In MacVim I'm using Conque to run bash commands inside Vim. I have a problem with the text navigation while using Conque.

If I'm at the end of a line of text and press down Alt I skip a word to the left, if I then press the cursor moves back to after the word I skipped. How do I solve this?

Here you can see that I first move a few characters using and then Alt to move to the start of the word. Then when I press I get back to where I were.

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  • I actually don't get this question as written - what do you want to happen... or... what should the alt key be doing? Jul 26, 2014 at 12:32
  • After I've pressed Alt and then press , the marker should continue before Documents/ and not move back to where it was before I pressed Alt . Just like how it works inside the regular terminal. Jul 26, 2014 at 13:03
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    Actually you don't go back to where you were : You where at EOL-3 before Alt then you go to EOL-4 after pressing . So what I understand here is the Alt has not been "seen" either by bash or Conque. May be a problem with the escape sequence. I suggest you open a bug on Conque issue tracker.
    – frntn
    Jul 31, 2014 at 10:50
  • On a side note try vimshell. And if you other plugins from shougo then vimshell works really well. Aug 4, 2014 at 17:32
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    What version of Conque are you using?
    – slm
    Oct 6, 2014 at 19:07

2 Answers 2


I would consider filing a bug report. In the meantime, why not letting bash behave more vi-like? Issue set -o vi to use vi navigation in bash.


I've added this as an issue on the Conque website, here:


I thought this is what is documented as Known bugs:

  • Conque only supports the extended ASCII character set for input, not utf-8. - VT100 escape sequence support is not complete.
  • Alt/Meta key support in Vim isn't great in general, and conque is no exception. Pressing Esc+Esc+x or Esc+M-x instead of M-x works in most cases.

I haven't used Conque, but just curious, does Alt+b and Alt+f help you navigate backwards and forwards words, respectively?

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