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How to get clipboard support on a Linux server without X11

I have a virtual Linux development environment running under VirtualBox and Vagrant. I use tmux and vim to setup multiple open vim instances. I'd like to be able to copy and paste between those ...
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How can I constantly see the current filename in vim?

I am using vim and I need a way to always be able to see the file that I am working on without having to do ^G. I see the file name when I start vim but when I start to work and use various functions ...
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How to configure vim to interact with interactive command line shells?

From time to time I want to use vim as scratch pad for commands that I would like to send to a command line shell like psql (Postgres), ghci (Haskell programming language), octave ('calculator'), ...
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writefile() to file descriptor produces output with alignment issue

The command that produces weird output: $ vim -ec 'call writefile(["line1","line2"],"/proc/self/fd/9") | qall!' 9>&1 1>/dev/null 2>&1 line1 line2 $ Same command ...
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Weird UI glitching in VIM adjusting split bar

i just installed gvim on linux mint and I'm experiencing some weird UI glitch when adjusting the split bar and it also seems to happen when making changes to files in the editor. I have similar ...
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Restore a screen session after shutdown

Not concerned with conventional attaching and detaching, I'm talking about restoring a screen session after shutting down my system entirely. I usually have changed to various directories depending ...
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vi shows as vim

When I type vi into a terminal it shows the following display: Note that it says vim not vi, I'm sure I haven't downloaded vim yet and that this is actually vi not vim: for example the arrow keys ...
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Edit columnar data in vim

Data Name Age Madhavan 29 saravana<Tab Press> ! How can i edit this data in vim in a tabular fashion? When i press tab key from column 1 in row 3, ...
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ls: No such file or directory [closed]

I have been messing around trying to install macvim to a higher version of 7.4. I finally got it working but now I get the error ls: No such file or directory when looking for a directory. I can ...
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“No protocol specified” when running vim with sudo

Recently I start to get "No protocol specified" when using sudo vim. It's just a warning I guess, because everything was working normally (I can open, edit and save files). The message doesn't appear ...
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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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Editing multiple files simultaneously with vim/gedit

I'm trying to save some work by editing multiple files with the same name located in different directories: $ mkdir -p directory_{0..10}/results How may I create files with the same name in all ...
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How to switch to the directory listing from file view in vim?

I have opened a dir vim some/dir. I can navigate within the tree, yet once I opened a file I wonder, how do I close the file view in order to go back to the directory listing to navigate to another ...
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Wrap all lines with character sequence in vim

So basically I copy/pasted some code, and I need to prepend and append some more code to each line. Each line is a function call, and is getting added to a switch statement as it's own case. Right ...
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Is there a FileType name for files without suffix in vim?

With my current knowledge, I can use command like autocmd FileType markdown colorscheme zen to set colorscheme for particular type of file. Now I have a need to use a colorscheme for all those files ...
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How may I reset a buffer index on Vim?

I'm using MiniBufExpl to manage buffers. In my workflow, I usually work on one thing at a time. I'm opening some files, coding, enjoying. Then, I want to clear my workspace to start with new ...
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Extract lines from a file using vim or teminal

I have the following in a file. I'd like to use Vim or terminal to extract title and its content like this. How can I achieve this? Topic 1 - Core: Algebra 1.1 Arithmetic sequences and series; sum ...
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How can I make shell aliases available when shelling out from Vim?

In my .zshrc, I declare some aliases. Eg, which dbstart shows the contents of that alias. If I open vim from that shell, it is a child process. In Vim, I can run shell commands with :! some_command. ...
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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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Delete from a character above current cursor until cursor position?

Say I have: void SomeFunc () { //stuff } If my cursor is where the { is, how can I "delete up to )" ? In other words, how can I get : void SomeFunc (){ //stuff }
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vim: Automate context-sensitive parenthesis replacement with surround.vim

I am using vim with the surround.vim plugin and want to replace all occurrence of sin(...) with sin[...] in a (very long) mathematical expression (containing matching parenthesis). Example input: ...
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redirect help info to vim [duplicate]

I use this kind of commands to redirect help info to vim, for example: man ls | col -b | vim -R - but for some help info highlighted with color: celery -h there is a mess in it. How to make it ...
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How to copy text from vim to an external program?

I'm trying to copy-paste some text from vim. I'm doing v to enter visual mode, then y once I selected my block. It appears to copy the text into vim's clipboard, because p will paste it. But in ...
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Synchronize strings copied on vim with the xserver clipboard [duplicate]

How to copy a string in vim under terminal and get it available in the main clipboard? Seems that by default, is not possible to copy from vim to my browser, for example
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Fetch patches from mailing list with mutt and vim

How can I fetch patches from a subscribed development mailinglist with mutt and vim so that they can be applied with "git am" or "git apply" command easily? Is it either possible to save it ...
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terminal color theory

TLDR: What is the theory behind terminal colors? I have a fixed value of LS_COLORS in numbers: ...
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How do I save the changes to my vim buffer as a patch file?

Is there a way to save the changes I made to my vim buffer as a patch file for the original file, without saving it as a separate file and using diff?
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vim - better colors so comments aren't dark blue?

Mostly I edit ruby files, although shell script file comments are also # Currently my comments show as dark blue on black which is really hard to read. See screenshot. How can I change their color? ...
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Installing VIM with Python support locally without sudo

I'm trying to install VIM with Python support on Linux without sudo, but for some reason VIM always gets installed without python ( -python in vim --version ) I first installed Python locally by ...
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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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Cursor points to bottom when a zip file is opened with vim

I am trying to open a .zip file via vim. By default the cursor points to the bottom of the file once it opens. How can I bring the cursor to the beginning of the file as soon as I open a zip file? ...
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mutt: how to display emoji characters correctly?

I'd like to be able to see emoji characters properly in mutt, but e.g. 💗 shows up as ^J in mutt's pager. Running :set pager=view and re-opening the message displays the character correctly with ...
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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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Insert “return 0” between all braces in a file?

I'm setting up a fairly large (~50 functions) test library in C++. I forgot that the functions have to return integers. I actually forgot to put a return type at all, how dumb is that? I added the int ...
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How do you downgrade multiple packages in arch linux?

I am trying to downgrade the vim package on arch linux to an earlier version (as I need to use an earlier version of ruby which breaks it [ref]). running downgrade vim and selecting the version ...
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Pasting with vim squeezes content in between previous content and margin

I'm learning my way around the vim and got around to copy-paste. Or yank-paste. Now when I try to paste a yanked piece of text, it pushes previous content to the right and squeezes in on the left. I ...
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Vi help problem with / in command mode

Hope someone can guide me in the right direction. I have an issue with the vi text editor, when in command mode after I enter ":" and want to use "/", the forward slash does not come up. What I get is ...
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VIM solarized color scheme looks wrong when using tmux

I am trying to use the solarized color scheme in VIM using gnome terminal (Ubuntu). When I run vim without tmux, it looks great, see below: If I add the following commands to my .bashrc # tmux ...
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Unmet dependencies [closed]

I am trying to compile vim and install with "--enable-pythoninterp" flag, which needs the python-dev package. INFO I obtained the vim source from ftp://ftp.vim.org/pub/vim/unix/vim-7.3.tar.bz2 Vim7.3 ...
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Installing a light vim colorscheme on gnome-terminal

I'd like to install a light color scheme for my vim, but it never seems to work (I tried several now). What I'm trying to obtain is something like you can see in this screenshot of mayansmoke: ...
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vim: hide status line in the bottom

Sometimes I work with really small terminal windows and need every piece of space available. So I want to hide the vim status line. I already set laststatus=0 this hides one of the status lines. But ...
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How to use vim-slime from within a single tmux session?

I'm trying to integrate ipython and vim through a single tmux session using the popular vim plugin "vim-slime." The problem is that while I can get it to work fine provided that vim is opened in a ...
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How can I set “vi” as my default editor in UNIX?

I believe I can do something like export EDITOR=vi, but I'm not sure what exactly to enter, and where. How can I set "vi" as my default editor?
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How to clear search and command history in Vim?

If you search something in Vim by prepending searchterm with a forward slash, e.g. /searchterm, Vim puts that searchterm into the search string history table. You then are able to navigate through ...
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Setting up a secondary Vim environment

I've setup the YADR dotfile repo on one of my machines, and find it very powerful/useful. Though it's definitely slower than my present Vim setup with all its plugins, I'd still like to be able to ...
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Vim,how to escape &?

Simply question,i want to search & as exact word,how to do in vim? I had try \& and \<&> but doesn't work
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How can I make `sudo crontab -e` use my `sudoedit` environment?

I've started using sudoedit <file> instead of sudo vim <file>. One of the advantages is that it uses my local ~/.vimrc. However, when using sudo crontab -e, it uses /root/.vimrc instead. ...
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Vim - inconsistency between :tabnext N and :tabprev N

From Vim's :help tabs: :tabp[revious] {count} :tabN[ext] {count} {count}<C-PageUp> {count}gT Go {count} tab pages back. Wraps around from the first one to the last one. While ...
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Create parameterized keybindings

I'd like to map +Ngt and -Ngt to :tabnext N and :tabprev N. I can create key bindings such as: nnoremap <buffer> <silent> +1gt :tabnext 1 nnoremap <buffer> <silent> +2gt ...
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Vim colorscheme background not filling terminal

I am using vim with lxterminal, and the colorscheme kolor, and I am experiencing an issue where vim's background color does not fill the entire terminal. It can be seen clearly at the bottom of ...