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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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Advantages (or downsides) of GVim over Vim to edit code

Should I install vim or GVim ? I develop mainly Ruby on Rails (I also use IDE's, but different topic). Are there any differences or advantage of using Gvim vs vim ?
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VIM see regular expressions matches as you type

If I type /regex then the cursor temporarily jumps to the first match and all matches are highlighted. This updates as I type. Is it possible to get this behavior when I'm getting ready to make a ...
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E763 with vim and spell checker

I want to add germand spell checking to vim. So I set :set spl=de_de spell then there is a dialogue, where I can create a directory called .vim/spell. And then there is another question where I can ...
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Help understanding modifiable in Vim

During a OS upgrade (Linux), Vim or some part of it has been updated as well. Now it happens that sometimes when I save a file (the file is not saved) I get this error: E21: Cannot make changes, ...
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Vim insert mode completion for sentences

I would like to have insert mode completion for sentences rather than lines in vim. C-x C-l completes lines, but cannot complete sentences that do not start with a new line. For example: I have a ...
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Exiting block insert mode with Ctrl-C

In vim, if you are in block insert mode (Ctrl-V, Shift-I) and exit using Ctrl-C (instead of Esc), it cancels the block edit (and only edits the first row). Why is this? In almost all other contexts, ...
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Don't expand command line mapping (cmap) until pressing enter in vim

I have cmap w!! %!sudo tee > /dev/null % in my .vimrc. When I type a w while writing in the vim command line (after :), the cursor stays over the w for a few seconds before moving right. This ...
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Vim script check running platform

" Get running OS let os = "" if has("win32") let os="win" else if has("unix") let s:uname = system("uname") if s:uname == "Darwin" let os="mac" else let os="unix" endif ...
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vim hot keys with variables

I am trying to do a mapping that moves the current line to another line. Something like nnoremap < space >m$VARIABLE :m $VARIABLE <CR> dd
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vim: create file with +x bit

Is there any way to set +x bit on script while creating? For example I run: vim -some_option_to_make_file_executable script.sh and after saving I can run file without any additional movings. ps. ...
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Installing vim/emacs on solaris 8

At my new job, they want me to use a solaris 8 operating system, but all my coding experience has been on linux. Linux had a lot of tools built into the system, but it seems like the solaris I'm using ...
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vim custom pop up menu

How do I create a custom completion pop up menu. I would like to be able to begin typing a part of a string then press a custom key combination to bring up a pop up completion of just a certain group ...
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Vim not running inside tmux

When I try to open a file using vim inside tmux the whole window freezes. I have to kill the window with C-a &. Here are my ~/.vimrc settings: :set autoindent :set ts=4 :set number :set ...
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Replacement in VIM with regular expression matched part unchanged

Suppose I want to append two digit numbers in my file with "some_thing". Like from this: 12 23 45 to 12_something 23_something 45_something How can I do this using regular expression ...
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How to replace text after the cursor location in VIM

Suppose I have one line: Linux is not_ Linux My cursor lies on the _ mark and I want to replace the second Linux to Unix,how can I do that in vim?
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VIM jump from one xml tag to the closing one

Is there a shortcut to jump from , e.g <XX> to </XX> ? I already give it a try with '%' , but it doesn't work for this situation.
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No syntax coloring in vim for me, but ok for my students

My students get syntax coloring in vim, but I don't! Even when I "syntax on" as a command syntax on or put it in my .vimrc and/or .exrc. The terminal is xterm. I am missing something in vim or is ...
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Configure vim's :make to switch or open tabs on error

When I run :make from vim and there's an error, it opens that file on the error line number in the current buffer. If possible, I would prefer it switch tabs to the file if it's already open, or make ...
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How can I disable terminal resizing

Vim scripts sometimes resize the whole shell (in my case the Taglist plugin). I don't want this behavior, which is possible with the shell command resize, too. Is there a way to suppress the whole ...
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Vim freezes for a short time

When I work in vim, it happens (often) that it freezes for a second or two... after that it comes back to a normal life, executing all what I have typed when it was frozen I saw this behavior on two ...
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VIM -Change waiting time for combined key maps

In VIM, When I map for example <F9><F10> to a command and <F9> to another command , it waits for 1-2 seconds when I press F9 to allow me press <F10> to access the command ...
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Multiply certain numbers in a text -file by certain constant

I want an alternative solution to this jQuery hack, tasting a bit reinventing the wheel -- look I am sure I could do this with some one-liner using basic *ix tools. Look much easier and ...
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Repeat the nth last command in vim

I've noticed vim can be pretty intuitive, but I'm having trouble finding a way to repeat the second-to-last command (or third-to-last, fourth-to-last, etc.). By typing . in normal mode it will repeat ...
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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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Vim interface on web browser input fields?

I am looking for a browser plugin which inputs textin of input boxes with the same keyboard interface of the Vim text editor. I have adopted Vimium which makes general navigation much more effective, ...
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Vim visual mode to system clipboard?

Using the vim text editor, I am looking for a method to copy content highlighted in visual mode to the system clipboard (i.e. I would then be able to Ctr-v that content say in a browser window). Is ...
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vimrc mapping line numbers

I have these lines in my .vimrc file: :map <F9> :exe ':!gdbset bp "%:'.line(".").'"'<CR><CR> :map <F8> :exe ':!gdbset clear bp "%:'.line(".").'"'<CR><CR> They ...
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Indent the middle of multiple lines

I often run into situations like this: title : Jekyll Bootstrap tagline: Site Tagline author : name : Name Lastname email : blah@email.test github : username twitter : username feedburner : ...
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Using VIM, how do I remap directional keys from right hand to left hand?

This is the best solution I've seen so far: " Map Right Directionals to Left Commands noremap s h noremap d k noremap f j noremap g l " Map Left Commands to Right Directionals noremap h s noremap k ...
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Replace using VIM, reuse part of the search pattern

I am working with VIm and trying to set up a search and replace command to do some replacements where I can re-use the regular expression that is part of my search string. A simple example would be a ...
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Run a vim macro from inside a bash script

In a bash script I want to edit a file. Is there a way to write a macro in vim, save it and then call it in bash script?
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Using vim/gvim as editor for Thunderbird

Is there a way to use vim/gvim as an editor for thunderbird? There was an add-on for it but it is now very out of date.
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Saving files on lost focus in Vim

I have been trying to setup the shell version of vim to save any changed files when the shell window loses focus. Following these instructions does not work. Even though I am using OS X, I figure ...
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Problem with vim when logged in as root

When I login as root or edit a file by sudo mode all of the options in my /etc/vimrc are not working (e.g. highlight line-number etc.)
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Vim - Bind a key to a bash command

In VIM, is there a way to bind a key to a shell command? For example when F3 is pressed git commit -a -m "test" should be executed.
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Make gVim use last compiled version of vim

I've compiled the latest version of vim with some options. Is there a way to make gVim use the same vim as in the console ?
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Vim - Cursorline turns on after saving a remote file

Using vim scp://.... I open a remote file. cursorline is not shown until I save the file(:w). When I type :w and enter password, cursorline appears.If I type :set nocursorline it disappears but again ...
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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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Add consecutive numbers succintly and elegantly to index lines

I usually do this $ wc questions 33 36 3105 questions $ seq 1 33 > nums $ paste nums questions 1 Content 2 ... . . 33 End Content but I feel there could be faster way to do ...
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Can I make Tmux tell Vim when its pane loses focus?

I use Vim and Bash side-by-side in Tmux. I have Vim configured to autosave files as I switch between them, but I'd really like it to autosave when I switch to the Bash pane. Is there a way to get ...
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How to make a symbolic link to /usr/bin/vim but with start-up parameters?

After I make&make install vim from source, I found many symbolic links of vim in /usr/local/bin, such as evim, rvim, view... The vim(1) man page said that "rvim" is equivalent to "vim -Z" and so ...
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How can I unset non standard vim options?

On a hosted system I logged in via SSH and edited a file with vim. Usually once I'm in insert mode I can just paste from my local clipboard into the ssh window and VIM accepts it fine, but for some ...
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Is “temp” a reserved system name?

I was doing homework on a remote server, and I realized that I had my header and cpp files swapped. So, I wanted to change the names. I began by renaming my header file 'temp'. Then, weird things ...
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“Swap file xxx already exists” when editing apache configuration file in vim?

Using vim I keep getting a message saying "Swap file xxx already exists" when I'm editing an apache config. However, I don't see it in the working directory on in tmp. How do I delete this?
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xsel < /tmp/xselection not working in script

I'm trying to use the following script: #!/usr/bin/env bash # Edit xselection in gvim xsel > /tmp/xselection gvim /tmp/xselection xsel < /tmp/xselection But the final line does not seem to be ...
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How can I search for and highlight multiple strings in VIM?

In VIM, how can I search for multiple strings and have a different color highlight for each match?
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Terminal and Vim

I open a terminal then I open Vim. Then I work on my source code, but unfortunately I click on the close button of the terminal title bar and my work is lost. Is it possible to configure Vim such that ...
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What is `^M` and how do I get rid of it?

When I open the file in vim I am seeing strange ^M characters. Unfortunately, the world's favorite search engine does not do well with special characters in queries, so I'm asking here: What is ...
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vim: replace all character till end of line

Maybe I am being daft but can you replace all the characters from where the cursor is to the end of line by one command? Then use . to do the same replace on the next line and so on.