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I recently went through and cleaned up my vimrc. In so doing, I inadvertently removed some code or a plugin that inserted a bluish > character at the end of lines that were truncated because they were wider than the buffer.

The only option I have now related wrapping is set nowrap. Which option is responsible for showing visual indication that a line has been truncated?

The mg editor shows a $ at the right edge of a truncated line, as well as the left edge (mg always shows the leftmost part of "inactive" lines regardless of cursor position). Is there a way to mimic this behavior when scrolling horizontally?

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    "Cleaning up" is not exactly the same thing as "destroying". – romainl Nov 13 '16 at 10:17
  • @romainl The listchars thing ended up being hidden away in the vim-sensible plugin, which I got rid of. – Gregory Nisbet Nov 13 '16 at 16:28
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From vim help (:h listchars) :

extends:c      Character to show in the last column, when 'wrap' is
               off and the line continues beyond the right of the
               screen.
precedes:c     Character to show in the first column, when 'wrap'
               is off and there is text preceding the character
               visible in the first column.

So the following will set this characters:

set listchars=extends:>,precedes:<

Change them to your desired character and you could colorize them with following highlighting group:

hi NonText guifg=#ffffff ctermfg=gray

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