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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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How to highlight logs with bash coloring on vim?

I have some nicely colored logs from some tools with bash color codes. When I view them through less or similar tools it get color rendered by bash (obviously). However it is pain to watch and edit ...
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Emacs's <C-l> vim equivalent

There's a neat Control-L hotkey in Emacs that repetitively moves the cursor to the top/middle/bottom of the screen. I'm quite sure there's a vim equivalent for that, but I couldn't find it.
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Why is vim not being opened in its own screen?

When I type vim in xterm the program is not opened in its own screen, but in the very same I am writing commands in. Let me explain: for example, lets say I type in the terminal ls -l /usr/bin and get ...
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Insert mode in all windows in VI

Suppose I am using vim with two or more files opened in split-screen mode. The open files are very similar, and I want to perform a few identical changes to all files. I already know of :windo set ...
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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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Minimize the current width of a window in Vim

To maximize the width of a current window in Vim, we type: ctrl-w | Is there a similar alternative for minimizing a current window in Vim?
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Trouble getting help in vim

I have just finished the vimtutor and everything went fine except for the last part (Lesson 7.1: Getting Help). I type :help and the help manual is shown as it is supposed to. But then I try (as ...
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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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use search result in replace statement with vim substitute

I know this is gonna be a stupid question, but I've tried here, google and the official documentation. I've got a file with a whole heap of words of the form 'foo' and i want to change them to ...
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Stop vim from messing up my indentation on comments

For some reason Vim thinks all of my comments should have all indentation removed. If I add # to the beginning of a line, suddenly all leading whitespace is removed. How can I stop this? I have ...
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What is difference between w and W in escape mode of vim?

I am looking at the vim help quickref commands for moving cursor. Following lines confuse me because I find both of them working same. Could some one elaborate me difference with an example. N w ...
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Use remote ViM clipboard from iterm2 on Mac OS X

I have been using VNC for a long time for development and now I decided to move to iterm2 and screen. But there is a small problem. I have to ssh into a remote machine and use vim there. And I want ...
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Use a custom colourscheme in Vim

I have customized a color profile for Vim (toto.vim) in the colors folder at : /usr/share/vim/vim74/colors Now, to use it, I am obliged to call it each time I start vim, using the command : ...
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What happens if I use vi on large files?

Though we were instructed not to, a colleague of mine used vi to view a large text file (server.log 3.5 GB). This filled up /var/tmp and caused some problems on the server. What caused this? Why ...
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VIM: folding bullet points

I'm quite new to VIM, but have been trying to teach myself over the past week, yet I'm encountering a problem which has proven to be quite frustrating: Currently I'm mostly using VIM to take notes, ...
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Symlink everywhere

Is there any way for me to symlink a particular file so that it appears in every directory on the system? So if I symlink /tmp/scratch No matter where I am I can type vi scratch?
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How to find out which file is currently opened in vim?

This may sound trivial but, on more than one occasion, I have found myself having forgotten which file in vim I have open (e.g. when I am looking through different log files and such) and the only way ...
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vim stops sending text to * (X11) register?

I recently started using VcXsrv with the hope of being able to grab text from vim (console mode) to the Windows clipboard via X11 forwarding (and the * register). It works...to an extent. As soon as I ...
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show part of wraped lines in vim instead of hiding it with the @ character

I use vim not only for coding but also for text writing. In this context I use the wrap and linebreak options to wrap my text. Since lines - forming paragraphs in text writing - can be very long a ...
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Vim paste string with non-ASCII characters

I am trying to paste a string from a register in VIM which contains non-ASCII characters such as Ctrlr, how can I paste this string into a file, but escape the non-ASCII characters automatically? ...
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Difference in behavior of `<Esc>` and `inoremap jk <Esc>` in vim

I just installed Ubuntu 12.04 on a new computer and apt-get install[ed] vim and I'm having some weird behavior with my aliased Esc - if I'm in INSERT mode and I type the Esc key, I exit INSERT mode ...
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Is there a way to count the number of matches in Vim using :g?

I know this works: :%s/<string>//gn But it seems a bit strange to use the substitution command to count, rather than global..
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How can I go forward in a file? What is the oposite of ctrl+O

If I jump to a file e.g. by gf I know that I can do ctrl+O to go back. But how do I go forward? I.e. what is the opposite of ctrl+O so as to go forward to the file I was earlier to which I jumbed to ...
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vim - Store a backup before each write

I want to create a backup of the file I'm editing before each write. For example, if I am editing some file.txt, when I go to write the file with :w, I want vim to first save a backup of file.txt ...
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vim: Execute BundleInstall without showing the vim interface

I have a installation script that I use to initalize my vim plugins when I'm on a new machine #!/bin/bash # Clone vundle into the directory if it's not already if [[ ! -e bundle/vundle/.git ]] then ...
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vi creating a swap files before create a new file

This is a strange problem. the swap file get created for the new files. so, my directory is empty there is no file exist and then when I vi test.txt I get the swap file message. It looks like the vi ...
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Is there a method for making Google Chrome open textareas in vim?

I used to use Firefox on a daily basis but have switched to Google Chrome, and have been using it for 2+ years now. The one plugin that I miss is this one, It's All Text!. This plugin allowed for the ...
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How can I enable mouse in Vim?

How can I use mouse with panes in vim? I tried :set mouse=a but it does not seem to work when doing :sp or :vsp or vim -O
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Adjust pane size in vim

I know I can use :sp or :vsp to open files in vim in splitted panes. But how can I increase/decrease the size of each pane?
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vim syntax region: How to use strings as start / end patterns?

I want something like this in one of my syntax files: let s:mask1="some chars here" let s:mask2="and some chars here" syntax region MyOwnRegionName start=s:mask1 end=s:mask2 (the idea is to use ...
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Changing gVim behaviour on Red Hat

I recently had to change my Linux work environment from a personal Ubuntu system (having full admin rights) to a corporate Red Hat system (having very limited control on the system). Both running ...
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Make vimdiff display different lines as different lines (not partially different)

vimdiff has an annoying habit of displaying two almost-completely-different lines as the same partially-different line just because they share a character in common at the beginning or end. For ...
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Map a shell command to execute it into vim

I want to map, in my ~/vimrc file, the key <F4> in vim in order to execute the indent program on the file which I'm currently editing. How can I do it? If I do this,the compatibility with vi ...
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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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How to Replace Path in Search field using VIM

I'm trying to replace this text in VIM Actual Path /home/omipenguin/Servers\ Information/systemscript.sh/sysinfo.txt with this new path /home/sysinfo I tried %s/\/home\/omipenguin\/Servers\ ...
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Rewriting lines from the ending

I want to read a file and write its lines from the ending (which means that I want to replace the first line with the last line, the second line with the penultimate line and so on) just by using VIM ...
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Idle terminal safe character

I'm using iTerm2 on a Mac to do Linux work. In order to avoid losing terminal connections, I turned on "When idle, sent Ascii code". The default is 0. This works like a charm to keep connections ...
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Lowercase all but the first (Uppercase) letter from UPPERCASE in cyrillic

To make all letters a lower case except the first letter. The first letter would look like "Uppercase" after I changed (from UPPERCASE in cyrillic). The rest (not UPPERCASED) leave unchanged. I'm ...
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Setting programming font in RHEL 5 + gvim

I am working on RedHat RHEL5. I want to change the font in GVIM. The only font format that my GVIM accepts is *-courier-medium-r-normal-*-*-140-*-*-m-*-* It refuses to use Courier\ New or ...
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How can I set check interval for set autoread option in VIM

How can I set check interval for set autoread option in VIM? Is it possible?
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Vim key binding to cycle through windows

How do I bind one single key to cycle through the windows? For example, each time I want to switch a window, I have to click ctrl-a (default was ctrl-c) then use arrow key up/down/left/right to ...
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How can I use caps lock to change language in VIM

Can I use capslock for changing languages in VIM instead of Ctrl + 6 in case of "keymap=russian-jcukenwin"? How can I do it? Maybe something like mapping it in the $VIMRC file? How can I map ...
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How can I select all copy from vim and paste to other program e.g. mail client?

How can I do the following? Copy all text from vim and paste it to an external program e.g. mail Outlook? I tried +y and gg*yG but the paste does not work.
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vim flag to append a line and save

I'm trying to mock an editor as part of writing feature tests for a CLI that I'm working on. I need to mock an editor which is opened and quit directly without saving, as well as an editor which ...
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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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gvim on RHEL (Red Hat Enterprise Linux) install in home directory

How to install gvim on a RHEL server that doesn't have it (for use with SSH with X11 forwarding*)? No sudo access is available, so it has to be in the user's home directory. *Getting all the ...
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(g)vim - NerdTree and tagbar above each other left to edited file?

Any chance to get (g)vim displaying NerdTree and tagbar above each other left to edited file? +-----------+-------------+ | nerd tree | edited file | | contents | | +-----------+ ...
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Can vim warn on a tabpagemax overflow?

If I open a collection of files in vim tabs using a glob pattern, I'd like to be warned if the number of files matching the pattern exceeds the value of tabpagemax. For example, if the following, $ ...
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Carriage return vs newline in vim

In vim, when I opened a file, I wanted to add two empty lines at the end of each current line. I used the following switch: %s/$/\n\n/ Apparently, this does not work, but what does work is: ...