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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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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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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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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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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 :%s/...
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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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`grep -l .. | xargs vim` generates a warning, why? [duplicate]

If I run a command like grep -rl test . | xargs vim I get a warning "Vim: Warning: Input is not from a terminal." But I am still able to edit the files. Why the warning?
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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. Here is an article about folding: Code folding in Vim.
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Replace unicode chars in VIM?

I got some logs from a windows machine, which contains multiple instances of <200e>, I know it's a unicode char, but how can I remove it with s command? I don't know how to input that in 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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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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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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Can .vimrc be divided into multiple files?

Say I have some hundred custom re-mappings with iab for Java and some other hundred or so re-mappings for Haskell, then I'd want do divide these into different files to make it more manageable. What I'...
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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 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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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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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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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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viewing info documentation with vim

I'm trying to use the ManPageView addon to view info documentation within vim. Although I find ManPageView very useful for, well, viewing manpages, its info-reading functionality doesn't seem to work ...
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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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Block motion for any bracket type?

If I want to, say delete a block, I can use text object motions. I.e if my text looks like this: (let [a 1 b {:x 3 :y 4}] a) And the cursor is for example on character 3. If I type diB ...
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How to show line numbers in vim on the right side of the buffer?

I have set nu in my .vimrc which shows line numbers on the left side of current buffer. I would like to see line numbers on the right side. How to achieve this? UPDATE: This should also work for set ...
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Terminal and Vim

I open a terminal then I open Vim. Then I work on my source code, but unfortunately I click on the close button of the terminal title bar and my work is lost. Is it possible to configure Vim such that ...
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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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How can I check what version of the VI editor I have?

How can I check what version of the vi editor I have? What's the best way to upgrade it or install vim on Solaris?
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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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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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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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Can vim edit a remote file as root?

I've found this question that explains how to edit a remote file with vim using: vim scp://user@myserver[:port]//path/to/file.txt Is it possible to do this as root (via sudo) on the remote host? ...
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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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How do I get just the user-manual for Vim

To get the vim user-manual I am doing vi test and then, once the file is opened, I do :help user-manual This opens up a split window, which makes reading manual inconvenient to read. How do I ...
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vim search numbers containing specific number of digits

I need to find specific length numbers in a big document. I tried to use regex for this. For example, If I need to search for numbers with exactly 2 digits, I use /d/d (i.e. /d twice followed by a ...
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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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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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Advantages (or downsides) of GVim over Vim to edit code

Should I install vim or GVim ? I develop mainly Ruby on Rails (I also use IDE's, but different topic). Are there any differences or advantage of using Gvim vs vim ?
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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?
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Vim to print file on terminal and exit

I would like vim to do this in order to have syntax highlight as set up in vim (or without need for extra tools). So instead to use cat file | <some_sh_tool> I would use vim +"some_opts" +"..." ...
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How can I create my own spelling file for vim?

At the moment I'm writing a document where I need to use a lot of acronyms, technical language, and non German words. Now I was wondering if I could create a spelling file (tech_speak) which checks ...
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What is the point of Virtual replace mode in Vim?

The help says that virtual replace mode commands in Vim gr & GR replace characters in screen estate and not in file. :help Virtual-Replace-mode I am understanding this as something like ...
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Can I make Tmux tell Vim when its pane loses focus?

I use Vim and Bash side-by-side in Tmux. I have Vim configured to autosave files as I switch between them, but I'd really like it to autosave when I switch to the Bash pane. Is there a way to get ...
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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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Navigate through a stack of locations in vim?

Typing `` at location X brings you back to the last visited location in the text file. Hitting it again brings you back to X This switching is similar to Ctrl+6 to open the last opened file. But how ...
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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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Switch VI to use backspace key instead of Control+H for backspace?

I'm on Solaris 10 and by default vi version SVR4.0, Solaris 2.5.0 is installed. The system was set up so that when I ssh to it Control+H does backspace, and backspace outputs ^? I added stty erase '^...
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How do I only undo pasted text in vim?

TL;DR; version - How do I undo text that was pasted in from my OS copy buffer without undoing other text that was typed in since I went into insert mode? Longer description: Put something in your ...
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How do I pick up a previous modification in VIM?

If I did several modifications to the original file, i.e. 1 delete a line 2 insert some text 3 delete another line 4 delete the text added in step 2 5 insert some other text 6 ... Now I want to ...