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What does the search flag 'z' do in VIM?

I was looking for a way to show a bit of context around my searches when doing g/mysearchtext/p When I stumbled across this page Search-a-pattern-and-provide-a-context-few-lines-above-and-below ...
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vim and tmux are conflicting. How can I fix this? [duplicate]

I'm having a painful experience with tmux. I'm using solarized in vim but when I run tmux then my vim configuration does not work. It's as if solarized is not configured in my .vimrc. Out of tmux ...
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Is there a command reverse search in vim?

In linux cli I can do ctrl-r and do a reverse search and choose something I have done easily. Is there something similar in vim? I mean I may run a command using : (could be anything like a long ...
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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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Search for “not newline” in vim?

To search for A T\n in vim I can just do /A T\n What would be the equivalent for not newline at the end? /A T[^\n] did not work.
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When I type vim in terminal my bodhi linux complains emacs is not installed (bodhi linux) [closed]

jcress@jcress$ vim The program 'emacs' can be found in the following packages: * emacs23 * emacs23-nox * e3 * emacs23-lucid * jove Try: sudo apt-get install <selected package> I can't ...
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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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How can I paste something to the VIM from the clipboard

How can I paste something to the VIM from the clipboard? In Windows "*p works as expected but in Debian both "*p and "+p doesn't work with both clipboard=unnamed and clipboard=unnamedplus.
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How do I join the next line when a line matches a regex for whole document in VI?

As title, for example, I have lines like abcdefg join! abcdef no join abcdefg join! If a line matches regex ^a.+g$ then I would like them to be joined, so it would be: abcdefgjoin! abcdef no join ...
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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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Can Vim be made simpler? [closed]

I have a 300MB file I want to edit, search, remove duplicate lines, compare 2 files, that sort of stuff. I tried Sublime Text 3, which was slow and crashed often. I asked for recommendations and was ...
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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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Blank lines of unknown origin when running vim after tput clear

I have a rather bizarre issue with terminal behaviour. If I execute tput clear to clear the screen, my cursor (as expected) goes to the top of the terminal. If I run vi after that (vim actually), ...
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Avoid completing directory names when changing vim buffers

Suppose I have a directory structure, such as dir ├── foo │ ├── bar.c │ ├── bar.h │ ├── foo.c │ └── foo.h └── config └── foo.conf And I have each of the files in foo/, as well as ...
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vim avoid selecting underscore

So I know that an underscore (_) is considered part of a word in vim. Working with Python, I normally end up having a lot of underscores. Is there a way to select part of a word excluding the ...
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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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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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How to put current line at top/center/bottom of screen in vim?

Any quicker navigation trick to place the line at which the cursor is at the moment to the top of the screen? center of the screen? bottom of the screen?
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Can not install any color scheme in Vim in Kubuntu

I have installed the latest Kubuntu. I am trying to set a nice color scheme for my terminal, but it does not work.For example I tried wombat256. I copied the wombat256mod.vim under ~/.vim/colors as it ...
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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 install vim-gtk in debian wheezy

this is the terminal trace root@wheezy:/home/me# sudo apt-get install vim-gtk Reading package lists... Done Building dependency tree Reading state information... Done ...
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delete line in vi

How can I delete a line in VI? Here what I am doing right now: Open up the terminal alt + ctrl + t vi a.txt I move my cursor to the line which I wan to delete, then what key-combination is should ...
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Exit vim more quickly

I use Vim mainly for quick edits rather than long work sessions. In that sense, I find the keyboard sequence for quitting especially laborious: Esc, Shift + ;, w, q, Enter. How to quit Vim (possibly ...
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Why is vim not being opened in its own screen?

When I type vim in xterm the program is not opened in its own screen, but in the very same I am writing commands in. Let me explain: for example, lets say I type in the terminal ls -l /usr/bin and get ...
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How to highlight logs with bash coloring on vim?

I have some nicely colored logs from some tools with bash color codes. When I view them through less or similar tools it get color rendered by bash (obviously). However it is pain to watch and edit ...
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vi creating a swap files before create a new file

This is a strange problem. the swap file get created for the new files. so, my directory is empty there is no file exist and then when I vi test.txt I get the swap file message. It looks like the vi ...
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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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Insert mode in all windows in VI

Suppose I am using vim with two or more files opened in split-screen mode. The open files are very similar, and I want to perform a few identical changes to all files. I already know of :windo set ...
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Can vim display ASCII characters only, and treat other bytes as binary data?

I already know vim -b, however, depending on the locale used, it displays multi-byte characters (like UTF-8) as single letters. How can I ask vim to only display ASCII printable characters, and ...
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Minimize the current width of a window in Vim

To maximize the width of a current window in Vim, we type: ctrl-w | Is there a similar alternative for minimizing a current window in Vim?
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Trouble getting help in vim

I have just finished the vimtutor and everything went fine except for the last part (Lesson 7.1: Getting Help). I type :help and the help manual is shown as it is supposed to. But then I try (as ...
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How to compile a c program without leaving the editor?

I am using vim editor on Linux mint. I want to know if there is any way to compile c program without leaving the editor.
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use search result in replace statement with vim substitute

I know this is gonna be a stupid question, but I've tried here, google and the official documentation. I've got a file with a whole heap of words of the form 'foo' and i want to change them to ...
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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 ...
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Tmux ranger integration: opening text files in new panes

Here we have some amazing tools: tmux, ranger, vim... Would be amazing to configure ranger to open the files (when text editable) in a tmux newpane? Is that easy and how it is done?
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Stop vim from messing up my indentation on comments

For some reason Vim thinks all of my comments should have all indentation removed. If I add # to the beginning of a line, suddenly all leading whitespace is removed. How can I stop this? I have ...
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Use remote ViM clipboard from iterm2 on Mac OS X

I have been using VNC for a long time for development and now I decided to move to iterm2 and screen. But there is a small problem. I have to ssh into a remote machine and use vim there. And I want ...
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What is difference between w and W in escape mode of vim?

I am looking at the vim help quickref commands for moving cursor. Following lines confuse me because I find both of them working same. Could some one elaborate me difference with an example. N w ...
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VIM: folding bullet points

I'm quite new to VIM, but have been trying to teach myself over the past week, yet I'm encountering a problem which has proven to be quite frustrating: Currently I'm mostly using VIM to take notes, ...
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What happens if I use vi on large files?

Though we were instructed not to, a colleague of mine used vi to view a large text file (server.log 3.5 GB). This filled up /var/tmp and caused some problems on the server. What caused this? Why ...
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Auto indent / format code for vim?

I'm trying to use vim more and more when i can. One of my biggest grip between vim and an IDE like aptana is the ability to auto indent. Is there a means of auto formatting code (html, css, php) so ...
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Use a custom colourscheme in Vim

I have customized a color profile for Vim (toto.vim) in the colors folder at : /usr/share/vim/vim74/colors Now, to use it, I am obliged to call it each time I start vim, using the command : ...
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How to find out which file is currently opened in vim?

This may sound trivial but, on more than one occasion, I have found myself having forgotten which file in vim I have open (e.g. when I am looking through different log files and such) and the only way ...
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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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vim stops sending text to * (X11) register?

I recently started using VcXsrv with the hope of being able to grab text from vim (console mode) to the Windows clipboard via X11 forwarding (and the * register). It works...to an extent. As soon as I ...
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Vim - buffer names in the cmd line area

When I edit files with vim there is always this in the cmd line area,under the status line,all buffers' names(image : ) Is there any way I can remove it?
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Symlink everywhere

Is there any way for me to symlink a particular file so that it appears in every directory on the system? So if I symlink /tmp/scratch No matter where I am I can type vi scratch?
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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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is there a vim shortcut or can I create one for 'tabe other_file'

When possible I create 1 or 2 letter abbreviations for aliases and the like, e.g. x for exit or p for pwd at the command line. When using vim and doing multiple tabs for different files (which I can ...
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Is there a way to count the number of matches in Vim using :g?

I know this works: :%s/<string>//gn But it seems a bit strange to use the substitution command to count, rather than global..