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Highlight extra white spaces and fixed length column in VIM

I want to highlight extra white spaces and fixed length column (e.g., 80 character in a line) using VIM I created two vimrc rule in my .vimrc file highlight ExtraWhitespacea ctermbg=darkred ...
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How to search the current word in all opened tabs in Vim?

I have started learning Vim word-search using * and # while the cursor is over the current word. But this search is limited to the current file buffer. Is there a command or a shortcut to extend this ...
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Ctrl-s hang terminal emulator?

I came across a sentence in vimdoc: Note: CTRL-S does not work on all terminals and might block further input, use CTRL-Q to get going again. and this key indeed hangs my vim. I was ...
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Enclose multiple lines in quote Vim

I have blocks of the following form: String that is not supposed to be enclosed in quotes String that is supposed to be enclosed in quotes String that is not supposed to be enclosed in ...
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How to edit files with VIM through FTP

I'm trying to use: vim ftp://user@hostname// - this gives me a correct directory tree, but when I try to open given file, by pressing Enter, at the first time - nothing happens (just cursor jumps to ...
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Compiling code from vim

New to vim and and I want to be able to compile code from within vim without running a new terminal and calling the compiler. How do I go about doing this? Note that this requirement is not ...
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Make vim stop splitting my Git commit messages

Vim has this awful annoying habit of splitting my commit messages and automatically line-breaking them, rendering the second line with a red background for some reason. How can I make vim stop ...
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Transaction check error in installing vim?

I recently updated my fedora to 20 and wanted to install vim.but running sudo yum install vim returned this error: Transaction check error: file /usr/share/man/man1/vim.1.gz from install of ...
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Why does Vim only activate my highlight configuration after I source my .vimrc manually?

I was cleaning up my vimrc today, splitting it into separate files to make it easier to maintain. On completion of these changes, all my configuration, mappings and plugins appear to be working, ...
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Can't install vim in fedora 20

When I tried to install VIM in fedora 20, appear this message below How can I fix this problem?
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Vim: pasting lines line by line

Let's suppose I have a file containing: xxx yyy zzz and another file: kkk qqq ppp I want to obtain: xxxkkk yyyqqq zzzppp Is that possible in Vim with some command? (I've tried using VISUAL ...
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Why does vim color this .bashrc line incorrectly? Fixable?

I have the following line in my .bashrc that allows me to use rlwrap with sqlplus. Why does vim seem to color this wrong? alias sqlplus='rlwrap -c -f /usr/bin/rlwrap -b ...
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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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Launch R code from within vim-r-plugin as separate window instead of inside tmux/screen?

I use the vim-r-plugin to write R code in vim. It is a nice plugin and I love that the plugin lets me run code directly from within vim. However, the R prompt is opened in a console which is ...
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ability to view browser view for html file from vim

Is there a plugin / program / key binding that will let me preview html files that I am editing in vim in a browser? Background: I have abandoned traditional full-feature editors and IDE's (of which ...
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vim - open file and goto line number using <filename>:<line nbr>:

Several tools such as grep, py.test, etc ... use the pattern <FileName>:<line number>: to point to errors. For example: ; grep -Hn Common setup.cfg setup.cfg:11: Common How can I ...
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Running a vim key combination on startup

In my .vimrc, I've got the lines autocmd VimEnter * NERDTree autocmd VimEnter * TagbarOpen This results in a layout with two sidebars and a centre column containing the main editing buffer (i.e. ...
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Vim Error E138: Can't write viminfo file $HOME/.viminfo!

I'm afraid I've run into something rather strange. When I open a file normally, vim README.txt, everything is fine. But upon sudo vim README.txt, the file renders blank, and gives me a E138: Can't ...
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can't define command which executes Explore command

I wanted to make an easy way to open a directory. My first try was like this: command! RootDirRubyOpen :e ~/.rbenv/versions/2.0.0-p247<CR> But it didn't work. "Okay then," I thought. And ...
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Disable mouse scrolling in vim with tmux

I'm experiencing the same problem as in this Q&A titled: disabling mouse support in vim in a gnome-terminal environment, where it was found (in the comments for the top answer) the problem wasn't ...
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vim search numbers containing specific number of digits

I need to find specific length numbers in a big document. I tried to use regex for this. For example, If I need to search for numbers with exactly 2 digits, I use /d/d (i.e. /d twice followed by a ...
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tcsh/vi-mode behavior difference between Solaris and Linux

We have both Solaris and Linux environments at work. We use tcsh as the standard shell for hundreds of users. My question is about vi-mode in tcsh: In Solaris, while I'm typing, I can backspace ...
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How can I switch 2 characters in vi?

I like the fact that I've memorized ddp for switching two lines (i.e. dd deletes the line and then p puts it back '1 higher'). Is there are similar set of keystrokes for switching 2 characters so ...
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vim auto complete custom list

I had these two questions about this function " how do I load a file into a list here? " set some variable func! CustomComplete() " and then read the variable here so that b:list = a \n split ...
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Why does vim jump down to same position after multiple spaces?

I really can't find the answer to this and I would like to understand what going on behind the scenes to make this happen. Is it a setting I have switched on? If so, which one? To give an example, I ...
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How do I use ctags functionality in vim with cscope installed?

When I install cscope by adding the line Bundle 'chazy/cscope_maps to my .vimrc file, my tags menu (g+[) is replaced with a cscope list, which seems to contain a list of files where the tag is called, ...
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Advantages of using set -o vi

I have seen many developers using this command to set the option to vi. I never understood the real use of this? When using bash commands, what help does switching to vi provide?
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How do I make a vim command run automatically with .vimrc?

I run the following vim command to change the colour of highlighted columns to something more palatable than the default red: :highlight ColorColumn ctermbg=235 guibg=#2c2d27 rather than run this ...
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will the same pid be used after getting killed?

I had a file opened using vim editor. It was in a ssh session and since I had been idle for a long time, the session got closed and I had to establish the connection again. I opened the file again ...
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Make vim / curl recognize https:// links

I recently noticed vim/vimdiff can open links (using curl, it seems), which is an awesome feature. I wanted to use it today, like this: vimdiff deps ...
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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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vim/gvim failing to put X11 clipboard in registers “+ or ”*?

Due to the lack of security with standard vino server, I switched to use x11vnc on my linux (with Xubuntu 14.04) box and SSVNC on the windows side. With vino, cut and paste from windows to Linux ...
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Machine keeps backups of files that I have already deleted

I recently found out that my machine keeps backups of files that I have already deleted. For example, a file called a.svg that I have deleted in the past, still exists in the directory it was deleted ...
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Negative lookbehind/ahead assertions in Linux less pager (or vim)

I want to find all instances of "index" not followed by .php in a log using less. /index(?!\.php) does not work. Is this possible? What is the regex for less and vim (do they differ?). Is this not ...
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How is `vi` Aware of the Format of Configuration Files?

When I edit configuration files in vi, it seems like vi is aware of the syntax of the file. For example, vi will color tokens one way or another depending on whether its a key or a value. ...
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Remap Up and Down arrows to gj-gk in vim input mode without using <c-o>?

I have mapped my arrows keys to move in a visual-line mode, leaving the hjkl keys for normal, logic line movement: " Visual movement with the arrows and End-Home nnoremap <Down> gj nnoremap ...
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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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What is this VIM plugin?

It's a modified vim bar that includes current path and current git branch. I've been looking around but couldn't find anything. Found in: https://github.com/w0ng/vim-hybrid
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Can't open vim in zsh? [closed]

I recently decided to try out zsh, but for some reason I cannot open Vim in a zsh shell. Currently, my default shell is bash. If I open up a terminal window, then run zsh to enter a zsh shell, I have ...
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What does [converted] mean at the bottom of vim?

I have a log file, and when I open it via vim, it looks not readable, and it has [converted] at the bottom. What does [converted] mean? Is there a way to fix the format issue so that it is human ...
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vim backspace not working normally

The Backspace key is not working as expected in vim and also in vi. It is working as the Delete key, and Delete key is deleting the char, but instead something wierd happens. But, for now, I am trying ...
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What is the difference between vi and vim?

As far as I know vi is more commonly found on out-of-the-box unix systems while vim often has to be installed. Also vim stands for vi improved, but improved how? What are the main differences?
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Difference between vim’s normal-mode S and cc commands?

Is there a difference between the vim normal-mode commands S and cc? In my use cases, both commands seem to delete the current line and move into insertion mode.
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File goes missing for a short period of time after saving it using VIM

I am having a strange problem that seams to be caused by VIM, the Linux VFS cache, ecryptfs and/or something file system related: I open a file in VIM, modify it and save it. I try to access the ...
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Open list of files in vim to specific lines

I know about vins command line operator but I need a version that works on multiple files . For instance I have a stack trace file and would like it to open all of the files to the line in a ...
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Configuring Vim with clientserver and clipboard

On OS X I have vim working just fine from homebrew. The default homebrew install compiles vim with these flags. ./configure --prefix=/usr/local --mandir=/usr/local/Cellar/vim/7.4.161/share/man ...
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vim “caught deadly signal HUP”, what files are it preserving?

I logged out, apparently forgetting to bring back a vim session to the foreground. As expected, vim spat out "Vim: caught deadly signal HUP" followed by "Vim: preserving files". My question is: What ...
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How can I exit from read-only mode in Vim?

I opened a file in readonly mode; is there a way to get out of readonly mode?
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Any way to provide a separate vimrc file just for 1 session

I would like to know, if there is a way in vim/vi to provide a different vimrc file. I am looking at managing 2 different vimrc files. For the contents I checkout/checkin in version control I want to ...
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Localized wrapping in vim

I have wrapping turned on in vim, but is it possible to disable it for certain regions in the file I'm editing? To be specific, I'm editing LaTeX files, I would like the contents of some environments ...