I opened a file using vim on Ubuntu, and the following is displayed at the bottom of the screen:

"file.py" [noeol] 553L, 16620C

What does noeol indicate?


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Unix editors like vi and vim will always put newlines (\n) at the end of every line - especially including the last line. If there is no end-of-line (eol) on the last line, then it is an unusual situation and the file most certainly was not created by a standard UNIX editor.

This unusual situation is brought to your notice by the [noeol] flag in the vim editor; other editors probably have similar flags and notifications.


That the last line in the file doesn't have a newline (\n)

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    @Bon Ami: Some programs, when reading your text file, need the \n at the end of line to consider it as a completed line (with a trailing newline char). The following example shows a file which may look like a complete line at a casual glance in a text editor, but wc does not condider it as a line: printf "x">"file-no-newline"; wc -l <"file-no-newline" -- Outpute is: 0 .. the noeol is just a visual aid to let you know the status..
    – Peter.O
    Feb 16, 2012 at 4:50

This means the OS where you viewing the file is not able to detect the line-ending of the file (if the file has any at all). Sometimes this happenes when you move file(s) across OSes(i,e.. from MS to *nix os)

In vim, if the file has windows carriage return "^M", you can fix it with the following command in vim:



%      => select the whole buffer
s      => substitute
/^M/   => find Windows carriage return.
/\r/   => replace it with *nix carriage return

Note: in Mac OX, ^M is ctl+v && ctrl+m


Its 'NO EOL' - no end of line indicator. Very helpful if you end up opening a very large file (>1GB). Vim tries to pull all that in 1 line. This indicator helps me quickly close the file before it screws up my OS.

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    I'm pretty sure that that's not what this flag means...
    – fouric
    May 2, 2015 at 4:00

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