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Complete language abbreviation list for vim's `set spelllang` option?

I'm starting using vim's spell check function today. But seems it treat Chinese characters as wrong spell word. Thus I did a little research, and find I should use set spelllang=X option. But the ...
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How can I search in vim for a pattern that is NOT case sensitive?

I occasionally search through files in vim or less using / or ? but as far as I can tell, the search patterns are case sensitive. So for example, /foo won't find the same things that /FOO will. Is ...
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Can I re-login a disconnected session? [duplicate]

For some network reasons, my previous SSH sessions to server have disconnected. When I create a new session, I find the previous session still exist: [root@localhost ~]# who root pts/0 ...
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vim: how to trace back all changes done to file during the day

Does anybody know how to setup vim (the text editor) in such a way to make it possible to trace back all the changes done to a file within a day? I need it for the cases when I have accidentially ...
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Vim VM-created .swp file exists and Vim ignores it

I have a file open in Vim inside a Linux virtual machine guest and I then try to open the file on the Windows host, and I do not get that warning that goes "Swap file blah.swp already exists!" (The ...
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Search in vim for string starting and ending with a pattern

Let's say I want to highlight/search all the lines in a file opened with vim with following criteria. Criteria: Lines which start with "start123" and end with "321end". There could be anything ...
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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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Vim want to write on a block

I have this file dvb-apps: dvb-apps: dvb-apps: dvb-apps: dvb-apps: dvb-apps: dvb-apps: dvb-apps: dvb-apps: dvb-apps: dvb-apps: ~ ...
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Unable to install vim plugins

I am unable to install any vim plugins on nixOS running the command: nix-env -i vimplugin-Syntastic gives these as the last 3 lines of output: output path ...
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vim: using a for-loop-iterator-variable in a search pattern

I am trying to use a for loop iterator variable in a vim search pattern to determine for a range of words how man times they occur in a file. What I do so far is: for i in range(1,40) | %s/SiTg//gn | ...
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How to assign Vim's showbreak a value locally to a buffer?

How can I assign showbreak a value locally to a buffer? The following makes it +++ for all buffers. let &showbreak="+++" I can set Vim options locally to a buffer by using setlocal instead of ...
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Why these two vim autocmd overlap each other?

I got these two autocmd config in my .vimrc autocmd FileType python highlight OverLength ctermbg=red ctermfg=white guibg=red autocmd FileType python match OverLength /\%80v.\+/ autocmd FileType ...
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Arrow keys spontaneously stop working in vim

I recently upgraded from OS X 10.6 (I think) to 10.9. Since then it seems, while editing in vim, the arrow keys will "spontaneously" stop working. At one point, in frustration I "mashed" one of the ...
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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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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/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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How to use variables in substitution with vim regular expressions

I have a big file that contains among others serveral lines of the following form: USet07-1 USet07-2 USet08-1 USet08-2 . . . USet22-2 . . . I want to remove the hyphen/dash - from these strings in ...
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Is it able to only allow yanked content went to clipboard, meanwhile deleted content doesn't? [vim]

I got set clipboard=unnamed in my vimrc. Thus I can move vim's content to clipboard easily. But recently, I found I don't need the deleted content(with d, x, etc.) went to sys-clipboard, since it ...
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How can I get vim to return to normal tab display?

In an effort to get vim to show vertical indentation lines I ran the following command: :set list lcs=tab:\|\ Now my tabs look like this: How can I reset vim to default behaviour of not ...
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Is there a way in vim to know I am in the left most split?

I want to detect whether or not I am in the right most (or left, top, bottommost) split. In other words, when ctrl-w h would do nothing. Is there a way to do that?
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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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Using inotifywait along with vim

I have simple script that monitors file for changes and rsyncs it with remote copy: #!/bin/bash while inotifywait -e close_write somefile do rsync somefile user@host.domain:./somefile done It ...
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How to stop vim from inserting a new line when entering insert mode

Vim inserts a new line when entering insert mode. Obviously I find this frustrating. It happens in remote servers and locally on OSX in iTerm2. Here's my .vimrc: " Use the monokai theme set ...
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How to select text with mouse scrolling in vim?

Sometimes I want to copy some content on remote host in vim, which will last for more than 1 page. But when clicked with left-click-button of mouse, and scrolling down, I find I was stuck at the first ...
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Find and change certain LaTeX coding in vim, using regular expressions?

How can I change the following LaTeX coding: \cite{1,3-7,9} to \cite{1,3,4,5,6,7,9} in vim? I would prefer to use regular expressions.
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How to enable and use code folding in vim

How can I enable and do code folding in vim? Do I have to change anything in ~/.vimrc? I type z+a and z+c and z+o and nothing happens. code folding on vim.
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editing very long line, many columns in vim

I need to edit a file having columns and need help 1 0 0 0 1 1 0 0 1 1 1 1 1 1 0 1 0 0 0 ...
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How to find the name of the buffer files in vim?

How do I find out the name of the files in the buffers in vim.Is there any command that returns the name of the file?
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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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Why in vim is the first operand in move (m) 1-based and the last operand 0-based?

Given the following file 1 2 3 4 5 When I say :1m3 the file looks like this 2 3 1 4 5 But when I say :3m1 it looks like this 1 3 2 4 5 I thought the 3 should be before 1. Why is it like ...
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Installing vim locally on a cluster: can't find syntax

Unfortunately, the school I currently work at has one of the wonkiest, worst-configured clusters I've ever used. And the IT department is totally incompetent and blames the users for basic issues. ...
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Neocomplete conflict with auto line-breaking in vim

I've found a conflict between automatic line breaks in vim and the neocomplete Vundle plugin. When neocomplete is off, then my set textwidth=80 option works correctly in that the a line break is ...
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Vim auto line-breaking not working as expected (update: problem with neocomplete)

I'm trying to configure vim so that the text breaks automatically at 80 characters. I know the way to do this is with set textwidth=80 However, the lines don't automatically break when I typed ...
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viewing info documentation with vim

I'm trying to use the ManPageView addon to view info documentation within vim. Although I find ManPageView very useful for, well, viewing manpages, its info-reading functionality doesn't seem to work ...
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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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Syntastic, Vim & Android: get them play well together

I've got a problem configuring my development environment for android. I'm migrating away from Android Studio due to continious issues that I have no desire to solve anymore. I'm a long-time VIM ...
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Is there a sudoedit equivalent for vimdiff?

I'm trying to get into the habit of editing root-owned files with sudoedit, instead of sudo vim. This has a few advantages, one of which is that it uses my user's ~/.vimrc. Is there an equivalent, ...
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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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How to weave the words of a string into a block of strings in vim?

Given a string and a block of strings e.g. String: Use three words. Block: This is the first string of another block of strings. This is the second string of another block of strings. This is the ...
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How can I have my .vimrc detect what OS I'm using?

Since I upgraded my Ubuntu to version 14 I've had a lot of problems with sharing my .vimrc file between Ubuntu and OSX. The following commands no longer work and in fact gives errors: set filetype ...
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Vim - Automatically changing the pair of a changed HTML tag

How can I configure Vim so that when I change one member of a matching pair of HTML tags, the other is automatically changed to match? For example: given <span>content</span>, I want to ...
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visual mode/highlighting/selecting text on uzbl?

Is there a way to do a vim-like visual mode to select text with uzbl? Or any way to select text in uzbl with the keyboard? I installed arch-linux recently, and I haven't gotten my touchpad working. ...
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`Delete` key doesn't work on vim insert mode for deleting previously typed content

I opened vim in my iterm2. Firstly, I typed something on insert mode, like Hello At this stage, if I didn't exit from insert mode, delete key works and can delete the whole word if I want. If I ...
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vim: found /var/log or similar

On vim for search an exact word i type /\<port\> in this case it return every occurence of port ,how to found /var/adm or /var/log entries? I have tried /\<\/var/\adm/> but no ...
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How to generete allegro5 tags for vim with ctags?

I was recently working on project with GTK2 in vim (with OmniCppComplete plugin). so I generated tags with ctags -R --c++-kinds=+p --fields=+iaS --extra=+q --sort=yes /usr/include/gkt-2.0/ I did so ...
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Set default permissions by file type (at least in Vim) [duplicate]

When I create a new script, I always have to manually add executable permissions with chmod +x foo.sh. My default permissions are set to 644, and but I'd like any file with extensions like .sh .py to ...
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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 it possible to execute a VIM script in a non-interactive mode?

The Gnats bug tracker has a command (edit-pr) that opens a ticket in $EDITOR. My $EDITOR is VIM, and when this command opens the ticket in $EDITOR, I'd like to automatically perform some scripted ...
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VIM jump from one xml tag to the closing one

Is there a shortcut to jump from , e.g <XX> to </XX> ? I already give it a try with '%' , but it doesn't work for this situation.
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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, ...