I'm using MiniBufExpl to manage buffers.

In my workflow, I usually work on one thing at a time. I'm opening some files, coding, enjoying. Then, I want to clear my workspace to start with new buffers. Today I'm doing :qa[!] and opening a new vim.

MBE provides a nice command that deletes the buffer without closing the window: :MBEbd, an improved :bdelete.

I could easily do a small vim function that takes :buffers and :MBEbd to remove every buffers. Thing is, indexes will stay the same. Yes I often use :b[N] (where N is my buffer index), this is fast with 1 to 6 buffers but becomes painful with 2 figures.

How may I reset a buffer index to improve my workflow?

A test case:


VIM - Vi IMproved 7.4 (2013 Aug 10, compiled May 9 2015 15:38:59)

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    As far as I know, you can't. There was definitely no way up through vim 7.2 - I'm not completely up to date, but I doubt one has been added since then.
    – godlygeek
    Jun 26, 2015 at 17:57
  • Do you have a technical explanation? I have the feeling that the buffer, even when deleted, is staying in memory.
    – soyuka
    Jun 27, 2015 at 18:53
  • The buffer isn't staying in memory after a :bdelete, it's just that the deleted buffer numbers are never reused. In general, Vim just won't reuse a buffer number.
    – godlygeek
    Jun 29, 2015 at 17:11
  • Is this not considered as a bug? Maybe I should ask on the mail list.
    – soyuka
    Jun 29, 2015 at 18:05
  • No, it's not a bug, it's just a feature that doesn't exist.
    – godlygeek
    Jun 29, 2015 at 21:41

1 Answer 1


You can make the process of restarting vim easier with sessions.

Save the session with :


Open a session with :

:so Session.vim

note : The buffer index will start at 2 (buffer 1 is used to source Session.vim)

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