I was wondering what's the purpose of .viminfo and .netrwhist files?


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You can see that here:

:h viminfo

If you exit Vim and later start it again, you would normally lose a lot of information. The viminfo file can be used to remember that information, which enables you to continue where you left off.

:h .netrwhist

The file ".netrwhist" holds history when netrw (and vim) is not active.

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