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Hide Vim fold characters

When using Vim to write prose my folds look like this: + # Section A expanded | Lorem ipsum dolor sit amet, consectetur adipisicing elit, | sed do eiusmod tempor incididunt ut labore et dolore magna ...
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What is the difference between “find” and “till” in vim?

I see I can use t c or Tc to move to the next / previous character c I can also use fc or Fc to move to the next / previous character c Is the only difference between them that tc places the ...
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How to align columns of multiple lines at a fixed distance with vim

Here is another one of my vim question (They seem to become my trademark here.). I have a really long file basically consisting of lines of the following form: ;07 :ANZ textv S9_1 9_1_K3_2 ...
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Bash autocomplete with vim command

In bash, autocompletion of paths has recently stopped working when issuing vim commands where the path is deeper than two directories (it continues to work as expected with other commands, such as ls ...
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Bash inside Vim not working properly

In MacVim I'm using Conque to run bash commands inside Vim. I have a problem with the text navigation while using Conque. If I'm at the end of a line of text and press down Alt← I skip a word to the ...
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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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Filename completion in gvim

for some reason, my filename completion in gvim is not working. In vim, its working properly. Commands and such are, however, completed correctly. I have set wildmode=full. An example: Assume i want ...
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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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vim: Use different colorscheme when connected over SSH

On my desktop I use the hbrid color scheme in vim, with the preferred colors set for my consoles 16-color palette (as described in the README). However, on my laptop, I use the solarized color ...
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How do I write a command in vim to run multiple commands?

I've written some commands that perform common functions by placing the following in my .vimrc files: command! FixWhitespace %s/ \+$//g command! FixCommas %s/,\S\@=/, /g Now I'd like to create a ...
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(Vim) How to use TAB for indentation in all file types?

I'm using only TAB for indent, so I configure Vim for using only them: set autoindent set noexpandtab set tabstop=4 set shiftwidth=4 But some files (.py) still using spaces. I've search for it and ...
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Calling latex from vim stopped working

When I try to compile my latex document from within vim by issuing: :w|!lualatex % (leaving out the w command does not solve the problem) it compiles but it does not save any files. If I call lualatex ...
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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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How do I highlight commas not followed by a space in vim?

I've gotten into the habit of not appending spaces after commas in lists, when coding. To break this habit, I thought I'd get vim to highlight any comma (,) that is not followed by a space. So I've ...
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Can I speed up pasting into vim?

I copied a part of the HTML out of a web page and wanted to save it in a file. For that I started a new vim session in a terminal window, with a (new) filename specified on the commandline, hit i to ...
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Configure bash and/or vim to execute source ~/.bashrc everytime I finish editing it

I would like to execute source ~/.bashrc every time I finish editing a file with vim (i.e. after :wq vim command). How should I configure vim or bash to work that way?
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dot command in Vim, last change?

The dot command in Vim repeats the "last change", but I am not exactly sure what constitutes the "last change". For example, if I type the sequence: A;{ESC}j. Then a semi-colon is appended to ...
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How to enable and use code folding in vim

How can I enable and do code folding in vim? Do I have to change anything in ~/.vimrc? I type z+a and z+c and z+o and nothing happens. code folding on vim.
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Copy/paste across vim without X

In vim, "+p pastes from the system clipboard. However, when working remotely over SSH on a non-GUI box, this is not available. Is it possible to implement copy/paste in this environment? Merely ...
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vim: hide status line in the bottom

Sometimes I work with really small terminal windows and need every piece of space available. So I want to hide the vim status line. I already set laststatus=0 this hides one of the status lines. But ...
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Can we patch an already patched font?

Powerline is some sort of plugin for Vim and Gvim. In order to be more useful it uses fonts that has some pictures (symbols) added to them. In other words they've "patched" the font set. Recently ...
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Insert single successive numbers at the beginning of each line in a text file with Vim

Assume I have a text file containing some strings: string_g string_r string_qqwer string_p string_f string_3qw string_e string_qw And I need to insert increasing or decreasing numbers before the ...
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Open to specific gvim tabs

I have a working environment that I'd like to save via a script. -EDIT: I don't need to save it's state, I just want my script to define it. Though saving state would work too I guess. Currently it ...
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Verify line endings from a text created by perl script

I am interested in seeing the contents of a text file in hex mode. I have tried :%!xxd and the problem is that I can not really understand which hex code represents each letter e.g. when you use an ...
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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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Navigation Motion to Skip Comments

To edit configuration files, I'm using Vim. In order to move the cursor upwards or downwards to other configuration entries, I'm using Ctrl+d or Ctrl+u, respectively. Large blocks of commented lines ...
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Copy-paste for vim is not working when mouse (:set mouse=a) is on?

I was trying to copy paste something from vim to another application and also, from that application to vim using right click with mouse and then copy and paste (or with Ctrl+v and Ctrl+c and also ...
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Highlight extra white spaces and fixed length column in VIM

I want to highlight extra white spaces and fixed length column (e.g., 80 character in a line) using VIM I created two vimrc rule in my .vimrc file highlight ExtraWhitespacea ctermbg=darkred ...
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Why can't Vim open a 100 MB text file when I have 16 GB RAM?

I have a 100MB MySQL database backup file and I have trouble to open it in Vim on my Linux box that has 16G of RAM. Vim just hangs (at least unusable). This is something I don't understand. I have 16 ...
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Enclose multiple lines in quote Vim

I have blocks of the following form: String that is not supposed to be enclosed in quotes String that is supposed to be enclosed in quotes String that is not supposed to be enclosed in ...
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How to edit files with VIM through FTP

I'm trying to use: vim ftp://user@hostname// - this gives me a correct directory tree, but when I try to open given file, by pressing Enter, at the first time - nothing happens (just cursor jumps to ...
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Make vim stop splitting my Git commit messages

Vim has this awful annoying habit of splitting my commit messages and automatically line-breaking them, rendering the second line with a red background for some reason. How can I make vim stop ...
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Can't install vim in fedora 20

When I tried to install VIM in fedora 20, appear this message below How can I fix this problem?
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Why does vim color this .bashrc line incorrectly? Fixable?

I have the following line in my .bashrc that allows me to use rlwrap with sqlplus. Why does vim seem to color this wrong? alias sqlplus='rlwrap -c -f /usr/bin/rlwrap -b ...
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Collapse line vertically so that every word is on a new line

Given a string like: "Hello World, how are you today?" Is there a way in Vim to collapse this line vertically such that every word appears on a new line, i.e.: "Hello World, how are ...
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ability to view browser view for html file from vim

Is there a plugin / program / key binding that will let me preview html files that I am editing in vim in a browser? Background: I have abandoned traditional full-feature editors and IDE's (of which ...
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Running a vim key combination on startup

In my .vimrc, I've got the lines autocmd VimEnter * NERDTree autocmd VimEnter * TagbarOpen This results in a layout with two sidebars and a centre column containing the main editing buffer (i.e. ...
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Vim: pasting lines line by line

Let's suppose I have a file containing: xxx yyy zzz and another file: kkk qqq ppp I want to obtain: xxxkkk yyyqqq zzzppp Is that possible in Vim with some command? (I've tried using VISUAL ...
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Vim Error E138: Can't write viminfo file $HOME/.viminfo!

I'm afraid I've run into something rather strange. When I open a file normally, vim README.txt, everything is fine. But upon sudo vim README.txt, the file renders blank, and gives me a E138: Can't ...
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can't define command which executes Explore command

I wanted to make an easy way to open a directory. My first try was like this: command! RootDirRubyOpen :e ~/.rbenv/versions/2.0.0-p247<CR> But it didn't work. "Okay then," I thought. And ...
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Disable mouse scrolling in vim with tmux

I'm experiencing the same problem as in this Q&A titled: disabling mouse support in vim in a gnome-terminal environment, where it was found (in the comments for the top answer) the problem wasn't ...
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tcsh/vi-mode behavior difference between Solaris and Linux

We have both Solaris and Linux environments at work. We use tcsh as the standard shell for hundreds of users. My question is about vi-mode in tcsh: In Solaris, while I'm typing, I can backspace ...
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Why does vim jump down to same position after multiple spaces?

I really can't find the answer to this and I would like to understand what going on behind the scenes to make this happen. Is it a setting I have switched on? If so, which one? To give an example, I ...
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Right-align comments in vim

I'm writing C code using vim and are searching for a possibility to right-align my comments so that they all end at col 80. To give a short example: int a = 80; /* initialize a */ int b = 7; /* ...
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How do I use ctags functionality in vim with cscope installed?

When I install cscope by adding the line Bundle 'chazy/cscope_maps to my .vimrc file, my tags menu (g+[) is replaced with a cscope list, which seems to contain a list of files where the tag is called, ...
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How do I make a vim command run automatically with .vimrc?

I run the following vim command to change the colour of highlighted columns to something more palatable than the default red: :highlight ColorColumn ctermbg=235 guibg=#2c2d27 rather than run this ...
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will the same pid be used after getting killed?

I had a file opened using vim editor. It was in a ssh session and since I had been idle for a long time, the session got closed and I had to establish the connection again. I opened the file again ...
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vim/gvim failing to put X11 clipboard in registers “+ or ”*?

Due to the lack of security with standard vino server, I switched to use x11vnc on my linux (with Xubuntu 14.04) box and SSVNC on the windows side. With vino, cut and paste from windows to Linux ...
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Negative lookbehind/ahead assertions in Linux less pager (or vim)

I want to find all instances of "index" not followed by .php in a log using less. /index(?!\.php) does not work. Is this possible? What is the regex for less and vim (do they differ?). Is this not ...
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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. ...