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Automatically insert fold tags around visually selected text in vim

I have started to use set foldmethod=marker, because I find it more convenient to use rather than syntax. But it has the disadvantage of needing to write // {{{ my title and // }}} around any ...
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Different vim colorscheme depending on mode

I'm often doing the same mistake in vim: I forget whether I'm in insert or command mode, then I type in, I get random commands or I modify/delete code, and I have to undo. I do this mistake really ...
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Is there a way in vim to know I am in the left most split?

I want to detect whether or not I am in the right most (or left, top, bottommost) split. In other words, when ctrl-w h would do nothing. Is there a way to do that?
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vim install on freebsd has taken 5 hours and counting

Ok, so installed portmaster and I'm trying with it, I'm hoping it won't take time. So I've been up all night and my vim installation is still going on. I have an amazon ec2 freebsd server setup. I ...
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lsof doesn't return files open by the same user

Consider this simple scenario: I open a text file ~/textfile.txt with vim in one terminal (tried with both edit and read-only modes). In a different terminal, I run /usr/sbin/lsof ~/textfile.txt ...
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Changing color of tabs titles in vim color files

In my custom color.vim file there are multiples entries like these ones: :hi VertSplit gui=none cterm=reverse :hi Folded ctermfg=grey ctermbg=darkgrey :hi FoldColumn ctermfg=4 ctermbg=7 :hi IncSearch ...
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How do I get pkg_add to look in the correct directory on the remote ftp repository when installing vim?

I have a brand new clean installation of FreeBSD 9.1 on Virtualbox. Running pkg_add -r -v vim, the terminal runs an ftp script to: ...
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.exrc file in home dir not effective

I made a simple .exrc vim config file in my home directory on RHEL 5.8. Here are the contents: set nu However, when I go into vim, the line number are not shown. It may be worth noting that I am ...
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Editors Nano/VIM not using resources

Does anyone here know the resources it takes for editors to search and replace in a large file? The reason I am asking, is I have a 32 core server that HTOP is only showing one core at 100% when ...
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File goes missing for a short period of time after saving it using VIM

I am having a strange problem that seams to be caused by VIM, the Linux VFS cache, ecryptfs and/or something file system related: I open a file in VIM, modify it and save it. I try to access the ...
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How to reload a file in vim?

Various editors like gedit detect if the file is changed and asks to reload it. Sometimes in vim when I got many files to edit, I sometimes end up opening same file in different tabs for quick look ...
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ls and vim color on SunOS 5.8/Solaris 8

I want to use ls and vim with color on Sunos 5.8 SunOS 5.8 Generic_117350-11 sun4u sparc SUNW,Sun-Blade-2500 I have installed ls (GNU coreutils) 6.9 and vim 7.2 In ~/.cshrc: setenv TERM sun-color ...
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Cron creates vim process but does not display vim

Under MacOSX 10.8.2 I am able to run vim as follows in the bash shell: /usr/bin/vim -c "normal G" -c 'startinsert' ~/.journal If I put the exact same command in a script: #! /bin/bash export ...
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Launch R code from within vim-r-plugin as separate window instead of inside tmux/screen?

I use the vim-r-plugin to write R code in vim. It is a nice plugin and I love that the plugin lets me run code directly from within vim. However, the R prompt is opened in a console which is ...
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Replaced matched text in Vim with pattern

Here's a minimal example of what I'm trying to do. Start with: "this") "that") [hundreds of lines like this] End with: "this",&this) "that",&that) [hundreds of lines like this] I have gotten this ...
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What are some of the main differences between vim and vi?

What are a few of the main differences between vi and vim? Are there any significant keyboard shortcut differences, any features that one has that the other does not? Yes, I do know that I asked ...
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Is this crazy vim register voodoo (incrementing alpha registers) possible within a macro?

I have 4 lines. foo ["bar"] baz ["k"] daskhfkjhadsfj ["askfjhfjdsh"] dfjhafkjhfha ["skkksks"] I'd like to do a macro that takes the word and yanks it into a register, but I want the register to ...
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Rename current file in vim

Searching over net shows :f filename would rename the current file in vim. But executing this and later exiting vim, shows the new file with all the contents and also the old file is present with the ...
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In Vim, how can I automatically determine whether to use spaces or tabs for indentation?

Sometimes I edit others source code where the prevailing style is to use tabs. In this case, I want to keep the existing convention of using literal tabs. For files I create myself, and files that ...
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Vim: Making XML text “pretty”

Is there an easy way within vi to make your XML text "pretty"? For example: I want this.. <person> <name>Nick</name> <age>26</age> ...
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Kate vs VIM/Emacs regarding speed [closed]

I'm trying to learn C++ in school using a UNIX environment and our professor urges us to use VIM or Emacs because a GUI is disadvantageous for two reasons: Moving your hands off the keyboard and ...
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How to enable nano-like whitespace highlighting in vim?

nano has a useful bit of syntax highlighting that actually highlights whitespace (tabs and spaces), under two conditions: (1) the whitespace does not have a non-whitespace character between either the ...
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How can I open a file in VIM in readonly mode if it already has a swapfile?

When I use the command :e filename to open a file and this file is already opened by another vim instance, I get a prompt asking me if I want to open the file in read-only mode, edit anyway, recover, ...
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Why does insert-mode map “<F4>” unpredictably inserts itself or executes intended key strokes?

In Vim 7.3.1-762, mintty 1.1.2 (xterm), cygwin, Windows XP, the insert-mode map <F4> executes the intended key strokes at one time but inserts itself at another time. This undeterministic ...
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Utilize a different user's vimrc as well as vim folder

First of all, to prevent an X/Y Problem, I'll just state that what I really want is: Run vim as the root user. Instruct vim to use my nice pretty color scheme and all my plugins. Do all this without ...
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Write out without quitting in Vim?

I looked through the vim manual, and I could only find the commands for "write and quit" and "write (if edited) and quit". Is there a command for "write out without quitting", similar to ^o in nano?
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How to change variable color in vim solarized theme?

I have just installed solarized theme for vim from https://github.com/altercation/vim-colors-solarized But the problem for me is that the background stays black and I have the variable names in ...
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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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Using CtrlP isn't giving very good results - am I using it wrong?

I was hoping that I could just type "job.php" and be directed to the job.php in my /lib/model/ folder, but I've mostly just get many other files returned: [No name] > ...
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Reload Vim highlight setting and colorscheme

If I change Vim's highlight setting, how do I "reload" it for colorschemes to take effect? So, in my case, I remove highlight's cursor line number— se hl-=N:CursorLineNr Changing highlight from— ...
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What does vim consider to be a word? [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: Match word containing characters beyond a-zA-Z I do not understand vims definition of a word. From the help for the motion w (:h w): w [count] words forward. ...
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vim how to configure backspace and delete key's both as normal

How to configure following keys in vim? Backspace key to delete a character backwards. Delete key to delete a character forwards. After reading some posts, I got to know that only one of those can ...
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How to scroll large datafile while keeping header

Suppose I have some large datafile, which overflow the screen in both vertical and horizontal direction. How can I browse this file, while the header-lines stay on the screen? For the moment, I am ...
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How to set the bash display to not show the vim text after exit?

My question is simple, but I am finding it hard to frame/explain it easily. I log into several Unix boxes with different accounts. I see 2 different things for user1 and user2, while editing text ...
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The key codes for Caps Lock, Shift, Left Control and FN key?

Can somebody please provide the key codes for these keys: Caps Lock Left Shift Left Control Option key FN The key code I'm talking about is something along the lines of \<Esc>[200~, although ...
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How to consistently start Vim's command line to make a mapping work in any mode?

I try to normalize access to Vim's command line mode from any other mode in order to simplify my actual mappings. For example to make the <f6> key work from anywhere I define the following ...
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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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How to change Vim's command type mode programmatically?

Is there a simple way to switch from one command type mode to another without loosing the current command line? In my ~/.vimrc file I remap the <space> and <c-space> character, coming ...
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Jump between the “if” and “fi” in vim, while editing a bash script?

Just like you could jump between pairs, i.e (), can I extend this feature to jump between beginning tags and ending tags? i.e in bash, jump between if and fi
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How to search the current word in all opened tabs in Vim?

I have started learning Vim word-search using * and # while the cursor is over the current word. But this search is limited to the current file buffer. Is there a command or a shortcut to extend this ...
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vim backspace not working normally

The Backspace key is not working as expected in vim and also in vi. It is working as the Delete key, and Delete key is deleting the char, but instead something wierd happens. But, for now, I am trying ...
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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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Pretty print in VIM?

I have few lines that each of them are colon separated values, abc:def:3 Now I could do the reformat with printf plus IFS variable, while read line; do IFS=":" printf "%-20s %-16s %5d\n" ...
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Disable vi from going to the last visited line upon file opening

Is there something I can put in my exrc file to prevent vi from going to the last line I was on last time I had the file open and just set the cursor at the top by default? I think it is ...
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Replace unicode chars in VIM?

I got some logs from a windows machine, which contains multiple instances of <200e>, I know it's a unicode char, but how can I remove it with s command? I don't know how to input that in the ...
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How to add a line in many files

I have many .html files and I need to add a meta tag after <head>'s start tag in each file. How I can do that? Can vim help me?
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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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Vim to print file on terminal and exit

I would like vim to do this in order to have syntax highlight as set up in vim (or without need for extra tools). So instead to use cat file | <some_sh_tool> I would use vim +"some_opts" +"..." ...
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How to automatically refresh Vim on buffer/window focus?

I often use Control+L to redraw the screen in Vim. In particular, when I come out of sleep or change monitor configurations I often find that Vim needs to be redrawn. I thought it might be simpler to ...
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How does vim steal root owned files?

Witness the following: sh-3.2$ mkdir testcase sh-3.2$ cd testcase sh-3.2$ sudo touch temp sh-3.2$ ls -al total 0 drwxr-xr-x 3 glen staff 102 19 Dec 12:38 . drwxr-xr-x 12 glen staff 408 19 Dec ...