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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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How do I cycle through panes inside a window in tmux like in screen?

I thought Tmux - move window to pane was the same question but it doesn't seem to be. Coming from using GNU screen regularly, I'm looking for tmux to do the same things. On of the things I do ...
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vim: use string from search in replace command

I often use vim / search command to verify my regular expressions (just to see what it matches). After that i usually use the :%s replace command, where i use that regexp from search as a string to be ...
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Trying to “locate” and then open a file

Suppose that I have a file named filename123.txt and it is the single file that is named so, and I can locate it with the command locate filename123. And it returns only this file. Now I want to open ...
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How to set on executable bit for a particular file automatically

I want that when i make create a particular file, suppose i create it in vim editor, the created file should get executable permission as well when it gets created . I want this as i am creating some ...
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Vim: Making XML text “pretty”

Is there an easy way within vi to make your XML text "pretty"? For example: I want this.. <person> <name>Nick</name> <age>26</age> ...
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How do I modify the ci command in vim

Just like "ci(" changes everything between parentheses, I want "ci$" to change everything between dollar signs (for editing LaTeX.) Is this possible?
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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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Vim, context-sensitive comment/uncomment behavior

I edit a lot of PHP code with Vim, and I've run into a snag with some macros in my .vimrc. I currently use these two macros to comment/uncomment in C-style "c-style (//) comment (press the [.] key) ...
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How to have tail -f show colored output with vim?

In this question, Gilles answered Yet another possibility is to run tail -f in an Emacs shell buffer and use Emacs's syntax coloring abilities. Because I'm a vim user, I'd like to do this with ...
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What is `^M` and how do I get rid of it?

When I open the file in vim I am seeing strange ^M characters. Unfortunately, the world's favorite search engine does not do well with special characters in queries, so I'm asking here: What is ...
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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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Why would vim return non-zero exit code if I exit immediately after opening?

I'm running into a bit of a strange problem w/ vim on Snow Leopard: I get a non-zero exit code from simply running vim and then quitting. $ vim # exit immediately using :q $ echo $? 1 However, if I ...
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vim: Can I make *only* y perform a copy?

I'm learning to like vim, but one thing that I haven't yet fully embraced is the copy and paste situation. In a muggle text editor I would Ctrl-C copy a piece of text and then edit/delete and then ...
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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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Can less invoke vim instead of the default vi when I hit the 'v' key?

I want to launch vim instead of the default vi editor when I hit v in less. Are there any settings I can modify to allow me to do this?
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Replacing Multiple blank lines with a single blank line in vim / sed

Question more or less says it all. I'm aware that /^$/d will remove all blank lines, but I can't see how to say 'replace two or more blank lines with a single blank line' Any ideas?
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Is there a way to move by screen lines in vim?

When editing files in vim, it is a small annoyance that when I move lines with j and k, it moves by file lines, rather than screen lines like other editors. With my own files, I can deal with this by ...
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Vim command for inserting a character

I'm looking for the opposite of x. I want to insert just one character and stay in command mode.
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What is meant by a shell is in “vi” mode or “emacs” mode?

This question follows directly from the answer to one of my previous questions here. I am newbie to unix world and this site has helped a lot to understand some core concepts. In this case I am ...
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why inode value changes when we edit in “vi” editor?

When I edit a file in "vi" editor the inode value of the file is changing. But when edited with cat command the inode value is not changing.
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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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VIM: show all lines edited in session

Is there a command or plugin that I can use to show all the lines I have edited in a Vim session? I would like to be able to have all the changes I have made highlighted when working in co-workers ...
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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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What would cause vim not to retain command history?

On other distros I have run, vim remembers your command history even between sessions; this is especially handy when doing a lot of similar operations on different files. For some reason, it has been ...
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screen + vim — Any way to automatically set screen window name to open vim filename?

I have a pretty nice screen rc file that shows me the open screen windows almost like tabs at the bottom of the terminal. Currently the windows are named according to my prompt which is not so useful. ...
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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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Vim - map last shell command to the key

Is there any way to map leader-r to repeat last command sent to bash? For example, when working with C files I would like to compile and run program from vim without typing :!make or gcc. I know I ...
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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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vim insert current filename into the contents

After some searching, I got to know :echo @% display's the current file-name in the bottom line of vim-screen. I would like to dump the file-name(with and without full path) into the contents of the ...
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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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How to move to last character of the file in vim?

File: i am someone1. i am someone2. i am someone3 ~ ~ Documentation says G takes me end of the file, but it only takes me to the beginning of last line. I want to be able to come to last character ...
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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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Are cygwin vim commands different than normal vim?

I am unable to edit text files using vim in cygwin. I have to press i many times to insert text. Sometimes it works and sometimes doesn't. Whenever I move cursor up down I have to press I many times. ...
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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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How do I get just the user-manual for Vim

To get the vim user-manual I am doing vi test and then, once the file is opened, I do :help user-manual This opens up a split window, which makes reading manual inconvenient to read. How do I ...
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vim spell checker?

Is there a way to spell check a file using vim?
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How to make vim apply /var/log/messages syntax highlighting to any file called “messages” or “messages-*”?

I love vim's colorization of /var/log/messages, but it only works for that – the absolute filename. It doesn't work for older rotations of messages (e.g. /var/log/messages-20120610) or for messages ...
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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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Vim to print file on terminal and exit

I would like vim to do this in order to have syntax highlight as set up in vim (or without need for extra tools). So instead to use cat file | <some_sh_tool> I would use vim +"some_opts" +"..." ...
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Copy text from one tmux pane to another (using vim)

I have two files opened in vim, each in one tmux pane. I would like to copy let's say 10 lines from one file to another. How can I accomplish this not using the mouse's Copy -> Paste ?
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Setting vim filetype with modeline not working as expected

As per the accepted answer to this question, I'm attempting to use modelines in vim to force filetype detection in some files. For example, at the top of a file named gitconfig (note there is no ...
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How can I disable bells/visualbells in vim?

How can I disable bells/visualbells in vim? I've tried: set noeb set novb .. but nothing has changed afaik. Just to be clear, I'm referring to the visual bell I get in vim when I do something ...
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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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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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Select lines using ranges in Vim?

I would like to select lines visually. Usually I'd SHIFT-V and select with j and k to highlight the lines. How do I do it using a colon-range command? e.g. :10,12<?> to select lines 10 - 12 ...
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Block motion for any bracket type?

If I want to, say delete a block, I can use text object motions. I.e if my text looks like this: (let [a 1 b {:x 3 :y 4}] a) And the cursor is for example on character 3. If I type diB ...
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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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Note-taking and outlining using Vi: On startup, highlight tags and display tags in a preview window

I am using vi as a note-taking and outlining tool and therefore I thought that this stackexchange site would be appropriate to ask this question. I am constructing the "tags" file by myself. What I ...
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Terminal and Vim

I open a terminal then I open Vim. Then I work on my source code, but unfortunately I click on the close button of the terminal title bar and my work is lost. Is it possible to configure Vim such that ...