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I am running Vim version 8.0.563 on Solaris and when I run Vim, the CtrlV block selection works as expected, I type ^V and move the cursor and a block of text is highlighted by columns. So far, so good.

Meanwhile, for another user running Vim from my directory with my .vimrc file, this does not work. The ^V is ignored and moving the cursor, moves the cursor but nothing is highlighted. Regular v, block mode works but the ^V column block mode is broken.

I tried entering:

vim --noplugin -u /dev/null

and it acts the same. I checked the shared libraries and they are the same. I tried clearing out (almost) all the environment variables, still no joy.

Does anybody have any good ideas of what is wrong or something else to try?

Thank you in advance.

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  • Or would I do well to repost this over in the VI/VIM area? There are lots of VIM questions here but nobody has commented. If I ask a C question, I get answers in seconds. I guess I'll wait a few days and see how it goes. – user1683793 Apr 21 '17 at 20:55
  • Does the ctrl-v alternative ctrl-q work? See :help ctrl-v-alterantive. – Habi Apr 22 '17 at 12:55
  • I have the same thing happening. Neither Ctrl-V or Ctrl-Q work – Bob Bryan Apr 22 '17 at 23:06
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    Are you sure it is not working or is it perhaps just not displaying the highlighting correct? – Christian Brabandt Apr 25 '17 at 6:26
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    Could it be the terminal intercepting the "ctrl-v"? Can you try "CTRL-V" "CTRL-V"? – Christian Brabandt Apr 25 '17 at 18:25

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