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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 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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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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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 - 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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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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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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will the same pid be used after getting killed?

I had a file opened using vim editor. It was in a ssh session and since I had been idle for a long time, the session got closed and I had to establish the connection again. I opened the file again ...
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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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Replace using VIM, reuse part of the search pattern

I am working with VIm and trying to set up a search and replace command to do some replacements where I can re-use the regular expression that is part of my search string. A simple example would be a ...
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Remove all Vim undo files in all but one directory

I just realized that I have tons of Vim undo (.un~) files sprinkled around my file system. I'd like to delete all of these files except in one directory—~/.tmp. My first problem is that I can't seem ...
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How to search the current word in all opened tabs in Vim?

I have started learning Vim word-search using * and # while the cursor is over the current word. But this search is limited to the current file buffer. Is there a command or a shortcut to extend this ...
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vim: create file with +x bit

Is there any way to set +x bit on script while creating? For example I run: vim -some_option_to_make_file_executable script.sh and after saving I can run file without any additional movings. ps. ...
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Is there an equivalent to whitespace-mode in emacs for vim?

Is there a way I can see spaces and tabs wonderfully visualized in vim, like I can in emacs by toggling whitespace-mode?
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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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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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How to write a column of consecutive integers in Vim over existing text?

For example, imagine I had the following text: / apple / orange / banana / bread How could I efficiently add consecutive integers in a column to make? /1 apple /2 orange /3 banana /4 bread Note ...
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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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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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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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Can I get vim-stlye (hjkl) navigation for GNU info?

The layout of my netbook's keyboard means that using the arrow keys for navigation is slightly uncomfortable. Is there a way to make GNU Info pages use vim-style hjkl navigation? I know I can info ...
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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 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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How can I open a file in VIM in readonly mode if it already has a swapfile?

When I use the command :e filename to open a file and this file is already opened by another vim instance, I get a prompt asking me if I want to open the file in read-only mode, edit anyway, recover, ...
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Only one file name allowed error

Sometimes I forget to do sudo vim and open files to which I don't have write permission. I saw this post and it was really helpful. When I did :w !sudo tee % it asked me for a password and then the ...
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Indent the middle of multiple lines

I often run into situations like this: title : Jekyll Bootstrap tagline: Site Tagline author : name : Name Lastname email : blah@email.test github : username twitter : username feedburner : ...
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Why does mapping <esc> cause arrow keys to fail in vim?

When I do inoremap <Esc> <Esc>`^ in vim, the next time I switch to insert mode (after using Esc) the arrow keys fail to move the cursor (they insert letters instead). Why does that ...
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How to highlight logs with bash coloring on vim?

I have some nicely colored logs from some tools with bash color codes. When I view them through less or similar tools it get color rendered by bash (obviously). However it is pain to watch and edit ...
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Change inside comments with Vim

Is there a way to change inside of a comment with Vim? I know you can change inside brackets and quotes with i] and i". For example, If you are on a quote you can press, ci"my new textESC And ...
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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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vim: how do I set :match and :2match search results to different colors?

For example, I want something along the lines of: :match search /<div/ guib=Green :match search /<\/div>/ guibf=Blue only that doesn't work.
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Vim: How to get rid of filetype-specific map?

Edit: Working version. I've mapped [[ and ]] to my own functions: nmap <silent> ]] :let &tabstop += 1 <CR> :echo 'tabstop =' &tabstop <CR> nmap <silent> [[ :let ...
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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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Interactive tree command

Is there any version of tree command that displays file structure as a tree structure, but in a way that I can interactively walk trough? Why do I need it exactly - I am trying to simulate TextMate ...
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Application-specific keymapping

In general, I want to make specific keymaps for application, that working only in it and doesn't affect any other app. For example, I already use my Caps key to toggle input language (via xorg.conf), ...
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Rename current file in vim

Searching over net shows :f filename would rename the current file in vim. But executing this and later exiting vim, shows the new file with all the contents and also the old file is present with the ...
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Sending commands to dbx from Vim

Using this information, I've been able to debug code using dbx and display the code from within Vim. What would be really cool is if I could send commands (step, next, print, stop in ... etc) to dbx ...
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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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Replace several strings with other string in several files

I have several text files. All these text files need to undergo a set to editing which can be done in vim. I want to automate this. vim has several commands for replacement. Suppose the text files ...
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How to select complete file in vi, to be pasted in gedit?

I know that doing %y a will yank complete file into register a. However this doesn't help in pasting the file content in another text editor (say gedit). What alternative is there for doing so?
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Vim: word wrap for documents

Whats the best way to do word wrapping for a document in vim? I'd like have each line wrap at 80 characters, not just visually wrap but enter a newline. I got this kind of working by using :set wrap ...
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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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Why does my vim-7.3 compile fail to include clientserver?

I am trying to compile vim-7.3 will all features enabled. I ran configure with $ ./configure --with-features=huge --enable-gui --enable-cscope $ make ; make install When I check the version, it ...
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Vim unnamed register + or *

Im using Vim 7.3 in Ubuntu and I'm having a little problem copying to the system clipboard with the following command "+y but I'm getting the following error: E354: Invalid register name: '+' In my ...
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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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Why can't vim find syntax.vim on my fresh Ubuntu installation?

I'm trying to make some basic customizations to vim. All I want is some syntax highlighting, etc. Basically, not just plain text. My .vimrc file consists of 7 lines: backspace=2 syntax on filetype ...
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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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`grep -l .. | xargs vim` generates a warning, why?

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 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?