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Run a Vim command from a bash script

This is related to a question I asked earlier but I would like to keep it separate in case anyone else can find use in it. I have a command that I am running on a file called dummy.out from the ...
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Bash Scripting VIM commands

I have a few files that I have an annoyingly repetitive group of VIM commands to apply to. They are basic VIM commands just to delete some lines which are not supported by the process I need the files ...
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What does >… mean in vim and how to substitute a single whitespace for it?

I know that when :set list is used whitespace is shown as .. But what does it mean when a whitespace symbol is preceded by >, e.g. >., >.., or >...? And how do I remove it and leave only ...
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My terminal is pure white // removal of the things spf13 has done to my Ubuntu

I have installed spf13 by using the command: curl http://j.mp/spf13-vim3 -L -o - | sh I didn't liked what I got, so I tried to get rid of it. I managed to get to my previous VIM configuration, but ...
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vim color changing between | |

I'm editing some rst files. In the math section, the color changes between | |. Why is this so? How can I change my rst.vim file to not change color between | |? Thank you in advance.
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Is it possible to make VIM emphasize found text?

As vim wiki's stated we can look up strings by using *. But by default, looked up string is not being emphasized. Is it possible to configure vim that the strings will be emphasized when looked up ...
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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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How can I invoke vi instead of vim [duplicate]

I want to use vi for better pasting. When I use vi I get vim When I type /usr/bin/vi I still get vim This is on my Max OSX 10.10 Yosemite
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tmux vim colorscheme background is not showing

I have installed tmux but now text mode vim colorschemes do not fill the background colour properly. Here is how it looks with colorscheme xoria256 in the normal Ubuntu 14.10 terminal: And here ...
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Substitute all occurrences of pattern with first matched group

I have to go from this: text match$something_here and match$xxx blablabla text match$something_else_here and match$xxx blablabla ... to this: text match$something_here and match$something_here ...
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Open an existing file in another tab/window while using gvim --remote-tab filename in one vim file.(Using Vim plugin script))

I am writing a vim plugin which maps a key to the function which opens and highlights the text in another file with the same text (if present) at the current cursor position in the current file. But ...
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What causes swap files to be created?

As part of the program I wrote, I constantly read and write data from files. I noticed that as part of doing so, I am inadvertently creating swap .swp files. What do you think is going on? What would ...
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Search and replace two words with ex command

I want to search and replace 2 words with 2 other words with one g/.../s/.../.../g command. For example to replace word 'car' with 'truck' and 'cat' with 'dog' with one ex command in Vim.
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some POSIX Bracket Expressions not working

For example when I'm trying to find and replace something using g/[:digit:]/s/1/2/g Vim showing error: Pattern not found: [:digit:], while the string contains digits. Following POSIX Bracket ...
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Using options with :tabe in vim

I have a file open in Vim. I'd like to open another file in a tab, using the :tabe command. However, I'd also like to open this file with the -M option, in order to avoid modification and writing of ...
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Vim syntax highlighting fails with autosession

Since I've installed this VIM autosession manager (which does its job) syntax highlighting gets killed on the first buffer change after starting vim. I can restore it with :syntax on but I ...
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vim - “Press ENTER or type command to continue” right after loading only?

Recently my vim has developed the habit of displaying Press ENTER or type command to continue the first time I do certain things right after I open it. For example, if I'm at my shell prompt and type ...
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Why is it risky to give sudo vim access to ordinary users?

I'd like to create a new user and give him sudo access. To be specific, I want him to use sudo vim and edit httpd.conf. I wrote this in sudoers: user ALL=(ALL) /usr/bin/vim ...
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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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Disable or remove default vim keybinding

Is there a way to disable or remove a default vim keybinding? For example, if I wanted <S-k> (shift-k) to do nothing, how would I achieve this?
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Unknown Function in Vim

I am hoping that this is the correct StackExchange community. Anyways, I have the following file (vimscript.vim): function HelloWorld() echo "Hello World" endfunction call HelloWorld() When I ...
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Solaris vim end key

A simple question: why with solaris 10 on vim pressing end key produce F? This is what appened pressing end This is a text file,i will press "end key" F F F F :(
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“E488:Trailing Characters” while typing :<F7>

I have written the following in vimrc.vim :filetype plugin on :let s:save_cpo = &cpo :set cpo&vim :let &cpo = s:save_cpo :set runtimepath = ~/home/nikcha/.vim/plugin :set fileformat = ...
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Open list of files in vim to specific lines

I know about vins command line operator but I need a version that works on multiple files . For instance I have a stack trace file and would like it to open all of the files to the line in a ...
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Supress standard output in vim-latex-suite

I use Vim Latex-Suite together with the PDF reader Zathura. In the last versions of Zathura they decided to output the following warning: "warning: Failed to loads bookmarks" whenever a document ...
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Edit Nth occurence interactively in a search in vim

Given a text with multiple occurrences of the word foo, I would like to do an interactive search through the text, and upon the Nth occurrence of foo, edit it. I can only find the search and replace ...
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Moving by page without chords in Vim

Often I want to skim through a document or piece of code, which I do with page down (Ctrl-D) and page up (Ctrl-U), but it feels like I am violating the spirit of Vim using emacs-like chords/control ...
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Updating vim on remote host

I want to lead this off by saying I'm quite new to any type of server administration so please bear with me. I am currently running a shared bluehost account. The current version of vim on the ...
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What happens if I use vi on large files?

Though we were instructed not to, a colleague of mine used vi to view a large text file (server.log 3.5 GB). This filled up /var/tmp and caused some problems on the server. What caused this? Why ...
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How can I enter visual mode *after* (or: to the right of) the cursor

Let's say I am typing something, then realize that what I just typed will be repeated a couple of times. Now, what I would like to do is to select backwards, yank (thereby returning to the position I ...
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vim edit a file with a user-vimrc but still load all previous initializations

Checking the man page for vim says it's -u switch that lets me choose a different vimrc file -u {vimrc} Use the commands in the file {vimrc} for initializations. All the other initializations ...
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Vim colors conflicting with terminal ones

For most vim colorschemes, they appear different than advertised when I open vim in xterm. I've been using xterm-256color and set t_Co=256. A similar thing happens when I use xfce-terminal, but the ...
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Editing Remote Files in Git repo

I have a remote Linux machine which I use as a development server for a web application. I cannot reproduce the environment locally, the files must execute on the remote server, but I want to edit ...
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Using grep for listing certain lines from a file

Using a random file, such as /usr/share/vim/vim74/tutor/tutor, is there a way to list all lines that start with a 5 letter word ? How about the lines that end with a 5 letter word ? I've been ...
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gvim on RHEL (Red Hat Enterprise Linux) install in home directory

How to install gvim on a RHEL server that doesn't have it (for use with SSH with X11 forwarding*)? No sudo access is available, so it has to be in the user's home directory. *Getting all the ...
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Quick way to open a distant file in vim in command line

Suppose I have two files with the following filepaths: ~/another/project/file1.txt ~/this/is/some/very/deep/project/file2.txt As you could see, file1.txt and file2.txt are located "far way" from ...
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Reverse global and local marks in vi/vim

How can I reverse the capitalization convention of marks in vi/vim? Normally a lower-case mark like "a" means it is local to the current file, but upper case marks like "A" are global to the session. ...
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What is the difference between “find” and “till” in vim?

I see I can use t c or Tc to move to the next / previous character c I can also use fc or Fc to move to the next / previous character c Is the only difference between them that tc places the ...
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on osx vim 7.3 set number set relative number not working

I'm using OSX Mavericks. Using VIM 7.3, I can't seem to get the "hybrid" line numbers to work. I was reading a tutorial stating that if both set number and set relativenumber were included in the ...
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Vim, how to delete from CURRENT cursor position, until end of line and next N lines?

This is strangely difficult to figure out. I do not want to delete what is to the left of the cursor, only from the cursor to the end of the line, and the following 3 lines in ONE command. I know I ...
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Make vimdiff display different lines as different lines (not partially different)

vimdiff has an annoying habit of displaying two almost-completely-different lines as the same partially-different line just because they share a character in common at the beginning or end. For ...
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command-t plugin not working in vim

The command-t plugin is not working. When I press the <leather> + t, it gives me the error from the picture. Please help with this error. Thank you.
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Is replacing a particular line in a file through a bash script possible in VIM or EX?

I would like to modify a particular line, say line 5, in a file by using the EOEX construct how can I achieve my aim? The code snippet that I use to achieve my purpose is as follows: #!/bin/bash ...
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How to insert specific lines into a file using vim?

I am using vim for both programming and competitive coding. Now, since I want to insert specific macros whenever I open a source file when I am doing competitive coding. I just copy paste the entire ...
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How to update a date in a file if applicable and increment the last digit by one if one writes to the file using Vim?

Aim The aim is to update a number in a file if one writes to a file using Vim. If the date resides in the file the date part should be left unchanged, but the last digit needs to be incremented by ...
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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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vi commandline, goto line and column

I have been mixing the use of emacs and vi (vim) for a long time. Each of them has its advantage. I parse error output from a compilation like process and get a line and column number but I can only ...
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Vim mappings stop working

Some of my Vim mappings have stopped working, even though :map <keys> shows that the mapping has been registered. One example is map <S-CR> O<Esc> in my .vimrc, which does not work ...
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YouCompleteMe vim extension: How to jump to next error?

Is there any way when using the YouCompleteMe vim extension to jump to the next point in the file with an error? I find myself just scrolling through the page until I find the error highlight, but ...
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console vim in screen session: remap Ctrl-Shift-Left, Ctrl-Shift-Right to not delete lines

I have my gvim setup so that I can select word-wise with Ctrl-Shift-Right, Ctrl-Shift-Left etc. (yes, I know it's a bad habit, but it works for me..). Unfortunately, these key combinations delete ...