With my current knowledge, I can use commands such as autocmd FileType markdown colorscheme zen to set a colorscheme for a particular type of file.
I have a need to use a colorscheme for all those files without a suffix, e.g., no_suffix_file.

I did some research online, but didn't find relevant information.
Perhaps there is a name for this kind of file in vim, or at least a name for all the other files that are not in vim's FileType detector range.

What is it?

  • The filetype detection is not only filename, but also content depended. Is the content of your files special (distinct header, ...)? Maybe you can introduce a new filetype for your files.
    – jofel
    Jun 30, 2015 at 10:09
  • @jofel, I've got an acceptable answer in this same question on SO main-site: stackoverflow.com/questions/31129775/…
    – Zen
    Jun 30, 2015 at 10:19

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In vim :echo &ft results nothing in a file without suffix. So there isn't a type for files without suffix. But what you could do is set a default colorscheme for all files (including files without suffix) and then with autocmd set different colorscheme for files with certain types

  • It is true, that a new file has no filetype. You need to run :filetype detect or reopen to trigger the filetype detection. The filetype detection is not only filename sensitive but also uses the content of a file. In this sense, your answer is not 100% correct.
    – jofel
    Jun 30, 2015 at 10:07
  • op asked for a solution for files without suffix. I assumed that this means any kind of files without suffix.
    – aks
    Jun 30, 2015 at 10:13

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