On the righthand side of my vim status line it says "Obtaining ../" and is highlighted yellow. Why does it say this?

The results of :set are:

--- Options ---
  cpoptions=BceFs     history=1000        incsearch         nomodeline            pastetoggle=<F2>    ruler               shiftwidth=4        tabstop=4           ttymouse=xterm2
  helplang=en         ignorecase          laststatus=2        number              report=10000        scroll=30           smartcase           ttyfast
  formatprg=astyle -A2T4pDU
  statusline=%f %h%m%r%=%9*Obtaining ../
  • try vim -V1 to see what's going on and check the status line plugins you installed
    – number5
    Sep 29, 2014 at 23:59
  • I have not installed any plugins (other than what comes with the default install) Sep 30, 2014 at 0:02
  • try vim -u None (which means run without any config) to see if "Obtaining ../" still there. You might also want to post your vim version and your OS so others might be able to help
    – number5
    Sep 30, 2014 at 0:08
  • OS is Debian linux. I think I may have accidentally pressed one of the keys on the numeric key pad to cause it. I know I can probably get rid of it by restarting, but I don't want to get rid of it. I want to know why it is there in the first place. Sep 30, 2014 at 0:17

2 Answers 2


I found that this happens when I enter netrw (with :Explore, for example) and press O on a file, it attempts to "obtain" this file resulting in an error message and this text being appended to my status line. I haven't found a way to get rid of it other than to use :set, copy out the normal status line, and re-set my status line to the proper one without "Obtaining". Hopefully that helps.


The answer lies in two lines from your given :set output:

statusline=%f %h%m%r%=%9*Obtaining ../

Somewhere, your statusline is being altered to contain Obtaining ../. Unless this is a stock vim thing (which I doubt, or at least don't recognise as being so), one of those directories will contain the responsible file.

Alas, we do not have access to the files on your machine, and hence a more exact reason may be something only you can determine.

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