I am searching a pattern with /pattern starting from a random line number ln1. Sometimes I kept on going with n without realizing that I completed searching the whole file.

Given the premise, I would like vim to print a message similar to something like search 1 loop completed, once I reach ln1.

How can I edit my .vimrc to add this feature?

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    Isn't 'search hit BOTTOM, continuing at TOP' enough for you ? Otherwise, you'll need to reprogram n to register the first use and detect when you cycle. Is it worth it? Jan 30, 2017 at 14:52
  • @LucHermitte I think the second option is worth the keystrokes.
    – Sathyam
    Jan 30, 2017 at 14:54

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Check if you have s in :set shortmess?. By default it shouldn't be there I think. If you happen to have it there, then add to .vimrc:

set shortmess-=s

Also see :h 'shortmess'

  • My shortmess=filnxtToO. I am a bit lost, does the exclusion of s in shortmess will let me print a message one I reached where I start?
    – Sathyam
    Jan 30, 2017 at 15:10
  • This won't notify you when you reach the start, but the end of file - a cheap replacement that is already built into Vim. If you don't see that message and don't have s in shortmess, then you probably have a plugin or something mapped to n that overwrites default behaviour. Check what will be printed when you issue command map n? I have vim-interestingwords plugin that sets it's mapping on n, so I don't have s in shortmess variable and still no message displayed at the bottom of the file.
    – grodzik
    Jan 31, 2017 at 7:50
  • After map n, I get No mapping found. In my vim, there is a message printed similar to search hit bottom before search starts from the top, but I was specifically looking for a way to notify me when search reach its starting point.
    – Sathyam
    Jan 31, 2017 at 9:18

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