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How to fix Ctrl + arrows in Vim?

I am using Putty -> Suse box -> vim 7.2 combo for editing and want to remap Ctrl + arrows combo to a particular task. But for some reason, Vim ignores the shortcut and goes into insert mode and ...
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Becoming root from inside Vim

Sometimes I start editing configuration files in /etc using Vim, but forget to use sudo to start Vim. The inevitable result then is that after finishing my edits I encounter the dreaded notice that I ...
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Best way to upgrade vim/gvim to 7.3 in Ubuntu 10.04?

I have to use Ubuntu 10.04 at work, and cant upgrade it. I'm using Vim/gVim 7.2. I want to upgrade it to 7.3 (with Python and Ruby extension support). Which is the best way? Add an entry in ...
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What is meant by a shell is in “vi” mode or “emacs” mode?

This question follows directly from the answer to one of my previous questions here. I am newbie to unix world and this site has helped a lot to understand some core concepts. In this case I am ...
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Uncommenting multiple lines of code, specified by line numbers, using vi or vim

I have learned from this Stack Overflow question that it is possible to use vi/vim to comment out a specified range of line numbers. For example, suppose I have the following bash script: ...
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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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How to copy text from vim to an external program?

I'm trying to copy-paste some text from vim. I'm doing v to enter visual mode, then y once I selected my block. It appears to copy the text into vim's clipboard, because p will paste it. But in ...
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How to find out which file is currently opened in vim?

This may sound trivial but, on more than one occasion, I have found myself having forgotten which file in vim I have open (e.g. when I am looking through different log files and such) and the only way ...
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How to do a text replacement in a big folder hierarchy?

I want to search and replace some text in a large set of files excluding some instances. For each line, I want a prompt asking me if I need to replace that line or not. Something similar to vim's ...
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Vim :s replace first N < g occurrences on a line

In vim, I sometimes have occasion to replace the first few occurrences of a match on a line, but not every one like g would. e.g.: a a a a a to b b b a a I know I could use ...
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Replacing Multiple blank lines with a single blank line in vim / sed

Question more or less says it all. I'm aware that /^$/d will remove all blank lines, but I can't see how to say 'replace two or more blank lines with a single blank line' Any ideas?
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Compiling code from vim

New to vim and and I want to be able to compile code from within vim without running a new terminal and calling the compiler. How do I go about doing this? Note that this requirement is not ...
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Match word containing characters beyond a-zA-Z

To match a word one can use \v(\w+) From the vim help :h \w: \w word character: [0-9A-Za-z_] This works exactly as described in the manual. However, I want to match words that contain ...
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Vi: On startup, highlight tags and display tags in a preview window

I am using vi as a note-taking and outlining tool. I am constructing the "tags" file by myself. What I would like to do is that when I open my notes or outline file, vi reads the tags present in this ...
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How can I edit multiple files in VIM?

I know I can open multiple files with vim by doing something like vim 2011-12*.log, but how can I switch between files and close the files one at a time? Also, how can I tell the file name of the ...
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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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How can I set VIM's default encoding to UTF-8?

I'd like to contribute to an open source project providing translated strings. One of their requirements is that contributors must use UTF-8 as the encoding for the PO files. I'm using VIM 7.3 on ...
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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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How to yank a particular line without moving the cursor in vim?

For example How can I yank and paste Line 4 only to Line 12 without having to move the cursor to Line 4?
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Comparing two files in Vim

Is it possible to view two files side-by-side in Vim? If so, how can I set up my editor to do this, and is there a way to diff between the two files within Vim? I am aware of the :next and :prev ...
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Open a file given by the result of a command in vim

I find myself doing the following almost every day Run a find (find -name somefile.txt) Open the result in vim The problem is I have to copy and paste the result of the find into the vim command. ...
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Vi vs vim, or, is there any reason why I would ever want to use vi?

I know a bit about *NIX text editors (currently migrating from nano to vim), and, after looking around a bit on the Unix & Linux SE, have noticed that a fair about of question use vi instead of ...
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How to get vim to work with tmux properly?

I'm trying to figure out how to get vim and tmux play together. My problem is: When I use xterm-256color I get vim to work nicely, but the background doesn't render properly. I fixed this by using ...
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tmux, TERM and 256 colours support

Introduction My question arises from the necessity of understanding why I have now (after multiple trials) Terminal and tmux supporting 256 colours and tput colors telling me there are only 8 of ...
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Is there a way to place a comment in a file which vim will process in order to set filetype?

For example, if I want to have a file with the name gitconfig (no leading .) be recognised by vim as being of filetype=gitconfig, is there a means of indicating this in a comment or something similar ...
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Vim: word wrap for documents

Whats the best way to do word wrapping for a document in vim? I'd like have each line wrap at 80 characters, not just visually wrap but enter a newline. I got this kind of working by using :set wrap ...
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Application-specific keymapping

In general, I want to make specific keymaps for application, that working only in it and doesn't affect any other app. For example, I already use my Caps key to toggle input language (via xorg.conf), ...
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tmux, Vim and Solarized

Premises Browsing around tmux, Vim and Solarized I can find lots of complains about 256 colours and "user experience". Well, I'm having the opposite "problem", i.e. Vim works well with a full ...
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Is it possible to create and use menus in (terminal-based) vim?

I'm setting up virtualized Linux boxes (as local development servers) for developers at a company that is primarily Windows-based, and some of developers make negative cracks about vim (among other ...
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How to fix the shifted function keys in vim in xterm in gnome-terminal?

When I hit the <s-f2> key to execute my nnoremap <s-f2> :set number! mapping Vim opens its "Insert" mode above (O) and types the 1;2Q string. In order to see the entire terminal key code – ...
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How different is Elvis from Vim?

I've been using Slackware for a while now, which ships with Elvis as its default editor. Most other Linux distributions seem to ship with Vim, instead of Elvis. Having gotten quite used to Elvis, ...
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Is there a vim shortcut for <name of current file>?

In vim, if I'm working on a Python script, I will commonly type: :! python this_script.py to execute the script. Is there a shortcut for the name of the current file? If not, can I easily make one? ...
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why inode value changes when we edit in “vi” editor?

When I edit a file in "vi" editor the inode value of the file is changing. But when edited with cat command the inode value is not changing.
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vi / vim - how to automatically strip trailing spaces on save?

Is there a .vimrc setting to automatically remove trailing whitespace when saving a file? Ideally (to be safe) I would like to only have this functionality for certain files, e.g. *.rb
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vim auto indenting even after setting noai option

I am using vim 7.2 from putty terminal. Even if I run set noai it seems vim still trying to indent code. I am copying my code from Notepad++ to vim. following is from Notepad++ and following what I ...
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What is difference between w and W in escape mode of vim?

I am looking at the vim help quickref commands for moving cursor. Following lines confuse me because I find both of them working same. Could some one elaborate me difference with an example. N w ...
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GNU Screen makes Vim ESC key slow

Screen makes my ESC key wait for more commands I beleive, and if it does not get those commands, it sends it to my terminal Session (which I am running VIM in). ESC is used alot in VIM and currently ...
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Saving with CTRL-s in vim

I have added this line in .vimrc so that pressing control-s saves the current file :nmap <C-s> :w!<cr> :imap <C-s> <esc>:w!<cr> But this is not working. Any ...
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Clipboard over SSH session through VIM

I have a server running SSH, when I edit a file with vim on the remote server, :y+ doesn't work since the VIM binary on that linux system wasn't compiled with X support. (E488: Trailing characters) ...
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The Right Distro for text-based needs

I'm searching for the right Linux Distro. My four current ideas are: Gentoo Grml Arch Debian But I'm absoluty open to more alternatives. Now a little bit more about my needs: I want it to be ...
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Turn NumLock on on startup?

I usually edit in Vim,and when pressing +, I'd rather move my hand to the right part of the keyboard where + resides rather than doing shift + =. But when NumLock is not on, in Vim it just opens a ...
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How can I disable bells/visualbells in vim?

How can I disable bells/visualbells in vim? I've tried: set noeb set novb .. but nothing has changed afaik. Just to be clear, I'm referring to the visual bell I get in vim when I do something ...
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VIM Executing a key command in a function

I have a function, and I want to execute a key command, but I get the error Trailing characters: function! MyFunction() if condition <C-W><C-W> else :some_other_command ...
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gvim -p limit of opened tabs?

When I run : gvim -p *.xyz I find that not all files are opened in tabs. It feels, like a kind of tab limit? But ! When I try to open unopened with : :tabnew it is opened next to previous ...
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vim search numbers containing specific number of digits

I need to find specific length numbers in a big document. I tried to use regex for this. For example, If I need to search for numbers with exactly 2 digits, I use /d/d (i.e. /d twice followed by a ...
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Switching to edit mode in VIM rc?

Still related to the previous question, but switching mode with exe "a" doesn't seem to work, I still have to press the a button manually Here upon opening a newly created a file, a template is in ...
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How to copy from one vim instance to another using registers

How can I select the + register? I have problems following the instructions below to copy/paste text from vim to another vim: In the vim, highlight, select + register, and yank (save) to it: Shift-v ...
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Command-line editing vim style [duplicate]

I recently discovered terminal's feature, you can set the keys emacs or vi style I prefer the second. so if you do set -o vi You can use k j l h keys to navigate on the command line. And you can ...
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vim and tmux are conflicting. How can I fix this? [duplicate]

I'm having a painful experience with tmux. I'm using solarized in vim but when I run tmux then my vim configuration does not work. It's as if solarized is not configured in my .vimrc. Out of tmux ...
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Unmet dependencies

I am trying to compile vim and install with "--enable-pythoninterp" flag, which needs the python-dev package. INFO I obtained the vim source from ftp://ftp.vim.org/pub/vim/unix/vim-7.3.tar.bz2 Vim7.3 ...