When I run yapf on my code, an error page appears, rightly showing the error I have in the code. How on earth do I close this window and go back to my code? :lclose doesn't work. :close closed the whole tab, including my code. :q closes the whole tab again. How can I close this error tab?

I am running gVim 8. Thank you in advance.

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    Have you tried :cclose?
    – garyjohn
    Aug 8, 2017 at 3:14
  • can you show a screenshot of the error pane that has been opened (since it seems that neither :lclose nor :cclose work for you). Aug 9, 2017 at 6:03

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It's aquickfix window, and you can close it with the command :cclose.

The above is rubbish, and I apologise for answering too hastily.

All the yapf plugins I found seem to work by replacing your entire file contents with the result of running the yapf command. (This is expected functionality, as yapf is a code formatter.)

You should be able to go back simply by pressing u to undo the changes that the command you ran has made to your code.

  • It doesn't close the window :( nothing happens when I do <code>:cclose</code> Any idea why?
    – Ali
    Aug 9, 2017 at 3:36
  • @Ali It's because it's not a quickfix window! See my edited answer for a solution that is more likely to work. If it doesn't work, then let me know what plugin or command you're using to invoke yapf from Vim.
    – Rich
    Aug 9, 2017 at 8:38
  • Thanks @Rich. It works fine. You saved me a lot of headache. Thank you very much.
    – Ali
    Aug 9, 2017 at 21:32

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