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Preserve modified time stamp after edit

For files within a specific folder, I would like vim to never touch "modified" timestamp at all. The background is that I use Bloxsom for blogging, which uses plain text files in ~/bloxsom as source ...
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How to get VIM to display 256 colors properly

I'm trying to get 256 color theme files to work with VIM under xterm. This is peaksea how it looks for me: How it should look: I've tried following the tips on the wiki page to no avail. set ...
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How am I supposed to edit files on a network with Vim?

Currently I'm doing it by SSHing into a server, and executing Vim on the server. This has the benefit of not having to deal with cumbersome syntax of opening files from a remote server over SCP, and, ...
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vi commandline, goto line and column

I have been mixing the use of emacs and vi (vim) for a long time. Each of them has its advantage. I parse error output from a compilation like process and get a line and column number but I can only ...
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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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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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Line numbering in Vim

How do I enable line numbers to be displayed in Vim?
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Spell check comments in vim

I'm a C/C++ professional programmer who makes lots of spelling mistakes in comments. I want to configure vim such that the spell-checker only looks for misspelled words within comments. If necessary ...
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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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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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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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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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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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VIM commenting out what I paste

I got this when trying to copy this gist on vim: https://gist.github.com/w0ng/3278077 I notice the same behaviour everywhere: If I paste something that includes a comment, everything that follows ...
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Select code block in vim

Given a code like this: 588 while ($linecounter > 0) { 589 $token = " "; 590 while ($token != PHP_EOL) { 591 if (fseek($handle, $pos, SEEK_END) == ...
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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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vim: hide first n letters of all lines in a file

I am analyzing log file using vim and the format looks like this YYYY-MM-DD HH:MM:SS.USEC PID Name LogText Since Most of the times I don't care about date and time. I want to hide them and just ...
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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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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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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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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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tmux, Vim and Solarized

Premises Browsing around tmux, Vim and Solarized I can find lots of complains about 256 colours and "user experience". Well, I'm having the opposite "problem", i.e. Vim works well with a full ...
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Can I make vim change its cursor behavior?

I've been using vim for a few years as a secondary editor but for various reasons, I find myself using it more and more even when my primary editor is available. One problem that has always bugged me ...
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vim: replace all character till end of line

Maybe I am being daft but can you replace all the characters from where the cursor is to the end of line by one command? Then use . to do the same replace on the next line and so on.
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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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Open a file given by the result of a command in vim

I find myself doing the following almost every day Run a find (find -name somefile.txt) Open the result in vim The problem is I have to copy and paste the result of the find into the vim command. ...
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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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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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Delete whitespace for a set of lines in Vim editor

I have some text like the following in a file: sample text some random text even more random text text with no indent worst indention I need to delete the empty space before each ...
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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 `locate` multiple files and open them in vim?

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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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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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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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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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: 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 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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disabling mouse support in `vim` in a `gnome-terminal` environment

Edit: The problem of an enabled mouse in vim appears to be specific to gnome-terminal (version 3.4.1.1-1; I am using gnome 3 fallback mode). If I run xterm, mouse support in vim is disabled by ...
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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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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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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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Bash autocomplete with vim command

In bash, autocompletion of paths has recently stopped working when issuing vim commands where the path is deeper than two directories (it continues to work as expected with other commands, such as ls ...
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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, 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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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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How to make a symbolic link to /usr/bin/vim but with start-up parameters?

After I make&make install vim from source, I found many symbolic links of vim in /usr/local/bin, such as evim, rvim, view... The vim(1) man page said that "rvim" is equivalent to "vim -Z" and so ...
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What causes swap files to be created?

As part of the program I wrote, I constantly read and write data from files. I noticed that as part of doing so, I am inadvertently creating swap .swp files. What do you think is going on? What would ...
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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 ...