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Modeless vs modal editors

I just started learning Linux and all my previous experience of programming has been using the Windows platform. I came across Vim editor and read that it is modal editor unlike notepad which is ...
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how to locate vim which installed by brew?

I have installed a vim using brew, and it was installed to a very different place, and now I want to locate that vim, in a shell script, is there a good approach for this?
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vim frequently does not display text

My vim frequently does not display (some) text in terminal. It just shows blank area. If I attempt to select (either through mouse or keyboard), the text would appear. The issue is more severe in ...
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What is the problem of giving the right to use sudo vim? [closed]

I'm using Mac OX 10.10. I would like to know what problems are caused by this: user ALL=(ALL) /usr/bin/vim /etc/httpd/confs/httpd.conf I think this is in /etc/sudoers. I also have Cent OS. Does this ...
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How do I use ctags functionality in vim with cscope installed?

When I install cscope by adding the line Bundle 'chazy/cscope_maps to my .vimrc file, my tags menu (g+[) is replaced with a cscope list, which seems to contain a list of files where the tag is called, ...
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Not all Vim Text Transparent

I am using the following commands after setting the color scheme to make my vim transparent: highlight Normal ctermbg=none highlight NonText ctermbg=none highlight SpecialKey ctermbg=none However, ...
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Can't open syntax.vim error when using vimrc

When I try to open my .bashrc file. then it shows these lines: Errordetected while processing /etc/vimrc: line 45: E848: Can't open file /usr/share/vim/vim70/syntax/syntax.vim Press ENTER or type ...
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Set Environment Variable for Ranger File Manager

I've recently stumbled across ranger file manager and immediately took a liking to it. However, there is still a problem I couldn't figure out the solution to: How is it possible to change environment ...
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Problem using Ctrl+Arrow keys in Vim when using Byobu with tmux

In Vim, I had set the Ctrl+Arrow keys to skip words. This works just fine when running Vim inside the gnome-terminal. However, when using byobu (tmux), it shows weird behavior : it deletes ...
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how do I install both neovim and vim plugins which are in the same .vimrc file?

I'm new to neovim and would like to know how to install both neovim and vim plugins which are in the same .vimrc file?
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Neocomplete conflict with auto line-breaking in vim

I've found a conflict between automatic line breaks in vim and the neocomplete Vundle plugin. When neocomplete is off, then my set textwidth=80 option works correctly, i.e. a line break is inserted ...
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How to copy contents of a (large) vim file to the OSX system clipboard to paste in other apps?

I like to use vim to edit other (non-programming languages) stuff. So I paste the content into vim and make the changes. How can I copy all of the text back into the primary clipboard for pasting? ...
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Background color mismatch in vim and tmux

I'm having trouble getting the full range of colors to work in vim when I'm running through tmux. I belive that it's some sort of trouble with TERM variables or 256colors, but I've done everything I ...
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Bash completion function for vim 'scp://' Paths

For easily editing remote files with vim, I currently use a few .vimrc and .bashrc additions to my environment. The bash-scripting side of it "misuses" the available standard _scp bash completion ...
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How to redirect the echoed code content of `:function FunctionName` into current file?

I've learnt how to put variable value to file with this Stackoverflow link. e.g. :let L = [1,2,3] :put string(L) [1, 2, 3] It seems the method mentioned in above link is dealing with the ...
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Why my dict methods works well without defining with extra `dict` argument ? [vim]

My piece of code looks like: :let ClassZ = {'author': "Juchen.Zeng"} :function ClassZ.Print_author_name() : echo self.author :endfunction :function ClassZ.Change_author_name(arg1) : let ...
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How to print a vim list to file in ['l', 'i', 's', 't'] format?

Today I learnt that I can use register = to print vim variables to file. However I got some trouble when trying to print a list to file. # Command mode :let L = [1, 2, 3] :echo L [1, 2, 3] # Normal ...
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vim no tab completion in bash

When in shell, running vim <anything> and pressing tab, doesn't auto complete or show the list of the available files. Although it auto completes for the directory names, but not the file names. ...
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How to search for <td>n in vim?

I can search for n with /n/ I can search for <td> with /\<td\>/ But how can I search for <td>n ? When I try /\<td\>n/ i get not found I'm trying to target the ...
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How to express “There is a specified symbol in the following unknown numbers of characters” in regex(vim)?

I have many python code examples in my markdown files, which should be prepended with >>> symbols. So I write a vim function to do this job: function AddShellPrompt() range let lnum = ...
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Vim pausing randomly for a minute or so at a time

I'm running Linux Mint Maya 13.2 on a laptop from a USB stick, and SSHing onto that install from my own work computer. When i'm editing a file with Vim, i keep getting a pause of about a minute where ...
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Automatically create matching braces in vim

How do I automatically create matching braces in vim? It should work as follows: If I input an open brace the closing one should appear automatically and the cursor should be placed in between. To ...
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Why in “:normal”command ^[ seems doesn't work with A? (vim)

Today, I learnt a bit of vim normal command, and below is my experiment: :normal i Insert ^[ yyp :normal A Append ^[ yyp # RESULT OF EXECUTE FIRST COMMAND FOR SEVERAL TIMES Insert Insert ...
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Vim cursor highlights wrong position

I'm having some weird vim cursor behavior which I'm unable to solve. While I was editing a file, suddenly the cursor marker moved one or more spaces to the right while the cursor actions still ...
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Copy vim selected text to system clipboard

My vim is not compiled with clipboard feature. So, i use xsel as suggested by Gilles to copy/paste the contents. I use :.w !xsel -b for selecting the current line and, :w !xsel -b to select the ...
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Is it able to echo parallel negative numbers in vim?

In h vim-script-intro. It says - will be interpreter as minus or negative depends on the situation. Thus echo -1 1 will result -1 1, and echo -1 -1 will result -2. Drove by my curiosity, I tried ...
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Copy text from one tmux pane to another (using vim)

I have two files opened in vim, each in one tmux pane. I would like to copy let's say 10 lines from one file to another. How can I accomplish this not using the mouse's Copy -> Paste ?
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Strange characters after pressing numeric keyboards in VIM editor

I'm running VIM under GNU screen. When I'm in insert mode and press e.g. asterisk symbol on numeric keyboard, instead of asterisk I get <F3>, when I press e.g. 4 I get t followed by newline. My ...
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Using inotifywait along with vim

I have simple script that monitors file for changes and rsyncs it with remote copy: #!/bin/bash while inotifywait -e close_write somefile do rsync somefile user@host.domain:./somefile done It ...
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Write before the cursor

In Vim, I have a #write after cursor A #write after end line I #write at start of line I want to write before a word, for example I want to edit this line My cursor is at the position after ...
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Why does Vim indent pasted code incorrectly?

In Vim, if I paste this script: #!/bin/sh VAR=1 while ((VAR < 10)) do echo "VAR1 is now $VAR" ((VAR = VAR +2)) done echo "finish" I get these strange results: ...
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Python feature disabled vim-nox

I have installed vim-nox version 7.4 package in my Debian Wheezy machine from backports. I am confused that the python feature still does not work as shown from vim --version command as -python as ...
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How to insert named register from vim commandline

Using vim I have some troubles inserting the value of a specific register using commandline mode. When in normal mode I can enter the sequence "*p which will put the value of register "* beneath the ...
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How to get clipboard support on a Linux server without X11

I have a virtual Linux development environment running under VirtualBox and Vagrant. I use tmux and vim to setup multiple open vim instances. I'd like to be able to copy and paste between those ...
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How can I constantly see the current filename in vim?

I am using vim and I need a way to always be able to see the file that I am working on without having to do ^G. I see the file name when I start vim but when I start to work and use various functions ...
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How to configure vim to interact with interactive command line shells?

From time to time I want to use vim as scratch pad for commands that I would like to send to a command line shell like psql (Postgres), ghci (Haskell programming language), octave ('calculator'), ...
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writefile() to file descriptor produces output with alignment issue

The command that produces weird output: $ vim -ec 'call writefile(["line1","line2"],"/proc/self/fd/9") | qall!' 9>&1 1>/dev/null 2>&1 line1 line2 $ Same command ...
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Weird UI glitching in VIM adjusting split bar

i just installed gvim on linux mint and I'm experiencing some weird UI glitch when adjusting the split bar and it also seems to happen when making changes to files in the editor. I have similar ...
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Restore a screen session after shutdown

Not concerned with conventional attaching and detaching, I'm talking about restoring a screen session after shutting down my system entirely. I usually have changed to various directories depending ...
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vi shows as vim

When I type vi into a terminal it shows the following display: Note that it says vim not vi, I'm sure I haven't downloaded vim yet and that this is actually vi not vim: for example the arrow keys ...
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Edit columnar data in vim

Data Name Age Madhavan 29 saravana<Tab Press> ! How can i edit this data in vim in a tabular fashion? When i press tab key from column 1 in row 3, ...
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ls: No such file or directory [closed]

I have been messing around trying to install macvim to a higher version of 7.4. I finally got it working but now I get the error ls: No such file or directory when looking for a directory. I can ...
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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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Editing multiple files simultaneously with vim/gedit

I'm trying to save some work by editing multiple files with the same name located in different directories: $ mkdir -p directory_{0..10}/results How may I create files with the same name in all ...
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Wrap all lines with character sequence in vim

So basically I copy/pasted some code, and I need to prepend and append some more code to each line. Each line is a function call, and is getting added to a switch statement as it's own case. Right ...
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How may I reset a buffer index on Vim?

I'm using MiniBufExpl to manage buffers. In my workflow, I usually work on one thing at a time. I'm opening some files, coding, enjoying. Then, I want to clear my workspace to start with new ...
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Extract lines from a file using vim or teminal

I have the following in a file. I'd like to use Vim or terminal to extract title and its content like this. How can I achieve this? Topic 1 - Core: Algebra 1.1 Arithmetic sequences and series; sum ...
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How can I make shell aliases available when shelling out from Vim?

In my .zshrc, I declare some aliases. Eg, which dbstart shows the contents of that alias. If I open vim from that shell, it is a child process. In Vim, I can run shell commands with :! some_command. ...
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Don't expand command line mapping (cmap) until pressing enter in vim

I have cmap w!! %!sudo tee > /dev/null % in my .vimrc. When I type a w while writing in the vim command line (after :), the cursor stays over the w for a few seconds before moving right. This ...
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Delete from a character above current cursor until cursor position?

Say I have: void SomeFunc () { //stuff } If my cursor is where the { is, how can I "delete up to )" ? In other words, how can I get : void SomeFunc (){ //stuff }