Every time I access the filesystem using:

  • :tabe dirname (e.g.: :tabe .)
  • :vsp dirname
  • :sp dirname

in order to open some file while editing another one, I lose the mouse support inside the Vim session.

I'm running Vim 7.3.346 inside a fresh install of Debian Wheezy, using xterm.

I've tested with the minimal settings for Vim, for example with this .vimrc:

set nocp
set showmatch
set ts=4
set shiftwidth=4
set expandtab
set foldmethod=syntax
syntax on
set autoindent
set smartindent
set mouse=a
set encoding=utf-8
set fileencoding=utf-8

Is there any solution, or a patch to a bug for this version of Vim?

Update: At work this problem has never happened, the computers and servers we have are:

  • Ubuntu 10.04.3, Vim 7.2.330
  • SUSE Linux Enterprise Server 11, Vim 7.2.108
  • Red Hat Enterprise Linux Server release 6.0, Vim 7.2.411

Should this be a problem of Vim 7.3?

  • If you issue set mouse=a again after such a "breaking command", can you use the mouse again or is it permanently broken?
    – bitmask
    Commented Dec 9, 2011 at 1:37
  • No, it keeps on working without any response to the mouse.
    – nozimica
    Commented Dec 9, 2011 at 2:10

1 Answer 1


If you are still using version 7.3.346, then I found an useful setting:

set ttymouse=xterm2

with it, I haven't had the problem at least for a relatively short time of testing.

This bug was reported, and should have been fixed with version 7.3.363-1.


Debian Wheezy has upgraded its version of Vim to 7.3.363, and the problem seems to be solved.

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