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Delete from cursor to end of line on VI

I know I've probably looked over this a million times in all the VI documents I've read, but I can't seem to find the delete from cursor to end of line command.
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Temporary .vimrc

Is there a way to read a .vimrc file for only a single ssh session? That is, when I log in I perform some operation so that vim uses say /tmp/myvimrc until I log out? I do not want to permanently ...
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GVim compiled from source opened via SSH -X does not copy paste on selection

I'm using SSH (with -X specified) from a Ubuntu box to a RHEL4 box and running GVim. It opens as expected in my local X, but the copy and paste via select doesn't work. I cannot select text in GVim ...
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How to turn off permanent highlighting of all braces (not just pairs) in vim

I have no idea how I modified vim such that all braces are highlighted, not just matching ones, but I want to turn it off now. How do I do that? The usual highlighting of matching braces works fine.
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red-green color blindness compatible vim theme

I am looking for a vim theme accessible to users with red green color blindness. In particular, the red text on a dark terminal background all but disappears. Do any of you know of a good theme? Or ...
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What encryption does vim -x use?

I read man vim, :h -x and :h encryption none of this actually says what algorithm it's encrypted with.
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How to change the name of a vim buffer

Is it possible to change the name of a buffer in vim? Specifically, I'm using Conque Shell to open shells in vim (each shell is in a buffer) and with multiple shells, I see: 10: bash - 1 11: bash - ...
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How do I quit from Vi?

I started Vi on my Ubuntu machine. However I don't know Vi, and now I can not quit. I see the editor and I can write text, at the bottom line there is a label "recording". How do I quit from Vi?
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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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Why does 'set' syntax not work for syntax highlighting in vim?

On searching how to set syntax highlighting on in vim, I found this page which says that vimrc should have the following line syntax on Why is it not something like set syntax on? Like we have set ...
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What is a vi equivalent of vim's 'set ruler' command?

Is there a way to show the current row and column position in vi? In vim, I know there is the set ruler command, but what are my options when using vi?
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Why does my vim-7.3 compile fail to include clientserver?

I am trying to compile vim-7.3 will all features enabled. I ran configure with $ ./configure --with-features=huge --enable-gui --enable-cscope $ make ; make install When I check the version, it ...
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How to split and edit patches?

Sometimes I need to split a big patch into smaller (disjoint) ones, e.g. for every separate feature included. Usually I do it via standard vim yank/dd commands and split-window switching. But are ...
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Why does my mapping of <C-PageX> to :bY not work in gvim?

In my .vimrc file, I have the following two lines: noremap! <C-PageDown> :bnext <CR> noremap! <C-PageUp> :bprev <CR> but they do not work! In insert mode, typing ...
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Line numbering in Vim

How do I enable line numbers to be displayed in Vim?
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Why does the substitution of newlines using g/re/p only apply to every other line in Vim?

Consider: foo bar .... bar baz Then: :g/bar/s/\n/\r\r/g unexpectedly returns: foo bar bar bar bar bar ... baz when I want newlines after every bar. Yet: :g/bar/p returns: bar bar ... ...
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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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Navigate through a stack of locations in vim?

Typing `` at location X brings you back to the last visited location in the text file. Hitting it again brings you back to X This switching is similar to Ctrl+6 to open the last opened file. But how ...
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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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Vim 7.3 with Lua: How do I use it?

The latest Vim release is awesome! I compiled it with --enable-luainterp=yes and it does have the Lua feature: % gvim --version | egrep '\+lua' +linebreak +lispindent +listcmds +localmap +lua +menu ...
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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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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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How to add a feature to Vim if it's not compiled with that feature?

I am trying to use clewn (full gdb support in the vim editor), but the vim I have on my box doesn't have the netbeans_intg feature enabled. Is it possible to enable it without recompiling vim? I am ...
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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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Persist clipboard contents in vi

If I want to copy text from a file in vi to another file, I have to highlight the text, Control-Shift-C it, quit the first file, open the second, and then paste it via Control-Shift-V. It feels like ...
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vim on FreeBSD does not react on arrow keys correctly and other vi-like behaviours

I tried to use vim on FreeBSD (via ssh on Linux xterm-compatible terminal). However vim behaves similar to vi out-of-box. For example it does not react on delete key, insert F character instead of ...
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What are the best general purpose programming tools to complement Vim?

I've been using Vim as my text editor for a little while now and I feel like I'm taking the long way to do anything. I use ctags to tag my code base for navigation and I use grep (although ...