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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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Indent several lines with VIM?

For eample, I'm editing this code: <html> <body> <script> var a = 10; a += 100; </script> </body> </html> now I need to indent the script line: ...
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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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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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How can I switch 2 characters in vi?

I like the fact that I've memorized ddp for switching two lines (i.e. dd deletes the line and then p puts it back '1 higher'). Is there are similar set of keystrokes for switching 2 characters so ...
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vim search around line breaks

When I am editing a LaTeX document in vim, often times I want to search for a phrase. Because I have LaTeX setup to wrap lines, sometimes half of the phrase will be on one line while the other half ...
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Block editing *live* in Emacs or Vim

jEdit supports block editing, but Emacs and Vim seem to have some serious usability issues on the same subject. If someone could fill in the unknowns here it would be much more bearable to use either ...
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Is there a way to place a comment in a file which vim will process in order to set filetype?

For example, if I want to have a file with the name gitconfig (no leading .) be recognised by vim as being of filetype=gitconfig, is there a means of indicating this in a comment or something similar ...
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Looking for a centred, full-screen terminal

There exist out there several different 'distraction-free editors' for writing: these provide a fullscreen, minimal environment with the goal of forcing oneself to focus on the task at hand. I want ...
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vim - don't highlight search term after a search & replace?

After performing a search and replace, my installation of GVIM highlights any text remaining that still matches the search pattern. Example input text: foo foo fighters I run :%s/foo/bar/gc and ...
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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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Jump to specific character in a line in VI

In VI, I know that if you do :some_number and hit enter, you will jump to the line specified by "some_number". Is there an equivalent for jumping to a specific character in a single line? ...
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vim editing/switching between multiple files efficiently in large directory structures

I am by no means a vim power user, I am just beginning to grasp the advanced motions and commands with vim. But there's one drawback that I can't seem to get around. I grew up with graphical ...
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red-green color blindness compatible vim theme

I am looking for a vim theme accessible to users with red green color blindness. In particular, the red text on a dark terminal background all but disappears. Do any of you know of a good theme? Or ...
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Remove all Vim undo files in all but one directory

I just realized that I have tons of Vim undo (.un~) files sprinkled around my file system. I'd like to delete all of these files except in one directory—~/.tmp. My first problem is that I can't seem ...
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VIM see regular expressions matches as you type

If I type /regex then the cursor temporarily jumps to the first match and all matches are highlighted. This updates as I type. Is it possible to get this behavior when I'm getting ready to make a ...
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How to write a column of consecutive integers in Vim over existing text?

For example, imagine I had the following text: / apple / orange / banana / bread How could I efficiently add consecutive integers in a column to make? /1 apple /2 orange /3 banana /4 bread Note ...
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Is there an equivalent to whitespace-mode in emacs for vim?

Is there a way I can see spaces and tabs wonderfully visualized in vim, like I can in emacs by toggling whitespace-mode?
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In vim, how to map “command-right” and “command-left” to beginning of line and end of line on mac?

I'm trying to get it to be like default text editing in Mac. I tried map! <D-Left> 0 and map! <D-Right> $ in ~/.vimrc, but of course it didn't work. How can i do this?
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How can I open a file in VIM in readonly mode if it already has a swapfile?

When I use the command :e filename to open a file and this file is already opened by another vim instance, I get a prompt asking me if I want to open the file in read-only mode, edit anyway, recover, ...
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Only one file name allowed error

Sometimes I forget to do sudo vim and open files to which I don't have write permission. I saw this post and it was really helpful. When I did :w !sudo tee % it asked me for a password and then the ...
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Indent the middle of multiple lines

I often run into situations like this: title : Jekyll Bootstrap tagline: Site Tagline author : name : Name Lastname email : blah@email.test github : username twitter : username feedburner : ...
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Why does mapping <esc> cause arrow keys to fail in vim?

When I do inoremap <Esc> <Esc>`^ in vim, the next time I switch to insert mode (after using Esc) the arrow keys fail to move the cursor (they insert letters instead). Why does that ...
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tmux, TERM and 256 colours support

Introduction My question arises from the necessity of understanding why I have now (after multiple trials) Terminal and tmux which support 256 colours even with tput colors that tells me they are ...
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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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Vim not running inside tmux

When I try to open a file using vim inside tmux the whole window freezes. I have to kill the window with C-a &. Here are my ~/.vimrc settings: :set autoindent :set ts=4 :set number :set ...
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Fixing CTRL-* in vim under GNU screen

When running vim under GNU screen, I'm finding that combinations of CTRL with the arrow and Pg* keys don't work as expected. I'm using the Ubuntu 10.10 vim-gnome package. On a different machine, ...
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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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vim: how do I set :match and :2match search results to different colors?

For example, I want something along the lines of: :match search /<div/ guib=Green :match search /<\/div>/ guibf=Blue only that doesn't work.
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Vim: How to get rid of filetype-specific map?

Edit: Working version. I've mapped [[ and ]] to my own functions: nmap <silent> ]] :let &tabstop += 1 <CR> :echo 'tabstop =' &tabstop <CR> nmap <silent> [[ :let ...
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Interactive tree command

Is there any version of tree command that displays file structure as a tree structure, but in a way that I can interactively walk trough? Why do I need it exactly - I am trying to simulate TextMate ...
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making vim fold also hide newline after function

How can one make vim's fold function - when using foldmethod=syntax - also hide one newline after each function, if-else and struct (using Go).
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Application-specific keymapping

In general, I want to make specific keymaps for application, that working only in it and doesn't affect any other app. For example, I already use my Caps key to toggle input language (via xorg.conf), ...
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Rename current file in vim

Searching over net shows :f filename would rename the current file in vim. But executing this and later exiting vim, shows the new file with all the contents and also the old file is present with the ...
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Sending commands to dbx from Vim

Using this information, I've been able to debug code using dbx and display the code from within Vim. What would be really cool is if I could send commands (step, next, print, stop in ... etc) to dbx ...
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How to select complete file in vi, to be pasted in gedit?

I know that doing %y a will yank complete file into register a. However this doesn't help in pasting the file content in another text editor (say gedit). What alternative is there for doing so?
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Vim: word wrap for documents

Whats the best way to do word wrapping for a document in vim? I'd like have each line wrap at 80 characters, not just visually wrap but enter a newline. I got this kind of working by using :set wrap ...
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Why does my vim-7.3 compile fail to include clientserver?

I am trying to compile vim-7.3 will all features enabled. I ran configure with $ ./configure --with-features=huge --enable-gui --enable-cscope $ make ; make install When I check the version, it ...
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Auto indent / format code for vim?

I'm trying to use vim more and more when i can. One of my biggest grip between vim and an IDE like aptana is the ability to auto indent. Is there a means of auto formatting code (html, css, php) so ...
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Why can't vim find syntax.vim on my fresh Ubuntu installation?

I'm trying to make some basic customizations to vim. All I want is some syntax highlighting, etc. Basically, not just plain text. I have a basic .vimrc file. It shows errors each time vim starts up ...
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Type from right to left

Is there a command to make Vim type from right to left? If not us any one aware of this plugin?
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How to do a text replacement in a big folder hierarchy?

I want to search and replace some text in a large set of files excluding some instances. For each line, I want a prompt asking me if I need to replace that line or not. Something similar to vim's ...
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How to put current line at top/center/bottom of screen in vim?

Any quicker navigation trick to place the line at which the cursor is at the moment to the top of the screen? center of the screen? bottom of the screen?
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vim: How to switch to the directory listing from file view?

I have opened a dir vim some/dir. I can navigate within the tree, yet once I opened a file I wonder, how do I close the file view in order to go back to the directory listing to navigate to another ...
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vim customized with emacs commands (insert mode only)

I was an emacs user, and I have to switch to vim. But I miss some basic emacs commands in vim insert mode: C-A C-E C-K C-Y C-x C-s ... and some other I know that I can press Escape and then press ...
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Provide user name when using vim with scp

I was reading about SSH here http://blogs.perl.org/users/smylers/2011/08/ssh-productivity-tips.html and found that you can use vim to directly modify a file on a remote server that you can ssh into. ...
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How to re-run vim auto-indentation on a tex file?

I have a LaTeX source file with its indentation messed up. I am looking for a way to force vim (may be through one of vim-latex-suite commands) to re-run the automatic indentation commands over the ...
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VIM Executing a key command in a function

I have a function, and I want to execute a key command, but I get the error Trailing characters: function! MyFunction() if condition <C-W><C-W> else :some_other_command ...
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gvim pipes not reading zshrc when started from desktop

I'm using zsh as my default shell and using .zshrc to modify my environment variables. When I start gvim from terminal everything is fine however if I start gvim with the desktop icon, my env ...
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Run a vim macro from inside a bash script

In a bash script I want to edit a file. Is there a way to write a macro in vim, save it and then call it in bash script?