There is any solution to highlight the entire line where a mark has been inserted (e.g. with command ma)?

The best could be to have marked each mark with a different color of choice.

Any idea?


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    AFAIK there's no way to do this natively, but it sounds like a fun plugin to write. If there's no answers on this after several hours I'll take a stab at it and update here.
    – Tumbler41
    Apr 4, 2017 at 15:12
  • btw, a gist could be that each time one set a mark ( ma, mb, mc, etc.), a different (transparent) color is take to highlight the marked line, or just use a fixed sequence of colors or just a unique color... :) Apr 4, 2017 at 15:21

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I created a plugin that I think does what you want.

If you want to change the colors that it uses simply define g:highlightMarks_colors in your vimrc as a list of colors (either names or RGB strings).

I welcome any feedback you have.

Screenshot as example:

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  • Fantastic! Minor change: I would prefer color on ALL the line (not just covering text), see line 16 of this screenshot: scontent.xx.fbcdn.net/v/t31.0-8/… BTW, for cursorline at line 16 I use: autocmd InsertLeave,WinEnter * set cursorline 356 autocmd InsertEnter,WinLeave * set nocursorline In that way the mark would be more visible. Easy to modify? Thanks @Tumbler41 Apr 5, 2017 at 10:54
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    Hmm... I think the only way to do that is with signs. Those are line based, so I'd be worried they'd get un-synced with the mark. I'll play around a little and update if I get anything useful.
    – Tumbler41
    Apr 5, 2017 at 14:33
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    Updated with the option to use signs. Put let g:highlightMarks_useSigns = 1 in your vimrc. (Also fixed two small bugs)
    – Tumbler41
    Apr 5, 2017 at 18:20
  • Great! Exactly what I was looking for! minor side effect: the initial vertical line (on each window), but maybe is because signs enabled...isn'it? see: scontent.xx.fbcdn.net/v/t31.0-8/… can I avoid the line? Note 1: I'll do some test with g:highlightMarks_colors (transparency and I'll try to contribute to your github repo). Note 2: :RemoveMarkHighlights is perfect for me. Thanks for your effort! Apr 6, 2017 at 9:00
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    Yup, it's a side effect of using signs. If you look at the documentation, you'll see I mention that. It's one of the reasons I left signs as an option and not just the new way to do it. Unfortunately, I think that's the only way to get the full line highlighting like you want.
    – Tumbler41
    Apr 6, 2017 at 14:29

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