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console vim in screen session: remap Ctrl-Shift-Left, Ctrl-Shift-Right to not delete lines

I have my gvim setup so that I can select word-wise with Ctrl-Shift-Right, Ctrl-Shift-Left etc. (yes, I know it's a bad habit, but it works for me..). Unfortunately, these key combinations delete ...
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Why does mapping <esc> cause arrow keys to fail in vim?

When I do inoremap <Esc> <Esc>`^ in vim, the next time I switch to insert mode (after using Esc) the arrow keys fail to move the cursor (they insert letters instead). Why does that ...
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Use configuration file for ftp with auto login enabled upon initial connection

I would like to so the same thing like in SSH where you can save the server in the config file. I would also like to save my username and password, so that it is not prompted each time I connect. I ...
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Vim: VimRepress and Wordpress.com - how to insert code snippets?

I've started using Vim and VimRepress plugin to blog. My blog is on Wordpress.com - so I cannot install plugins etc. A lot of my posts have code snippets in them - and in Markdown syntax, I indent ...
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What causes swap files to be created?

As part of the program I wrote, I constantly read and write data from files. I noticed that as part of doing so, I am inadvertently creating swap .swp files. What do you think is going on? What would ...
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How to limit a search to the current line

VIM newbie here. I'm trying to write a mapping that will let me move around 'common' insertion points in a line when in insert mode. For ex. I have the delimitMate plugin - so typing a opening ...
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how to focus different `regions`(Ctrl-a S) via mouse-click in `screen`?

When I start vim in a screen session, and activate the mouse: :set mouse=a the mouse remains disabled. I cannot switch tabs via mouse click. How can I configure screen so that mouse support in vim ...
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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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Vim shortcuts in insert mode

When I'm entering some text in vim, sometimes I need to jump to some other place and enter more text. I know there are some shortcuts with ctrl key to simplify the movement. What are the most useful ...
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Expand regex on multiple lines in Vim

I am working on removing comments from a C source file. Let's focus on multiline comments /* ... */ and ignore the inline ones (//) The following command seems to work with (solaris) sed: ...
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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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Case-preserving search and replace in vim?

In vim, I know I can search with or without case sensitivity. But if I want to search for a string in either upper or lower case, and replace it with a replacement of the same case, is that possible ...
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File open in tabs automatically

I want to set up vim so that it opens automatically in tab and not in buffers. I know that I could use alias gvim='gvim -p' or some such shell mapping but I am wondering if there is a way to do that ...
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How does this vim command work `:g/#/+1t.`

I was playing vimgolf (very addictive by the way) and I can't understand one of the solutions to this challenge http://vimgolf.com/challenges/4d1a34ccfa85f32065000004 The challenge is to convert this ...
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How can I paste (overwriting) with vim?

In vim I use yy and p all the time to yank and paste lines. However, if I want to replace one line multiple places in the file, I can't use yy p dd p because the dd deletes the line to the clipboard ...
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Tab spacing in VIM

I want to change tab key spacing to 4 spaces in VIM editor on CVS server. I know the :set tabstop=4 command is used for that but it does not have a permanent effect. After restarting VIM it changes ...
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Vim: mouse support lost after using netrw in xterm

Every time I access the filesystem using: :tabe dirname (e.g.: :tabe .) :vsp dirname :sp dirname in order to open some file while editing another one, I lose the mouse support inside the Vim ...
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Vim unnamed register + or *

Im using Vim 7.3 in Ubuntu and I'm having a little problem copying to the system clipboard with the following command "+y but I'm getting the following error: E354: Invalid register name: '+' In my ...
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vim horizontal line count

Using set number you can turn on vertical line count. Is there also a command to turn on horizontal line count? I hate talking my hands away from typing and would like to be able to quickly address ...
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Provide user name when using vim with scp

I was reading about SSH here http://blogs.perl.org/users/smylers/2011/08/ssh-productivity-tips.html and found that you can use vim to directly modify a file on a remote server that you can ssh into. ...
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Why can't vim find syntax.vim on my fresh Ubuntu installation?

I'm trying to make some basic customizations to vim. All I want is some syntax highlighting, etc. Basically, not just plain text. My .vimrc file consists of 7 lines: backspace=2 syntax on filetype ...
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sv_SE.UTF-8 Problems with Bash and VIM in iTerm2

Two specific issues, despite me running iconv -f iso-8859-15 on my old files when converting from sv_SE.iso8859-15 to sv_SE.utf-8 I still get distorted characters. And I believe it's because of Vim ...
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Vim shared copy register

When working with Vim I often work from multiple monitors and multiple split terminals so I have multiple instances of VIM running at all time. Is there a way to have a persistent shared register that ...
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How to write any Unicode Key without Pre-programmed key for it in kbd?

I am trying to find some Unix tool to input any Unicode key. I am fine with X application or console but I use Vi/m and it may have this property. For example, suppose I want to input key "U+0303" or ...
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How to store Vim tabstop settings in the file?

I need different tab widths for different files when using Vim. Is there a way to store this information in the file, and let Vim apply the setting automatically?
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Open up many files in panes at once

When I need to edit multiple files, it's really a pain to have to open them one by one. Is there a way to open multiple files in VIM from the commandline?
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How to Display Hidden Characters While Typing?

How can I configure vim to display hidden characters like tabs or spaces ONLY while those characters are typed? I do not want tabs and/or space replaced with special characters like ">" or "_" when ...
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How to Re-Create Missing Vim Directory?

The /etc/vim directory and the symlinks from /usr/share/vim to it are missing. Does anyone know how to re-create the directory and links?
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(G)VIM uses a different $PATH than my system

Because Ubuntu provides no up-to-date packages for TeXLive, I installed it manually. However, some programs need TeXLive as dependency. So what I did is I installed the TeXLive package from the Ubuntu ...
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How to install light-weight vim and to be able to efficiently load files into one instance vim?

On my laptop with Ubuntu I'm able to have just one instance of vim, launched with vim --servername VIM After this I'm able to open files from console with vim --remote-silent filename I use ...
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VIM: Create a function to generate several lines of buffer

I have about ninety configuration files that I need to add an almost identical block of additional code to, with only two instances of a single word differing each time. I would very much like to ...
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vi - how to join differents specific lines

I'm looking for a solution about a "paste" problem on vi/vim . How to join specific lines in a text file? I have a file like this: 15/10/2011 Revolution day 16/10/2011 About Rome - differents ...
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vim regex not need \ to escape

In Vim is there an option to write regexs in the same style as Awk for example/sp\{0,\}/ Would be /sp{0,}/
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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 am I getting 'Name collision between …' errors and how can I fix them?

Every time I try to launch vim or emacs or even top (I think it's actually any command that uses ncurses) in a unix terminal (on a cluster computer over ssh), I get a a continuous stream of 'Name ...
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How to open a file in the last closed position in VI

I want to open a file which is closed in line xxx. So I can easily continue editing
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Switch VI to use backspace key instead of Control+H for backspace?

I'm on Solaris 10 and by default vi version SVR4.0, Solaris 2.5.0 is installed. The system was set up so that when I ssh to it Control+H does backspace, and backspace outputs ^? I added stty erase ...
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How to run gVim in a single instance

I want it in such a way that on double clicking an already opened file, or a new file, gVim uses the same window. From this question asked previously on Stackoverflow I figured out how to do this by ...
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ESC key causes a small delay in terminal due to its Alt+ behavior

My terminal setup is gnome-terminal + tmux + zsh with vi bindings. In applications like vim or even in the zsh's command line vi editing mode, I need to frequently hit the ESC key but there is a ...
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How can I check what version of the VI editor I have?

How can I check what version of the vi editor I have? What's the best way to upgrade it or install vim on Solaris?
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Install Gvim after vim

I would like to run vim via X11 (over SSH). Vim comes pre-installed on my NAS (running Debian), however the GUI is not. When I run vim -g, I get this error: E25: GUI cannot be used: Not enabled at ...
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Block editing *live* in Emacs or Vim

jEdit supports block editing, but Emacs and Vim seem to have some serious usability issues on the same subject. If someone could fill in the unknowns here it would be much more bearable to use either ...
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How to write a column of consecutive integers in Vim over existing text?

For example, imagine I had the following text: / apple / orange / banana / bread How could I efficiently add consecutive integers in a column to make? /1 apple /2 orange /3 banana /4 bread Note ...
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How to preserve special characters highlighting when converting to HTML?

I have an issue with the :TOhtml command. It works great, but it doesn't preserve the list option. If I do: :set list listchars=tab:>-,trail:.,extends:> :TOhtml The special characters ...
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Move to next capital letter

Is there an easy way to move to the next capital letter with vim? I'm often working with camel-cased variables and it could be useful.
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creating vim plugins

I would like to attempt my first VIM plugin and wondered where there are some good docs on this? From going threw the plugins I use it seems to me that it is a mix of BASH and some sorts of VIM api is ...
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vim - don't highlight search term after a search & replace?

After performing a search and replace, my installation of GVIM highlights any text remaining that still matches the search pattern. Example input text: foo foo fighters I run :%s/foo/bar/gc and ...
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Vim syntax highlight certain lines

I have php files well any file type in general that I would like vim to highlight here docs sections using a different syntax highlighting. <?php echo <<<HTMLDOC <h1> I am ...
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Vim remembering settings of edited files

I read some where about creating files in vim to save things like open windows and folds. I tried to Google it but had trouble finding reference to it. What should I be looking for?
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Display output to console while grep is used

In vim I use the following command to compile a tex file: pdflatex\ \-file\-line\-error\ \-shell\-escape\ \-interaction=nonstopmode\ $*\\\|\ grep\ \-P\ ':\\d{1,5}:\ ' this works in terms of getting ...