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I want to hide the buffer list from the command area - the list doesn't need to be always visible as it can be viewed with a command eg :ls.

The behavior would be similar to set nobl but global and without affecting :bn / :bp. So like set noshowmode for the buffer list. :silent looked promising but doesn't seem to persist when switching buffers. The buffer list is also suppressed for a few seconds after executing a : command.

What setting can be added to .vimrc to permanently hide the buffer list?


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    I don't understand what you mean with bufferlist in the command area. Can you share a screenshot? I believe you are using a plugin that you don't really need. – Christian Brabandt Dec 14 '16 at 15:16
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    I'll be surprised if it was not related to a plugin. It looks like the consequence of a buf explorer plugin – Luc Hermitte Dec 14 '16 at 23:26
  • Disabling .vimrc does indeed remove the behavior so this must be a plugin. – nik Dec 15 '16 at 0:03
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I had accidentally copy-pasted an unwanted plugin into my .vimrc

bling/vim-bufferline

Removing this plugin fixed the problem.

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If you have bling/vim-bufferline installed, you can disable the echoing of the buffer line to command line, by setting:

let g:bufferline_echo = 0

in your .vimrc. This is set to 1 by default.

Also, to hide the file mode and ruler from command line, you can just set:

set shortmess=F

in your .vimrc.

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