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Vim,how to escape &?

Simply question,i want to search & as exact word,how to do in vim? I had try \& and \<&> but doesn't work
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How can I make `sudo crontab -e` use my `sudoedit` environment?

I've started using sudoedit <file> instead of sudo vim <file>. One of the advantages is that it uses my local ~/.vimrc. However, when using sudo crontab -e, it uses /root/.vimrc instead. ...
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Vim - inconsistency between :tabnext N and :tabprev N

From Vim's :help tabs: :tabp[revious] {count} :tabN[ext] {count} {count}<C-PageUp> {count}gT Go {count} tab pages back. Wraps around from the first one to the last one. While ...
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Create parameterized keybindings

I'd like to map +Ngt and -Ngt to :tabnext N and :tabprev N. I can create key bindings such as: nnoremap <buffer> <silent> +1gt :tabnext 1 nnoremap <buffer> <silent> +2gt ...
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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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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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How can I expand directories by default in Vim's netrw tree view?

I can make netrw use the tree view by default by adding this to my vimrc: let g:netrw_liststyle=3 But I can't figure out how to expand sub-directories by default, is there a way?
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White terminal cursor and yellow Vim searches

I have a blinking block cursor in the XTerm. The goal is to always be able to tell my current position. It usually works fine, but it fails when I place my cursor on a background similar to the cursor ...
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Vim interface on web browser input fields?

I am looking for a browser plugin which inputs textin of input boxes with the same keyboard interface of the Vim text editor. I have adopted Vimium which makes general navigation much more effective, ...
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Cannot get vim to recognize unicode

I am having the most trouble ever getting vim to recognize unicode. At the top of my vimrc I have set encoding=utf-8 set fileencoding=utf-8 and LANG shows echo $LANG en_US.UTF-8 but when I open ...
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does vi have a bug which changes spaces in unedited lines, or is there an option to turn this “feature” off?

I changed a file by just adding a few lines, then ran a git diff and found changes strewn throughout the file resembling as shown in the image above: an extra space at the end of a line in the ...
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How do I remotely edit files via ssh?

I have to edit some files placed on some server I could reach via ssh. I would prefer to edit these files in customized vim on my workstation (I have not rights to change vim settings on remote ...
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Comparing files with vimdiff from a script

I'm writing a script to compare two directories recursively and run vimdiff when it finds a difference: #!/bin/bash dir1=${1%/} dir2=${2%/} find "$dir1/" -type f -not -path "$dir1/.git/*" | while ...
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vim: multiple substituons like sed

Simply question,with sed is possible to do a multiple substitution sed -e s/uno/due/ -e s/uno/due/ Is possible something similar with VIM internal substitution? :'<,'>s/445/53/a/444/53/g ...
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How to escape correctly this word on vim?

I want to substitute this word ${ARRAY1[@]} with $1 on vim substitution command I did :%s:\$\{ARRAY1[\@]\}:\$1:g But give me error about number of repetition,i try also "" but doesn't work How to ...
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Set makeprg to gradlew

First a bit of context for those who don't know gradle. It's basically like make except that you don't have to have gradle installed on your computer. It ships with projects as a file called gradlew. ...
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Plugin to fix vim's key bindings in terminal

Is there somewhere a plugin for vim which fixes all (most of) the keys issues related with using vim in terminal? If no could you recommend anything which could automate this feature? May be ...
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Vim replace in a visual mode

In a block of test like this cron.allow cron.deny I want to substitute cron with at,only in the range selcted by visual mode(ctrl+v) So i press ctrl+v : and appear the ! prompt ok I do sed ...
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Vi vs vim, or, is there any reason why I would ever want to use vi?

I know a bit about *NIX text editors (currently migrating from nano to vim), and, after looking around a bit on the Unix & Linux SE, have noticed that a fair about of question use vi instead of ...
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Alt mappings for vim in urxvt

My mappings which contain Alt aren't working in vim when using in urxvt. They work fine in gvim. An example of such mapping map <silent> <A-h> <C-w>< In insert mode when I type ...
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Is there a way to edit a password-protected file without having to retype the password all the time?

I want to encrypt a text file using a password and a way to safely edit that file. The problem I am having is that I haven't managed to find a simple way to do that while only requiring the password ...
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Using 256 colour themes not working in vim/putty

PuTTY shows the the correct xterm-256color. Colours section shows "Allow Terminal to specify ANSI colours" and "Allow terminal to use xterm-256-colour mode". Yet when I use themes, they don't work, ...
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What is the difference between .exrc and .vimrc?

I know from experience that the ~/.exrc file can be used to configure vim. I also know that the ~/.vimrc file can be used for the same purpose. However, If I use .exrc to configure vim, this leads ...
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Why do I receive a “/bin/bash cannot find command” error for an alias?

I am using multiple python, I alias python3 to py: alias py="/opt/python3.4/bin/python3" I want to run python in vim so I write this: map <F9> :call SpecialCompileRun()<CR> func! ...
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Why does exporting vim as EDITOR in zsh disable keyboard shortcuts?

My .zshrc looks like this: export EDITOR="/usr/bin/vim" Now when I open a terminal and enter a keyboard shortcut like ctrla to go to the beginning of the line, it doesn't work. Instead, the string ...
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my Vimrc disabled the copy/paste action using mouse right click

Am using an open source .vimrc file from https://github.com/amix/vimrc/blob/master/vimrcs/basic.vim, but it is screwing up my default mouse right click copy paste actions. Whenever I do a right click, ...
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How to insert the result of a command into the text in vim?

For instance, :echo strftime(%c) will show the current time on the bottom, but how to insert this time string to the text (right after the cursor)?
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How can I uniquely identify different GVim instances?

With gnome-terminal, I can use the --role command line argument to make the new terminal window uniquely identifiable by the window manager or other applications, for example: gnome-terminal ...
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Vim and unified diffs

In my daily work, I only deal with unified diffs, so I would like to define the alias alias diff='diff -puN' in my .zshrc. This alias is not respected when I use the shell from the vim command ...
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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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Is vim multithreaded?

I have a HUGE (and I mean huge) text file that I am going to process with vim. I could process it using two different (debian) machines. One is duel-core and one is octo-core. A single core on my ...
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Why whitespace isn't include in vim backreference wrapped content?

I got some code with the format looks like: print 'hi' # sample comment. And I used :%s/^\([^#]*\)\(#.*\)/\2\r \1/gc to change their format in vim. By the command above, I got the result ...
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What is the correct way to access a specific help file in Vim?

In Vim, if you type :help into the status bar, you get a window with this (contents truncated to the relevant bits): *help.txt* For Vim version 7.4. Last change: 2012 Dec 06 ...
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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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Share a buffer between tmux / vim splits

+-------------+ | | | 1 | | | |=============| | | | 2 | | | +-------------+ Each tmux split has vim open. I would like to do ...
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Copy to both X11 clipboards from vim

As far as I can see, with VIM I can choose between set clipboard=unnamed - yank to X11's primary selection buffer (middle-mouse button paste) and set clipboard=unnamedplus - yank to to X11's ...
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Where to set Vim colouring when logged into a remote machine

I do most of my development on a desktop, using Eclipse, but occasionally I have to log into the production machine to look at or edit files. Usually I use vi - which is an alias to Vim 7.2. The ...
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How to search a line contains N target characters/patterns in vim?

Today I need to search if which lines contains 4 single-quote '. But g/'\{4,4\} can only catch four continuous single-quote. So I make my code into something like ...
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Disable vi from going to the last visited line upon file opening

Is there something I can put in my exrc file to prevent vi from going to the last line I was on last time I had the file open and just set the cursor at the top by default? I think it is ...
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modify file using awk or sed

I have a text file contains ldap data in the give below format, our default structure says every user must have its own respective "home directory" but in given below i found many users have the same ...
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How to copy text from vim to clipboard?

I'm trying to copy text from vim into my clipboard. I'm aware that this only works in certain circumstances, but I was able to do so twice so far, so it must be an issue with my method. Unfortunately, ...
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Modify .inputrc to fix Mac Terminal bug with vi mode

I currently have a bug in my Mac's Terminal (I actually use iTerm2 but it's still there), where once I press left arrow after typing, I can't go past the last character. Is there a way I can modify ...
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Gbrowse not working correctly on MAC

I'm using vim and have installed Pathogen and vim-fugative, but when editing a file under source control on github.com I use the command :Gbrowse and nothing happens. I've tried most of the advice I ...
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Join Lines using Vim Editor

I have a very long text file with the data repeated like this 510068893 510069716 620087756 ...
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How to change search result highlight in vi?

The scenario: I log on a server using ssh, and search for keywords in a log file using vi. The problem: at the moment, the results of a search is only highlighted by a cursor _ below the searched ...
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Suggested setup for an ultra-lightweight text-based programming environment in linux

I am looking for suggestions for a setup for my particular needs. I haven't done much linux since college and want to get back into it as a hobby. I have some not-too-powerful hardware (512 MB ram, ...
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Vim: Count all occurrences (including multiple on the same line) of char or word

I try to count all occurrences of a char or word in a file with Vim. This means multiple occurrences of the same word in the same line should be taken into account as well. This has been discussed in ...
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Vim: Substitute based on another match in the line

I have rather large files in which I need to substitute NX for N1 but only if the line already contains NX as a pattern. So far I do it manually by first searching for occurrences of NX with: /NX ...
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Glitch with auto chmod line in .vimrc

I found a useful line for my .vimrc file from here that makes any file beginning with #! on line 1 executable when I save it. Here's the line: au BufWritePost * if getline(1) =~ "^#!" | silent !chmod ...
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cat command in shell does not terminate on receving EOT through serial port

I have shell/perl script which kicks off cat commands to receive incoming serial data from n external device. The external device is designed to send to send a EOT character when it's done ...