Still related to the previous question, but switching mode with exe "a" doesn't seem to work, I still have to press the a button manually

Here upon opening a newly created a file, a template is in use and the cursor will be moved to the right position, then erase the tag, and switch to the appending (editing) mode.

function LoadFile()
  0r ~/.vim/skel/tmpl.%:e
  exe "normal /<CURSOR>\<Cr>"
  exe "s#<CURSOR>##"
  exe "a"

autocmd! BufNewFile * silent! call LoadFile()

Any ideas?

  • You might want to link to "the previous question" so it is clear what you are refrring to (if it is relevant to this question)... – jasonwryan Mar 27 '13 at 8:12
  • @jasonwryan added – daisy Mar 27 '13 at 8:27
  • :help startinsert – Runium Mar 27 '13 at 9:08
  • Add d% ot df> after the \<Cr> there. You don't need exe for the other ones mine was just to expand \<Cr>. I'm not sure it's even necessary there. – Stéphane Chazelas Mar 27 '13 at 9:53

First, that would be :normal! a instead of :exe "a"; this is a normal-mode command.

Second, for implementation reasons, that does not work; you have to use the special :startinsert! command.

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