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Why does `ESC` move the cursor back in vim?

In vim, when I hit ESC to return to command mode, the cursor moves one character to the left. This is not what I would hope for, occasional I immediately hit l to move back to that spot, perhaps to ...
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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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vim install on freebsd has taken 5 hours and counting

Ok, so installed portmaster and I'm trying with it, I'm hoping it won't take time. So I've been up all night and my vim installation is still going on. I have an amazon ec2 freebsd server setup. I ...
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How do I make Vim behave like “tail -f”?

I would like to know if there is a way to make Vim behave like tail -f. Even the best Vim plugin I've found so far doesn't do what I expect. I really want to see the file update in real-time. Even ...
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Show status lines of vim and tmux on the same line

I would like to figure out a way to get my vim statusline and tmux statusline on the same line if such a thing is possible and not immensely difficult (ideally, the vim prompt, or whatever it's called ...
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VIM as c++ IDE - autocomplete

I'm still learning C++, but I know already some stuff. I used to use Visual Studio, but after I switched to Debian, I was working with Code Blocks. Recently I heard about using VIM as IDE and started ...
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Can I specify the layout of a vsplit command?

When I do the :vsplit command, it always opens the new file on the left side of the screen. Is there a way I can specify I want the new file to open to the right?
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Where should xt.vim be put on osX?

Cracking xDebug open, finally and looking to add the vim formatting file from xDebug.org. It says to "copy" the file to ~/.vim/syntax. But such a directory doesn't exist on osx 10.6. I don't see ...
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Vim FoldColumn color different on Debian / Ubuntu

I sync my .vimrc file between two machines, one running Debian testing and the other Ubuntu. On Debian everything works fine. On Ubuntu, the fold column is gray instead of black, even though black is ...
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YouCompleteMe not working after default install

I was trying to install YouCompleteMe with Vundle and it installed fine (it downloaded the git repository I pointed it to). I went into the folder and ran install.sh with the clang semantics and ...
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Problem with vim when logged in as root

When I login as root or edit a file by sudo mode all of the options in my /etc/vimrc are not working (e.g. highlight line-number etc.)
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Using VI keys to edit shell commands in UNIX

I used to have a co-worker who was really good at UNIX. He showed me how to use Vi key bindings to edit my shell commands. He placed the command in a file that ran every time I logged in. Since ...
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Becoming root from inside Vim

Sometimes I start editing configuration files in /etc using Vim, but forget to use sudo to start Vim. The inevitable result then is that after finishing my edits I encounter the dreaded notice that I ...
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Hide Vim fold characters

When using Vim to write prose my folds look like this: + # Section A expanded | Lorem ipsum dolor sit amet, consectetur adipisicing elit, | sed do eiusmod tempor incididunt ut labore et dolore magna ...
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How to get vimchat to work in linux

I added Bundle 'throughnothing/vimchat' to my ~/.vimrc file and ran :PluginInstall. That all ran fine, then I added an account and password to the ~/.vim/Bundle/vimchat/config file like this: ...
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vim: hide first n letters of all lines in a file

I am analyzing log file using vim and the format looks like this YYYY-MM-DD HH:MM:SS.USEC PID Name LogText Since Most of the times I don't care about date and time. I want to hide them and just ...
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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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Text editor with indented word wrapping

I've been using Notepad++ in windows for a while and it has a cool feature for word wrapping so that the wrapped text is indented. That is the start of the sentence starts at column 1, but wrapped ...
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Copy/paste into SSH'd VIM from local (Windows) clipboard

I would like to copy from a local machine and paste into vim on a remote box which I am SSH'd into. That's it. I have tried "+p and "*p, mouse middle-clicking, and a couple other things to no ...
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How to change Vim's command type mode programmatically?

Is there a simple way to switch from one command type mode to another without loosing the current command line? In my ~/.vimrc file I remap the <space> and <c-space> character, coming ...
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How to align columns of multiple lines at a fixed distance with vim

Here is another one of my vim question (They seem to become my trademark here.). I have a really long file basically consisting of lines of the following form: ;07 :ANZ textv S9_1 9_1_K3_2 ...
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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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Right-align comments in vim

I'm writing C code using vim and are searching for a possibility to right-align my comments so that they all end at col 80. To give a short example: int a = 80; /* initialize a */ int b = 7; /* ...
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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 supporting 256 colours and tput colors telling me there are only 8 of ...
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How can I count the number of words in a file whilst editing the file in vim

I know I can use wc for counting characters, words and lines of files at the command line. Is there any way I can can count the number of words while in vim?
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Vim Error 'E212: Cannot open file for writing', when trying to create new files outside of home dir

I am running Wheezy Debian. When I try to create a new file in a directory other than my home directory, such as /var/www, I get the following error in vim: E212: Cannot open file for writing. I ...
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Filename completion in gvim

for some reason, my filename completion in gvim is not working. In vim, its working properly. Commands and such are, however, completed correctly. I have set wildmode=full. An example: Assume i want ...
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How do I write a command in vim to run multiple commands?

I've written some commands that perform common functions by placing the following in my .vimrc files: command! FixWhitespace %s/ \+$//g command! FixCommas %s/,\S\@=/, /g Now I'd like to create a ...
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vim: Use different colorscheme when connected over SSH

On my desktop I use the hbrid color scheme in vim, with the preferred colors set for my consoles 16-color palette (as described in the README). However, on my laptop, I use the solarized color ...
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How different is Elvis from Vim?

I've been using Slackware for a while now, which ships with Elvis as its default editor. Most other Linux distributions seem to ship with Vim, instead of Elvis. Having gotten quite used to Elvis, ...
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(Vim) How to use TAB for indentation in all file types?

I'm using only TAB for indent, so I configure Vim for using only them: set autoindent set noexpandtab set tabstop=4 set shiftwidth=4 But some files (.py) still using spaces. I've search for it and ...
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Calling latex from vim stopped working

When I try to compile my latex document from within vim by issuing: :w|!lualatex % (leaving out the w command does not solve the problem) it compiles but it does not save any files. If I call lualatex ...
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Problem : how can I copy/paste this in vim?

I'm working with the vim editor and I found y,yw respectively to copy a line and a word but how can I do the following task in vim? www.pack.google.com From this line how can I copy and paste ...
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Redirect VI command output to a file

I want to export the output of vi command :set fileencoding to another file. It seems vi's file encoding detection is better than file command. How to do that? I could write a macro with: :set ...
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How do I highlight commas not followed by a space in vim?

I've gotten into the habit of not appending spaces after commas in lists, when coding. To break this habit, I thought I'd get vim to highlight any comma (,) that is not followed by a space. So I've ...
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How do I get the solarized colour scheme working with gnome-terminal, tmux and vim?

There's a lot of questions around this, but it's because there are so many variables. I had to piece together instructions from many sites before I got this working. First, I could not easily set up ...
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Configure bash and/or vim to execute source ~/.bashrc everytime I finish editing it

I would like to execute source ~/.bashrc every time I finish editing a file with vim (i.e. after :wq vim command). How should I configure vim or bash to work that way?
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Collapse line vertically so that every word is on a new line

Given a string like: "Hello World, how are you today?" Is there a way in Vim to collapse this line vertically such that every word appears on a new line, i.e.: "Hello World, how are ...
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dot command in Vim, last change?

The dot command in Vim repeats the "last change", but I am not exactly sure what constitutes the "last change". For example, if I type the sequence: A;{ESC}j. Then a semi-colon is appended to ...
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Copy/paste across vim without X

In vim, "+p pastes from the system clipboard. However, when working remotely over SSH on a non-GUI box, this is not available. Is it possible to implement copy/paste in this environment? Merely ...
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How to enable and use code folding in vim

How can I enable and do code folding in vim? Do I have to change anything in ~/.vimrc? I type z+a and z+c and z+o and nothing happens. code folding on vim.
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vim: hide status line in the bottom

Sometimes I work with really small terminal windows and need every piece of space available. So I want to hide the vim status line. I already set laststatus=0 this hides one of the status lines. But ...
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Can we patch an already patched font?

Powerline is some sort of plugin for Vim and Gvim. In order to be more useful it uses fonts that has some pictures (symbols) added to them. In other words they've "patched" the font set. Recently ...
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Why can't Vim open a 100 MB text file when I have 16 GB RAM?

I have a 100MB MySQL database backup file and I have trouble to open it in Vim on my Linux box that has 16G of RAM. Vim just hangs (at least unusable). This is something I don't understand. I have 16 ...
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Insert single successive numbers at the beginning of each line in a text file with Vim

Assume I have a text file containing some strings: string_g string_r string_qqwer string_p string_f string_3qw string_e string_qw And I need to insert increasing or decreasing numbers before the ...
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Verify line endings from a text created by perl script

I am interested in seeing the contents of a text file in hex mode. I have tried :%!xxd and the problem is that I can not really understand which hex code represents each letter e.g. when you use an ...
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Open to specific gvim tabs

I have a working environment that I'd like to save via a script. -EDIT: I don't need to save it's state, I just want my script to define it. Though saving state would work too I guess. Currently it ...
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Why does Vi have multiple modes?

Why does Vi have multiple modes? I'm not interested in the functions of the modes unless that was a reason to have different modes. I'm only interested in the design / engineering reasons for ...
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less command and syntax highlighting

I need to use the less command with the syntax highlighting of the vim command for python, C, bash and other languages. How do I apply syntax highlighting colors according to vim colors for less ...
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Navigation Motion to Skip Comments

To edit configuration files, I'm using Vim. In order to move the cursor upwards or downwards to other configuration entries, I'm using Ctrl+d or Ctrl+u, respectively. Large blocks of commented lines ...