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When using curly braces navigation, {, }, to move between paragraph, overwrites the "last jump" mark (the one accessible via ''). I would find it more useful if it left this mark untouched. Is there any way to configure vim like this?

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I asked the same question over at unix.stackexchange.com where DJMcMayhem prvoided an excellent answer:

You can use the keepjumps command. From :h :keepjumps:

                        *:keepj* *:keepjumps* :keepj[umps] {command}
        Moving around in {command} does not change the |''|,
        |'.| and |'^| marks, the |jumplist| or the
        |changelist|.
        Useful when making a change or inserting text
        automatically and the user doesn't want to go to this
        position.

So in your case, you'd want

nnoremap } :keepjumps normal! }<cr>
nnoremap { :keepjumps normal! {<cr>

Or, if you want it to work for visual mode too (which your probably do):

xnoremap } :<C-u>keepjumps normal! gv}<cr>
xnoremap { :<C-u>keepjumps normal! gv{<cr>

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