Following this good piece of advice, I have added these lines to my .vimrc.

augroup AutoSaveFolds
  autocmd BufWinLeave * mkview
  autocmd BufWinEnter * silent loadview
augroup END

It does work and my folds are saved. But I get this error now each time I open a unnamed buffer with;


or each time I navigate to help with

:tabhelp vim<cr>

with the following message:

Error detected while processing BufWinEnter Auto commands for "*":
E32: No file name

Why do I get this?
How to prevent it while still getting my folds automately saved?

  • I have no any idea why you needed to use tabs in vim, but i think that error arise when you create an unnamed buffer. Just try to open new tab like this ':tabnew ~/.vimrc' no any errors, if that file exactly exist. Check the doc vimdoc.sourceforge.net/htmldoc/starting.html#:mkview
    – Alex Kroll
    Oct 8, 2017 at 21:29

1 Answer 1


Switching to ?* as the regex will no longer match empty file names. I actually recommend you switch to the following, which is a corresponding block of .vimrc that has been tweaked to suppress many of the errors you are likely to encounter when following the referenced advice.

augroup AutoSaveGroup
  " view files are about 500 bytes
  " bufleave but not bufwinleave captures closing 2nd tab
  " nested is needed by bufwrite* (if triggered via other autocmd)
  " BufHidden for compatibility with `set hidden`
  autocmd BufWinLeave,BufLeave,BufWritePost,BufHidden,QuitPre ?* nested silent! mkview!
  autocmd BufWinEnter ?* silent! loadview
augroup end

The BufWritePost event (+ nested) can be left out if you prefer, though you will experience no penalty for leaving it in.

Furthermore, I use

set viewoptions=folds,cursor
set sessionoptions=folds
  • 2
    Works perfectly, with nice additional tweaking options and explanations. Cheers :)
    – iago-lito
    Oct 9, 2017 at 12:31
  • This appears to work perfectly with tabs. This might be a nice addition to the vim wikia site.
    – Jay Dorsey
    Oct 31, 2018 at 16:44
  • FWIW automatically restoring folds this way has caused some confusion for folks who are tweaking fold settings and not seeing any changes
    – D. Ben Knoble
    Jul 12, 2021 at 15:28

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