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Set default editor for 'info coreutils' [duplicate]

I'm using Ubuntu 14.04 and have this in my .bash_profile: export EDITOR=/usr/bin/vim export VISUAL=/usr/bin/vim man respects this setting but info always opens in something else, nano or it's own ...
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How to map emacs multi-modifier keys in vim?

I want to be able to map the multi-modifier keys of emacs in vim. I am trying this for exiting vim: imap <C-x><C-c> <ESC>ZZ However, this does not work.
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Why does my vim status line say “Obtaining ../”?

On the righthand side of my vim status line it says "Obtaining ../" and is highlighted yellow. Why does it say this? The results of :set are: :set --- Options --- cpoptions=BceFs history=1000 ...
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Vim search in global variables

I can display variables in vim using :let g: but I cannot search in it (keybindings seem very limited). Can vim open this content as internal buffer or pass to some other command?
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Advantages of using set -o vi

I have seen many developers using this command to set the option to vi. I never understood the real use of this? When using bash commands, what help does switching to vi provide?
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NERDTree don't create window on open when file is not saved

Is there a way to convince NERDTree to always hide editor window? Because when I open file and I have unsaved changes in previous one, NERDTree will open new window, so it is opened in split. I don't ...
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Getting vim to go to the first line and enter insert mode when writing an email with mutt

Mutt uses vim as its editor, and its temp files are in /tmp/mutt-* I want vim to auto-insert on the first line when replying to an email in mutt. here is the applicable line from my .vimrc: autocmd ...
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Vim: x-terminal key mapping

I normally use Vim on Windows and have had no problems with key-mapping, but now that I'm using a virtual machine running Ubuntu, accessed through MobaXterm, things don't quite work as they should. ...
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In Vim, why does `2ci"` delete the surrounding quotes?

ci" (and 1ci") leave "s intact; why does 2ci" (and the same formula with any higher number) delete them?
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Gvim terribly slow redraw

I am on the last Arch Linux distribution using gnome desktop. And it is nearly impossible to work with gvim. For example, using opening python files make a mess on a screen when I start opening ...
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How to allow Page Up in GNU Screen?

I use Vim to edit text files on Linux. Commonly I connect to remote Linux machines using PuTTY from Windows. I use GNU Screen commonly as well. When using Vim inside Screen I am unable to use the ...
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.vimrc does not working as expected

I've been trying new color schemes and I set: colorscheme gotham256 set background=dark set t_Co=256 highlight Normal ctermbg=NONE highlight nonText ctermbg=NONE but these thing ...
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How to use CapsLock instead of Escape in Vim?

I would like to map my CapsLock to Escape. How do I represent CapsLock in .vimrc? I know to map space to a command I would do something like this: :map <space> viw How would I map CapsLock ...
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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 copy from one vim instance to another using registers

How can I select the + register? I have problems following the instructions below to copy/paste text from vim to another vim: In the vim, highlight, select + register, and yank (save) to it: Shift-v ...
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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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Auto code completion in GEdit and VIM, for C++

Being a Visual Studio fan, I am just wondering if I can have same feature in GEdit and VIM. PS : I’m new to VIM and currently using CentOS and Ubuntu.
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Vim command to turn hard wrapped lines into visually wrapped lines with preserved formatting

Given the following strings each on a separate line (which I indicate by prefixing line numbers) with syntax specific indendation: 1 Standard string with only text or code from some programming ...
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How to fix weird vim polluting the terminal behaviour on arrow keys and on delete in insert mode?

My terminal gets polluted by B, C,A,D when I try to navigate within vim using arrow keys and on delete using backspace it only scrolls back without deleting the characters on screen while the ...
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Adding color scheme to Vim

I would like to add this color scheme to Vim any suggestions on how I could accomplish that ?
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The vim navigation sweet spot, medium-distance jumps

In vim I often find myself j-stepping by line to go, say, 8 or 10 lines down. For example, if I have a directory open in netrw and the directory I want is 8 lines down I will just jjjjjjjj+ENTERENTER. ...
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Anyway to navigate percentage-wise in vim?

I often open large files, looking through logs for finding info. As all lines have timestamp in my case and I am sure of in which part of the whole file the info is present which I am interested in. ...
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Bash inside Vim not working properly

In MacVim I'm using Conque to run bash commands inside Vim. I have a problem with the text navigation while using Conque. If I'm at the end of a line of text and press down Alt← I skip a word to the ...
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What does the underscore motion do in vim?

I don't understand the underscore motion in vim, at least in the context of yank (y). My cheat sheet reads "soft" bol down which I do not comprehend. If I use the motion alone it seems to be the ...
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Move to other end of paragraph in vim (not a visual block)

If I have a paragraph selected in visual mode (eg, vap), I can swap the cursor between the ends by using Shift-O. Is there a way to do this in normal mode?
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In VIM how do you run a command silently in the background?

I'm using ubuntu and currently have the following line in my vimrc file: nnoremap < leader >dc :execute 'silent !drush cc all' | redraw! The command works but it doesnt hit me back to the ...
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:bnext not cycling through all buffers in vim

For some reason :bnext is not cycling though all the buffers shown by :buffers I have 5 buffers open but only 3 buffers are visited when I used :bnext repeatedly. How can I cycle through all the ...
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Select an item in vim autocomplete list without inserting line break

A rather annoying feature of vim is that if you are in insert mode and do an autocomplete (Ctrl-N), arrow key down to the desired item, and press the Enter key, then it inserts the item but also ...
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How do I use vim on the command line to add text to the middle of a file?

I am trying to write a command along the lines of the following: vim -c "XXXXXX" myFile Instead of the "XXXXX" I want to supply some commands to vim to add some text to an arbitrary point in the ...
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How can I paste (overwriting) with vim?

In vim I use yy and p all the time to yank and paste lines. However, if I want to replace one line multiple places in the file, I can't use yy p dd p because the dd deletes the line to the clipboard ...
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The form of the cursor in vim in konsole in kde with tmux

I use KDE and for vim in Konsole, I have such commands in my .vimrc: " Konsole " solid underscore let &t_SI = "\033]50;CursorShape=2\007" " solid block let &t_EI = "\033]50;CursorShape=0\007" ...
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Graphical issues in vim

Not sure if this is the best place to ask this but does anyone know why I'm seeing those purple-ish bars in my vim? My vimrc http://dpaste.com/698999/ Also, I'm using Lion OSX
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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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Ctrl-s hang terminal emulator?

I came across a sentence in vimdoc: Note: CTRL-S does not work on all terminals and might block further input, use CTRL-Q to get going again. and this key indeed hangs my vim. I was ...
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/usr/bin/vim vs. /bin/vim

I get that binaries can be in different places. What I don't understand is why when I run whereis, which and type it says vim is at /usr/bin/vim, but when I try to run it using sudo it says I can't ...
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place the aliased version of an existing command in /usr/bin/

I use Vim a lot, and I know how I can start vim in insert mode. So I have an alias named vii in my .bash_aliases file. On other hand I use Git a lot too, and I have this line in my .gitconfig: ...
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Position-based tag filtering in vim

When jumping to a tag with CTRL-] and having multiple tag matches, one has to choose which tag to use. Is it possible to filter the multiple match menu based on things like position or active syntax ...
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Method for storing/remembering one liner commands

Often when configuring and adjusting unix-based systems I use a lot of one-line commands that are difficult to remember. For example, to determine what version of ntp (the time server) is running, you ...
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Why can I not do visual mode when using visudo?

I thought perhaps vim was in some compatibility mode of some sort. To make sure it was using vim instead of vi, I set the VISUAL environment variable but was still unable to get into visual mode ...
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How do you track down why a Vim plugin does not work?

I have installed the plugin vim startify which worked fine in my remote server where I use it. Something happened (I think an upgrade) and the plugin no longer seems to work!
But I don't get any error ...
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Replace using vim - Replace a pattern […] by a string

I have a file containing lines in below e.g. format - [foo@host.com, bar@host.com], Payment processed - 23499, params = {'invoice':3243} I only want the account numbers i.e. 23499. It's a number. ...
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Neither `less` or `less -X` clear screen on exit

Neither less or less -X clear screen on exit. At the same time, vim does.... Env iTerm2, protocol mosh, server Centos + tmux + zsh iTerm2: report term as xterm-256color tmux: set -g ...
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“abbreviation” for dd$ if current line is empty

Example: I type "abc" then [newline]. Now I want to effectively just remove the [newline] to remove the current line (dd) and then jump to the end of "abc" ($). It might seem odd to ask for ...
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View .deb package files in vim

vim is capable of reading compressed files (for common methods, at least). However, it sees Debian package files as binary gibberish. The Archive Manager tool can, however, open package files and show ...
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How to toggle mouse support in vim?

I have been working on my laptop a lot lately, and I am accidentally clicking while typing. I know I could remove set mouse=a in my .vimrc, but sometimes I like using the mouse. What can I do to ...
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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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Keymaping for re-indent source code in Vim

I have key mapping in my ~/.vimrc file that re-indents edited source code on the fly. It looks like as follows: " press F4 to fix indentation in whole file; overwrites marker 'q' position noremap ...
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vim replace search text by manipulated search text

This is a very simplified version of my problem. Suppose I have a text file containing several places the code 20091a or 20092a or 20093a. I'm wishing to surround all this code by the text ...
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Switching among cli and vim and other files workflow

I saw some kind of workflow in vim: Vim had a file open. Then some combination of keys made vim disappear and the user was in the command line working in cli mode, then opened another file and then ...
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Folding in vimrc does not work as expected

I added these to my vimrc: set foldenable set foldmethod=syntax set foldlevelstart=1 let javaScript_fold=1 " JavaScript let perl_fold=1 " Perl let php_folding=1 ...