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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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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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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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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 .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 ...
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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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How to automatically refresh Vim on buffer/window focus?

I often use Control+L to redraw the screen in Vim. In particular, when I come out of sleep or change monitor configurations I often find that Vim needs to be redrawn. I thought it might be simpler to ...
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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-format files, and I have to run them through dos2unix to clean them. (I ...
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vim custom pop up menu

How do I create a custom completion pop up menu. I would like to be able to begin typing a part of a string then press a custom key combination to bring up a pop up completion of just a certain group ...
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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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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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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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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. ...
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show part of wraped lines in vim instead of hiding it with the @ character

I use vim not only for coding but also for text writing. In this context I use the wrap and linebreak options to wrap my text. Since lines - forming paragraphs in text writing - can be very long a ...
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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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cursor position after pasting in vi / vim

One thing that has always bothered me in vi / vim: If I "yank" (a.k.a. "copy") some text, then move to another place in the file and do a "paste", my cursor remains at the beginning of the text I ...
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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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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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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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In vim, search backwards for matching braces/parens

As most of you probably know, you can use % to search forwards on the line to find the next paired brace/bracket/paren and move to its matched partner: |a|rray[index] = value; " |e| is the cursor; ...
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What is this view in vim?

What is this view in vim called, and what is it for? Somehow when I type colon to enter a command in vim I accidentally bring up a view that looks like this. But I can't get it to happen ...
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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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mutt: how to display emoji characters correctly?

I'd like to be able to see emoji characters properly in mutt, but e.g. đź’— shows up as ^J in mutt's pager. Running :set pager=view and re-opening the message displays the character correctly with ...
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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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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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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 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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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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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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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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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 ...