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Setting vim filetype with modeline not working as expected

As per the accepted answer to this question, I'm attempting to use modelines in vim to force filetype detection in some files. For example, at the top of a file named gitconfig (note there is no ...
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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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Can I make vim change its cursor behavior?

I've been using vim for a few years as a secondary editor but for various reasons, I find myself using it more and more even when my primary editor is available. One problem that has always bugged me ...
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VIM commenting out what I paste

I got this when trying to copy this gist on vim: https://gist.github.com/w0ng/3278077 I notice the same behaviour everywhere: If I paste something that includes a comment, everything that follows ...
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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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How to set on executable bit for a particular file automatically

I want that when i make create a particular file, suppose i create it in vim editor, the created file should get executable permission as well when it gets created . I want this as i am creating some ...
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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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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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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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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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Uncommenting multiple lines of code, specified by line numbers, using vi or vim

I have learned from this Stack Overflow question that it is possible to use vi/vim to comment out a specified range of line numbers. For example, suppose I have the following bash script: ...
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In VIM, replace path with slashes without using escape slashes

In vim I want to substitute a long path /a/b/f/g/d/g with another /s/g/w/d/g/r in a text file. Usually I use \/ but there are too many slashes here. Is there an easier way?
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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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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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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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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 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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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 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 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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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 spell checker?

Is there a way to spell check a file using vim?
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Using CtrlP isn't giving very good results - am I using it wrong?

I was hoping that I could just type "job.php" and be directed to the job.php in my /lib/model/ folder, but I've mostly just get many other files returned: [No name] > ...
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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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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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Does using ctrl+c instead of esc to exit insert mode break anything in vi?

When using vi, you can exit insert mode with Ctrl + C instead of the more traditional Esc. Are there any situations where it would be undesirable to use for former instead of the latter? Does it break ...
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Copy-paste for vim is not working when mouse (:set mouse=a) is on?

I was trying to copy paste something from vim to another application and also, from that application to vim using right click with mouse and then copy and paste (or with Ctrl+v and Ctrl+c and also ...
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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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vim regex not need \ to escape

In Vim is there an option to write regexs in the same style as Awk for example/sp\{0,\}/ Would be /sp{0,}/
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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 ...