The problem I have is, for example, when using undo (u in normal mode) or redo, sometimes the message, like

1 change; before #520  09:20:15

stays, but more often it flickers for a split second and is then erased. Then I have to go to :mess to read it.

The reason seems to be that the message is erased whenever the window is redrawn. (Because in cases when the line above isn't erased, if I resize the gVim window, it causes a redraw and the message disappears at that point.)

I think it would be better if the latest message were displayed until something else starts happening in the message/command line, as opposed to on redraw. But I can't find any pointers to help change that behaviour.

  • Probably a plugin redraw!ing, I don't think this is normal. Do you use any plugins which might be doing this?
    – Mass
    Oct 18, 2017 at 2:35
  • @Mass I moved the contents of my $VIM/plugin, $VIM/autoload, vimfiles/plugin, vimfiles/autoload directories temporarily to a different place, restarted gVim, and it's still happening. Hard to say what is causing the redraws, but it's a common event: even scrolling using the scrollbar or the mouse wheel causes a redraw. Oct 18, 2017 at 3:33
  • Sure, a resize causes a redraw. Why do you do that, if you want to read the text? Oct 18, 2017 at 5:35
  • @ChristianBrabandt The aim is for the text to remain visible after redraw. Oct 18, 2017 at 9:25
  • There is no way around it. You might want to check lazyredraw option, but I doubt this will work. Once you resize the Vim window, it must be redrawn. Oct 18, 2017 at 12:38

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Not really what you want but you can still redirect messages to a split with such a command:

:redir @">|silent messages|redir END|split|put

Just map it to a shortcut that suits you.

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