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The TERM environment variable is a way that you, the user, can tell programs (e.g., emacs, grep, less, ls, and vim) what kind of terminal they are running on, so they will know its parameters, including what capabilities it has and what escape sequences they need to issue to access them.  This exists because it’s too hard, in general, for the software to ...


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I can think of several ways, besides changing the colors, to make the cursor easier to find. One could toggle the cursorcolumn or the cursorline on and off or set them permanently on. With my favorite colorschemes, this can either be not enough of a hint or it can be too ugly to bear. Another solution is to toggle search highlighting – off with :se nohls ...



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