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How to scroll large datafile while keeping header

Suppose I have some large datafile, which overflow the screen in both vertical and horizontal direction. How can I browse this file, while the header-lines stay on the screen? For the moment, I am ...
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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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How can I exit from read-only mode in Vim?

I opened a file in readonly mode; is there a way to get out of readonly mode?
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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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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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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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Vim :s replace first N < g occurrences on a line

In vim, I sometimes have occasion to replace the first few occurrences of a match on a line, but not every one like g would. e.g.: a a a a a to b b b a a I know I could use ...
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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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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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How to make vim apply /var/log/messages syntax highlighting to any file called “messages” or “messages-*”?

I love vim's colorization of /var/log/messages, but it only works for that – the absolute filename. It doesn't work for older rotations of messages (e.g. /var/log/messages-20120610) or for messages ...
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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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Match word containing characters beyond a-zA-Z

To match a word one can use \v(\w+) From the vim help :h \w: \w word character: [0-9A-Za-z_] This works exactly as described in the manual. However, I want to match words that contain ...
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How to set the bash display to not show the vim text after exit?

My question is simple, but I am finding it hard to frame/explain it easily. I log into several Unix boxes with different accounts. I see 2 different things for user1 and user2, while editing text ...
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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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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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vi/vim, how can I write out a number of lines to a new file

I have a bunch of lines that I want to write out to a different file. How can I do that?
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How to switch to the directory listing from file view in vim?

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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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 ...
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Vim: pasting lines line by line

Let's suppose I have a file containing: xxx yyy zzz and another file: kkk qqq ppp I want to obtain: xxxkkk yyyqqq zzzppp Is that possible in Vim with some command? (I've tried using VISUAL ...
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Transaction check error in installing vim?

I recently updated my fedora to 20 and wanted to install vim.but running sudo yum install vim returned this error: Transaction check error: file /usr/share/man/man1/vim.1.gz from install of ...
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Turning off splitting lines in vim

One of the most annoying features of vim is splitting lines. For some reasons someone found it would be good to split lines even in whitespace sensitive formats. For example changing: echo ...
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vim - how can i do a 'change word' using the current paste buffer

I have some text in my paste buffer, e.g. I did a yw (yank word) and now I have 'foo' in my buffer. I now go to the word 'bar' and I want to replace it with my paste buffer. To replace the text ...
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vim spell checker?

Is there a way to spell check a file using vim?
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Vim command for inserting a character

I'm looking for the opposite of x. I want to insert just one character and stay in command mode.
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gvim -p limit of opened tabs?

When I run : gvim -p *.xyz I find that not all files are opened in tabs. It feels, like a kind of tab limit? But ! When I try to open unopened with : :tabnew it is opened next to previous ...
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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 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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VIM: show all lines edited in session

Is there a command or plugin that I can use to show all the lines I have edited in a Vim session? I would like to be able to have all the changes I have made highlighted when working in co-workers ...
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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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Is it possible to create and use menus in (terminal-based) vim?

I'm setting up virtualized Linux boxes (as local development servers) for developers at a company that is primarily Windows-based, and some of developers make negative cracks about vim (among other ...
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Vim spell punctuation for ⸮

I am finding myself using the point d'irony (⸮) more and more. However, vim spelling does not recognise it as a valid punctuation character. How can I add it to vim so that the spelling works?
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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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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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Case-preserving search and replace in vim?

In vim, I know I can search with or without case sensitivity. But if I want to search for a string in either upper or lower case, and replace it with a replacement of the same case, is that possible ...
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vi command for adding blank line?

In vi, I can use o or O to add a blank line and go into insertion mode. But what if I want to stay in command mode, is there a command for this? In googling, I'm seeing suggestions to add stuff to my ...
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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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Temporary .vimrc

Is there a way to read a .vimrc file for only a single ssh session? That is, when I log in I perform some operation so that vim uses say /tmp/myvimrc until I log out? I do not want to permanently ...
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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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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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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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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 ...