Solution is in fact, setting the option
Problem on setting this in the
/usr/share/vim/vim80/defaults.vim as the accepted answer says, is that it will be overwritten on every update. I searched a long time and ended up on this one:
The Solution in first way is to use local .vmrc files and set it there.
So you could create a local .vimrc (
~/.vimrc) for every user and set your options there. Or create one in
/etc/skel so it will be automatically created for every new user you create.
But when you use local .vmrc files, you have to set all options there, because if there is a local
defaults.vim doesn't get loaded at all! And if there is no local
.vimrc all your settings are beeing overwritten from
I did want a global configuration for all users, which loads the default options and then adds or overwrites the defaults with my personal settings. Luckily there is an option for that in Debian: The
/etc/vim/vimrc.local will be loaded after the
/etc/vim/vimrc. So you can create this file and let the defaults being loaded, prevent them from being loaded again (at the end) and then add your personal options:
Please create the following file:
" This file loads the default vim options at the beginning and prevents
" that they are being loaded again later. All other options that will be set,
" are added, or overwrite the default settings. Add as many options as you
" whish at the end of this file.
" Load the defaults
" Prevent the defaults from being loaded again later, if the user doesn't
" have a local vimrc (~/.vimrc)
let skip_defaults_vim = 1
" Set more options (overwrites settings from /usr/share/vim/vim80/defaults.vim)
" Add as many options as you whish
" Set the mouse mode to 'r'
$VIMRUNTIME used in the above snippet has a value like
If you also want to enable the "old copy/paste behaviour", add the following lines at the end of that file as well:
" Toggle paste/nopaste automatically when copy/paste with right click in insert mode:
let &t_SI .= "\<Esc>[?2004h"
let &t_EI .= "\<Esc>[?2004l"
inoremap <special> <expr> <Esc>[200~ XTermPasteBegin()