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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 vi is used instead of 'vim' in a fair number ...
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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 ...
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Copy text from one tmux pane to another (using vim)

I have two files opened in vim, each in one tmux pane. I would like to copy let's say 10 lines from one file to another. How can I accomplish this not using the mouse's Copy -> Paste ?
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Remove large chunks from json using vim

I have a huge file (1/2 million lines) of json. I need to delete a set of entries that contain a certain string. { "bla1": { "Part1": "Plop1", "Part2": "Plop2", "Part3": ...
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How to reference a script-local dictionary in a Vim mapping?

Somehow I'm not able to execute the following mapping: function! s:MySurroundingFunctionIWantToKeep() let s:Foobar={'foo': 'bar'} map \42 :echo <sid>Foobar.foo<cr> endfunction call ...
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Reassigning Ctrl + Arrow keys in Vim [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: How to fix Ctrl + arrows in Vim? Through the several tutorials and tips and tricks site about Vim, I think I happened to read that one can reassign a combination of keys ...
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How to reverse-match a string in the Vim programming language?

I want to find the last index of any character in the [abc] set in the abcabc string but the search should start from the end of the string: " Returns the 0th index but I want the 5th. let ...
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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 to display the permissions of a new file in the status line of the Vim editor?

With the following piece of code I get the permissions for an existing file: augroup Get_file_perm autocmd! autocmd BufWinEnter,FileChangedShell * let w:file_perm=getfperm(expand('%:p')) augroup ...
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Globally replace Vi with Vim on Fedora

On Debian-based systems the alternatives system handles both the vi and vim executable. So if vim is installed and you execute vi, you also get vim, which I find very nice, because I absolutely hate ...
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Loading a color scheme has no effect in Vim

I had selected some really smart looking color schemes for Vim here Following the instruction inside those files I've copied them in my $VIMRUNTIME/colors directory. When Vim is launched in normal ...
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Insert newlines with vim

How to insert newlines in vim? For example in a file containing test-classes; classes; xmlunit-1.3.jar I am looking for the vim equivalent of sed command sed -i 's/; /\n/g' classpath to obtain ...
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Modeless vs modal editors

I just started learning Linux and all my previous experience of programming has been using the Windows platform. I came across Vim editor and read that it is modal editor unlike notepad which is ...
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How do I insert the current filename into the contents in Vim?

After some searching, I got to know :echo @% displays the current filename in the bottom line of vim-screen. I would like to dump the filename (with and without full path) into the contents of the ...
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Suggested setup for an ultra-lightweight text-based programming environment in linux

I am looking for suggestions for a setup for my particular needs. I haven't done much linux since college and want to get back into it as a hobby. I have some not-too-powerful hardware (512 MB ram, ...
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How to enable vim addon packages?

I have installed vim-nox as well as vim-latexsuite and vim-outliner on Ubuntu 12.10. There's nothing wrong with Vim but neither of the add-on packages does anything. What do I have to do to in order ...
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Automatically create matching braces in vim

How do I automatically create matching braces in vim? It should work as follows: If I input an open brace the closing one should appear automatically and the cursor should be placed in between. To ...
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In Vim, how can I delete all text from the current cursor position until the next space?

In Vim, I know d$, that deletes everything to the end of line. But how can I delete all text from the current cursor position until the next space? dw doesn't work, since it treats symbols like colon ...
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vim auto complete custom list

I had these two questions about this function " how do I load a file into a list here? " set some variable func! CustomComplete() " and then read the variable here so that b:list = a \n split ...
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Does using ctrl+c instead of esc to exit insert mode break anything in vi?

When using vi, you can exit insert mode with Ctrl + C instead of the more traditional Esc. Are there any situations where it would be undesirable to use for former instead of the latter? Does it break ...
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Vim R plugin installation problem on Ubuntu in Android phone

There was another thread on vim-R-plugin but since it was bit old, I started this new thread. Also my situation is kind of different, since I am trying this on a mobile device, Samsung vibrate. I ...
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How do I cycle through panes inside a window in tmux like in screen?

I thought Tmux - move window to pane was the same question but it doesn't seem to be. Coming from using GNU screen regularly, I'm looking for tmux to do the same things. On of the things I do ...
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map “Ñ” to “:” in vim

I want map the key Ñ (Shift+ñ) to : in the normal mode of vim. I've searched vim configs with Ntilde but I've found nothing. Any idea?.
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vim automatic substitution

I have the following lines: '0, '1, '2, '3, How to put quote before the comma? I've tried the following so far: %s/[0-9],/&/g so & here replaces the matched pattern...
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Avoid a prompt about change file mode in a Vim script

I'm trying to make every file that start with shebang to be executable by default, so I use the following line in my vimrc, au BufWritePost * if getline(1) =~ "^#!" | silent !chmod a+x <afile> ...
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Solarized color definitions in vimrc file

The solarized theme defines some base colors and assigns those to variables, as seen here. I would like to know how I can use these color definitions in my .vimrc file. Currently, I use pathogen to ...
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What's the recommended way of copying changes with vimdiff?

When comparing files, and updating a source code repository, I like to use vimdiff. To copy changes made from one file to the other, I usually use a key sequence like this:- Shift + V (select line) k ...
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Can't do backward search with big N in vim, some plugins override it

I just found I couldn't do the backward search with N anymore, it looks like to be overridden by some other plugins, Not sure how that happened, how do I find out which plugin got this?
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Vim colorize edit mode

I'm trying to tailor vim to my needs and I would like vim to visually indicate when it is in some kind of edit mode (insert/replace) by, for example, coloring the background red. Is there any way to ...