
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What are the pros and cons of Vim and Emacs?

How would you compare these editors? What are the pros and cons of each? [note] This is not meant to be answered by those who "hate one and love another" or those who haven't used both.
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Binding Shift-Enter to insert a newline without evaluating the current expression

I try to bind Shift-Enter to insert a newline without evaluating the current expression in the terminal and in repl modes. Reading through the ArchWiki, I tried setting this in my ~/.Xmodmap file and ...
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vi: move a line by 4 bytes

I want to move a line by 4 bytes using vi editor. What command should I use? I tried ">>" and it does move but it moves by 8 bytes..
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How is `vi` Aware of the Format of Configuration Files?

When I edit configuration files in vi, it seems like vi is aware of the syntax of the file. For example, vi will color tokens one way or another depending on whether its a key or a value. ...
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Delete from cursor to end of line on VI

I know I've probably looked over this a million times in all the VI documents I've read, but I can't seem to find the delete from cursor to end of line command.
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What is the difference between vi and vim?

As far as I know vi is more commonly found on out-of-the-box unix systems while vim often has to be installed. Also vim stands for vi improved, but improved how? What are the main differences?
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Shell vi mode prints (arg: repetition): How to remove it?

Whenever you are in vi command mode on the shell and hit a number, like 8, "(arg: 8)" shows at the start of the line. Anyone know how to make it not do that? The moving the line I'm typing is ...
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How to edit /etc/inittab?

I want to edit /etc/inittab in order to get a login prompt on the serial console once the system boots. By default, inittab file complains to be ro. I tried both gksudo gedit /etc/inittab and sudo vi ...
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Replace string with another string in vi editor

I have a template.php file where I want to change every occurence of apple with grape throughout the file. At the moment,I am having to painstakingly edit the entire file to find where to change. ...
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How to comment multiple lines at once? [duplicate]

How can I select a bunch of text and comment it all out? Currently I go to the first line, go to insert mode then type # left-arrowdown-arrow and then I repeat that sequence, perhaps saving a few ...
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vim how to keep cursor position while copying text

I am (having to) using gvim in windows. I was used to the linux environment where when I select text using mouse the cursor position wont change. Now , with gvim in windows, My problem is something ...
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Plain vi (not vim): Can't delete a line in insert mode: Is this behavior required by POSIX?

In the non-vim implementations of vi I've worked with, it's not possible to delete a line while in insert mode. vim does allows it—but it's my understanding that vim is not POSIX-compliant in ...
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Change cursor shape (or color) to indicate vi mode in bash

To clarify: I am not asking how to change the cursor when using vim within a terminal. I want the cursor to change when switching between input and command mode within Bash's vi-mode: set -o vi ...
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Why is vi apparently broken (viminfo error E576), and how can I fix it?

I am proficient at using Unix/Linux, but I am not an expert. If I want to open a file (for example, file.txt), I use vi: vi file.txt This opens the file, and if I want to close it, I use :q!. I ...
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How to enable 'daw' vi command in zsh?

I've seen that the vi mode option in zsh is rather limited. For example, 'daw' (delete around word) and 'diw' don't work. What is the reason and how can I solve it?
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vim avoid selecting underscore

So I know that an underscore (_) is considered part of a word in vim. Working with Python, I normally end up having a lot of underscores. Is there a way to select part of a word excluding the ...
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How to put current line at top/center/bottom of screen in vim?

Any quicker navigation trick to place the line at which the cursor is at the moment to the top of the screen? center of the screen? bottom of the screen?
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delete line in vi

How can I delete a line in VI? Here what I am doing right now: Open up the terminal alt + ctrl + t vi a.txt I move my cursor to the line which I wan to delete, then what key-combination is should ...
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Stop vim from messing up my indentation on comments

For some reason Vim thinks all of my comments should have all indentation removed. If I add # to the beginning of a line, suddenly all leading whitespace is removed. How can I stop this? I have ...
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VIM: folding bullet points

I'm quite new to VIM, but have been trying to teach myself over the past week, yet I'm encountering a problem which has proven to be quite frustrating: Currently I'm mostly using VIM to take notes, ...
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Symlink everywhere

Is there any way for me to symlink a particular file so that it appears in every directory on the system? So if I symlink /tmp/scratch No matter where I am I can type vi scratch?
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Beep when typing backslash in cvim normal mode

I installed the cvim plugin for vim. Almost all the cvim commands start with '\'. But I when enter this character in normal mode, all I hear is a beep. Nothing happens. What might be causing this ...
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How can I go forward in a file? What is the oposite of ctrl+O

If I jump to a file e.g. by gf I know that I can do ctrl+O to go back. But how do I go forward? I.e. what is the opposite of ctrl+O so as to go forward to the file I was earlier to which I jumbed to ...
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Make script executable from vi/vim

How can I run chmod +x on the script I'm creating in vi/vim so that it is executable? I tried :r chmod +x % but it didn't work.
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Vi editor behaving randomly while editing

When I open a PuTTY session in full screen I can't scroll down and up properly with the down arrow key. It seem to move down the screen and gets stuck somewhere in the middle. When I open PuTTY in ...
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vi: how to use a line as a command?

cat a.txt echo hi echo hu echo ha Q: how can I execute ex.: the second line in a.txt when it is opened with vi? so "vi a.txt" -> then SOMEMAGICCOMMAND -> then the "echo hu" is executed as a ...
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Can vim warn on a tabpagemax overflow?

If I open a collection of files in vim tabs using a glob pattern, I'd like to be warned if the number of files matching the pattern exceeds the value of tabpagemax. For example, if the following, $ ...
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VIM substitute occurrences of pattern after a particular word in a line

I have such lines in my text. text before pattern = garbage** text after pattern is pattern If in VIM I do %s/pattern/saturn/ it replaces all occurrences of pattern. But I only want to replace ...
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What is a vi equivalent of vim's 'set ruler' command?

Is there a way to show the current row and column position in vi? In vim, I know there is the set ruler command, but what are my options when using vi?
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How to edit the file content in vi?

I have a text file with following content (Actual filecontains thousands of lines) abcd xyas sasss jddks asa sasa lkkkss asasd I want the output in the folloing format. abcd xyas sasss jddks asa ...
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In Bash Vi mode, I get thrown into Insert mode automatically after one key press

I am using the bash shell with the XFCE4 terminal. I have configured the shell so that it is in Vi mode. I have done this by adding the following line in my ~/.bashrc file: set -o vi When in a ...