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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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Copy to both X11 clipboards from vim

As far as I can see, with VIM I can choose between set clipboard=unnamed - yank to X11's primary selection buffer (middle-mouse button paste) and set clipboard=unnamedplus - yank to to X11's ...
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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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Can vim display ASCII characters only, and treat other bytes as binary data?

I already know vim -b, however, depending on the locale used, it displays multi-byte characters (like UTF-8) as single letters. How can I ask vim to only display ASCII printable characters, and ...
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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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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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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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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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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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How can I make `sudo crontab -e` use my `sudoedit` environment?

I've started using sudoedit <file> instead of sudo vim <file>. One of the advantages is that it uses my local ~/.vimrc. However, when using sudo crontab -e, it uses /root/.vimrc instead. ...
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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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Negative lookbehind/ahead assertions in Linux less pager (or vim)

I want to find all instances of "index" not followed by .php in a log using less. /index(?!\.php) does not work. Is this possible? What is the regex for less and vim (do they differ?). Is this not ...
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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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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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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 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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Provide user name when using vim with scp

I was reading about SSH here http://blogs.perl.org/users/smylers/2011/08/ssh-productivity-tips.html and found that you can use vim to directly modify a file on a remote server that you can ssh into. ...
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How is `vi` Aware of the Format of Configuration Files?

When I edit configuration files in vi, it seems like vi is aware of the syntax of the file. For example, vi will color tokens one way or another depending on whether its a key or a value. ...
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How to re-run vim auto-indentation on a tex file?

I have a LaTeX source file with its indentation messed up. I am looking for a way to force vim (may be through one of vim-latex-suite commands) to re-run the automatic indentation commands over the ...
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Change colors in console/virtual terminal

Is there a way to alter all the available colors in console / virtual terminal? By console, I mean what you get after pressing CTRL + ALT + F1 and not anything like xterm or urxvt. So, I guess that ...
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Globally replace Vi with Vim on Fedora

On Debian-based systems the alternatives system handles both the vi and vim executable. So if vim is installed and you execute vi, you also get vim, which I find very nice, because I absolutely hate ...
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How to enable vim addon packages?

I have installed vim-nox as well as vim-latexsuite and vim-outliner on Ubuntu 12.10. There's nothing wrong with Vim but neither of the add-on packages does anything. What do I have to do to in order ...
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gvim pipes not reading zshrc when started from desktop

I'm using zsh as my default shell and using .zshrc to modify my environment variables. When I start gvim from terminal everything is fine however if I start gvim with the desktop icon, my env ...
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VIM jump from one xml tag to the closing one

Is there a shortcut to jump from , e.g <XX> to </XX> ? I already give it a try with '%' , but it doesn't work for this situation.
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Using vim to view the contents of a directory file

As I understand, in Linux directories are mostly normal files w/ some special handling (e.g. 'rm' a file is ok; 'rm' a dir will complain w/o -r). When I execute the following bash commands: mkdir ...
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Is it possible to run a Vim clientserver instance over SSH+tmux

I've been a vim junkie for a year or so now and I've got some great little tricks burnt in to my memory. I do a lot of development (at the office) in a terminal on Ubuntu. One of the things I value ...
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vim.googlecode.com SSL certificate change

I am building vim from source and keep having to update the SSL hostfingerprints of my ~/.hgrc file. It's getting a little silly and large – see below. The pattern is the same: run update, ...
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As we call `#!/bin/perl` 'shebang', what we call `-*- perl -*-`?

The first line of a script may be in format of #! interpreter, so the shell will execute the script using the specific interpreter. This is so called shebang or shbang. Similarly, there can be some ...
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Idle terminal safe character

I'm using iTerm2 on a Mac to do Linux work. In order to avoid losing terminal connections, I turned on "When idle, sent Ascii code". The default is 0. This works like a charm to keep connections ...
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vi[m] read range of lines from another file

On Linux, editing file_B in vim I want to add line 10-25 from file_A. Example: One has a whole set of HTML-Documents with quite the same header and yes, one could create a template and start from ...
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Can't open syntax.vim error when using vimrc

When I try to open my .bashrc file. then it shows these lines: Errordetected while processing /etc/vimrc: line 45: E848: Can't open file /usr/share/vim/vim70/syntax/syntax.vim Press ENTER or type ...
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exact match in regrex when using vim, man, or less

when using vim, man, or less, I want to do some exact match in regrex for example, when using man, I want to check the argument '-c' if I use /'-c' the matching could be -cim ...
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Why is vim creating files with DOS line endings?

I have set fileformat=unix in my .vimrc, and yet if I create a file in vim (running in Cygwin) it persists in creating DOS files, and I have to run the little cotton-pickers through dos2unix to ...
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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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Make vim / curl recognize https:// links

I recently noticed vim/vimdiff can open links (using curl, it seems), which is an awesome feature. I wanted to use it today, like this: vimdiff deps ...
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“No protocol specified” when running vim with sudo

Recently I start to get "No protocol specified" when using sudo vim. It's just a warning I guess, because everything was working normally (I can open, edit and save files). The message doesn't appear ...
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vim auto indenting even after setting noai option

I am using vim 7.2 from putty terminal. Even if I run set noai it seems vim still trying to indent code. I am copying my code from Notepad++ to vim. following is from Notepad++ and following what I ...
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Why doesn't vim ask for password when reopenning an encrypted file?

If I run Vim and then open an encrypted file it asks for the encryption password. If I close the window where the file was opened (without closing vim) and then reopen the file, the password prompt is ...
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Vim 7.3 with Lua: How do I use it?

The latest Vim release is awesome! I compiled it with --enable-luainterp=yes and it does have the Lua feature: % gvim --version | egrep '\+lua' +linebreak +lispindent +listcmds +localmap +lua +menu ...
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How can I make shell aliases available when shelling out from Vim?

In my .zshrc, I declare some aliases. Eg, which dbstart shows the contents of that alias. If I open vim from that shell, it is a child process. In Vim, I can run shell commands with :! some_command. ...