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vim: Can I make *only* y perform a copy?

I'm learning to like vim, but one thing that I haven't yet fully embraced is the copy and paste situation. In a muggle text editor I would Ctrl-C copy a piece of text and then edit/delete and then ...
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why does cygwin and putty write a tilde on its own? [on hold]

I would like to know how can I stop cygwin and putty writing a tilde on its own. When I use vim with these programs on windows 7 I get this annoying tilde written.
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What is the historical origin of CTRL + P for up and CTRL + N for down?

I am a moderately experienced vim user, who is now beginning to use GNU emacs. At about the same time as I learned that Ctrl-p and Ctrl-n are the default for up and down in emacs, I also learned they ...
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In Vim , how can I copy from several lines? (not a range);

Assume I have 1 - funct1 2- funct 2 3 - funct 3 4 line 4 how can I copy line 1 and 3 (not a range of lines) and paste them, for example at line 8? If I do this in way with | arg like ( 1y|3y), I ...
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Turn NumLock on on startup?

I usually edit in Vim,and when pressing +, I'd rather move my hand to the right part of the keyboard where + resides rather than doing shift + =. But when NumLock is not on, in Vim it just opens a ...
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Vim keep showing error message about color scheme for no reason

Error detected while processing /usr/share/vim/vim74/syntax/synload.vim line 19: E185: Cannot find color scheme 'MyColor' Those lines of errors keep yelling about cannot find color scheme. But, ...
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What's the recommended way of copying changes with vimdiff?

When comparing files, and updating a source code repository, I like to use vimdiff. To copy changes made from one file to the other, I usually use a key sequence like this:- Shift + V (select line) k ...
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Why vim is pasting 50 lines instead of 96?

I had a file of 96 lines i selected all lines and paste with vim in new file but..paste only first 50 lines. What to check? I see this only on newest version of vim on slackware-current,the old 14.1 ...
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sed regular expression behaving differently than in vim and perl?

Here's a sample 'test.txt' abcdX1yad45das abcdX2fad45das abcdX3had45das abcdX4wad45das abcdX5mad45das sample desired output: X1yad X2fad X3had X4wad X5mad I could get it working in vim with: :% ...
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How do I prevent vim from automatically editing my input?

Sometimes I copy/paste from one .cpp to another in vim, and vim, confident that it knows what I want to do better than me, edits my entry. For example, if I copy/paste this: // A comment. Some(code); ...
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Terminal colors for Vim Airline and Tmux Tmuxline

When using Vim on its own with Vundle and Airline the theme appears normally: When I have loaded it up in Tmuxline, the theme uses different colors and even Vim looks different: Here's my Tmux ...
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Vim saved file not updating on webpage

I am attempting to update an HTML file on my server, but when I do so it doesn't appear to be updating, but rather, serves an old copy instead. I went through the usual process of pressing :w and ...
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Different vim colors and styles in Tmux and Gnome

I am using tmux, and recently found out that the same vim colorshemes inside and outside of tmux have different colors Left is tmux in gnome-terminal, right is plain gnome-terminal, gnome-terminal ...
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Edit columnar data in vim

Data Name Age Madhavan 29 saravana<Tab Press> ! How can i edit this data in vim in a tabular fashion? When i press tab key from column 1 in row 3, ...
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Using accents in Vim seamlessly

Very often I need to write text/program in foreign languages that need accents and special characters in vim, but sometimes it is very hard to get that working. What are the best alternatives to ...
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Terminal and Vim

I open a terminal then I open Vim. Then I work on my source code, but unfortunately I click on the close button of the terminal title bar and my work is lost. Is it possible to configure Vim such that ...
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Preserve modified time stamp after edit

For files within a specific folder, I would like vim to never touch "modified" timestamp at all. The background is that I use Bloxsom for blogging, which uses plain text files in ~/bloxsom as source ...
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How to Execute !gvim current line in Viewer?

Code find-xargs(less)-gvim %http://unix.stackexchange.com/a/277889/16920 find . -name "*.tex" -exec grep -il "agent" {} + | less -s -M +Gg Output ./InfectiousDiseases/1.4.2016.tex ...
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What is meant by a shell is in “vi” mode or “emacs” mode?

This question follows directly from the answer. In this case I am specifically unable to understand the part which says: In that regard, its behaviour is closer to emacs' than with ...
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Send-keys across tmux panes in vim in Cygwin is painfully slow

I am using vimux or vim-tbone to send code to an interpreter in another pane. It works fine with any shell, but I can't get it to work properly in windows. I can't have a VM, so I use cygwin at work ...
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What is `^M` and how do I get rid of it?

When I open the file in vim I am seeing strange ^M characters. Unfortunately, the world's favorite search engine does not do well with special characters in queries, so I'm asking here: What is ...
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Open multiple files from ranger in vim

When I highlight multiple files in ranger from the same dir, I can open them all in vim with r and than 0 or @ and than add vim. But if I highlight files from different dirs, than this doesn't work. ...
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OpenLayers autocompletion with Tern

I use Tern with Vim and a plugin called YouCompleteMe. I develop principally with two JavaScript libraries: jQuery and OpenLayers. The first one is already supported by Tern. OpenLayers is not. In ...
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ack executed through vim

I am trying to execute ack from vim. But for some reason vim decides to stop after executing ack. How can I stop vim from stopping? (on some systems what I call ack is called ack-grep) What I am ...
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Tmux is not able to distinguish between insert and shift-insert

Insert when in xterm, gives ^[[2~ and, Shift+Insert gives ^[[2;1~ All this is good until I start tmux. Note that the $TERM variable remains the same, so this issue should not be related to ...
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How do I add a vim configuration to a user who is restricted to a specific directory?

So basically, I have created a user that only has access to a specific folder with: useradd --home /some/dir username Now what I would like to do is add my vim configuration to this user's "home" ...
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problem editing utf8 text file with vim

I have a problem editing a html file on a server via vim. The file is utf-8 encoded. While editing with vim (v7.3, no plugins active) I can see umlauts and editing and saving a line before the umlaut ...
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Execute a command in zsh vim mode

In zsh in vim mode, I write something foo foo bar bar Then I hit Esc to go in normal mode and type : foo foo bar bar execute: _ Then, I assume I can do that, I want to search and replace bar ...
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vim + tmux: some shortcuts broken?

When I am using vim inside of tmux, some of my shortcuts are broken. E.g. I have bound Ctrl + up/down and Shift + up/down in my .vimrc and when I'm running vim inside of tmux these shortcuts do not ...
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shell commands with quotation marks in ranger

I like to open the highlighted file in ranger in split of remote vim session. :shell vim --remote-send "<C-\><C-n>:vsp %d/%f<CR>" Rather than file ...
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Can't install vim in fedora 20

When I tried to install VIM in fedora 20, appear this message below How can I fix this problem?
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vim: map capital 'Y' in .vimrc does not work

If I try to map capital 'Y' in my vimrc, this is getting ignored. For example, if I put something like nmap Y :w<CR> in my vimrc, this has no effect. However if I run vim and I enter :nmap Y ...
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How to turn off permanent highlighting of all braces (not just pairs) in vim [closed]

I have no idea how I modified vim such that all braces are highlighted, not just matching ones, but I want to turn it off now. How do I do that? The usual highlighting of matching braces works fine.
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In vi/vim, how do I append to a file instead of overwriting it?

I know I can write to a file by simply doing :w <file>. I would like to know though how can I write to a file by appending to it instead of overwriting it. Example use case: I want to take some ...
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Copy path from vim netrw

I use vim's netrw to explore some files. How can I copy the absolute path of the currently selected directory in netrw to a register and use it to paste into another buffer?
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Two different versions of VIM

When I install just about any distribution of linux it's accompanied with an unorthodox version of vi. I most recently dealt with this on Ubuntu 14.04. I can vi a file but a number of the "hot" keys ...
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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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Why does insert-mode map “<F4>” unpredictably inserts itself or executes intended key strokes?

In Vim 7.3.1-762, mintty 1.1.2 (xterm), cygwin, Windows XP, the insert-mode map <F4> executes the intended key strokes at one time but inserts itself at another time. This undeterministic ...
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How do I insert the current filename into the contents in Vim?

After some searching, I got to know :echo @% displays the current filename in the bottom line of vim-screen. I would like to dump the filename (with and without full path) into the contents of the ...
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How do I quit from Vi?

I started Vi on my Ubuntu machine. However I don't know Vi, and now I can not quit. I see the editor and I can write text, at the bottom line there is a label "recording". How do I quit from Vi?
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How to use vim-slime from within a single tmux session?

I'm trying to integrate ipython and vim through a single tmux session using the popular vim plugin "vim-slime." The problem is that while I can get it to work fine provided that vim is opened in a ...
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Vim interface on web browser input fields?

I am looking for a browser plugin which inputs textin of input boxes with the same keyboard interface of the Vim text editor. I have adopted Vimium which makes general navigation much more effective, ...
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How to fix the shifted function keys in vim in xterm in gnome-terminal?

When I hit the <s-f2> key to execute my nnoremap <s-f2> :set number! mapping Vim opens its "Insert" mode above (O) and types the 1;2Q string. In order to see the entire terminal key code – ...
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No syntax highlighting when editing crontab

I am trying to figure out why I don't have syntax highlighting when editing my crontab. I have both $EDITOR and $VISUAL set to /usr/bin/vim: > echo $EDITOR /usr/bin/vim > echo $VISUAL ...
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Are cygwin vim commands different than normal vim?

I am unable to edit text files using vim in cygwin. I have to press i many times to insert text. Sometimes it works and sometimes doesn't. Whenever I move cursor up down I have to press I many times. ...
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vi replacing characters on file opening

Whenever I open an existing file with vim, the first non-blank character in one of the lines gets replaced with a g. I am a beginner with vim and I might have entered a command by mistake (since I ...
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Delete from cursor to end of line on VI

I know I've probably looked over this a million times in all the VI documents I've read, but I can't seem to find the delete from cursor to end of line command.
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Vim not loading color scheme file at all

I have exactly same two CentOS 6 boxes. Trying to install vim and enable color scheme file. Same thing, same vim versions used but the color scheme works in one machine and not in other. Here are ...
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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. 💗 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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How to automatically strip trailing spaces on save in Vi and Vim?

Is there a .vimrc setting to automatically remove trailing whitespace when saving a file? Ideally (to be safe) I would like to only have this functionality for certain files, e.g. *.rb