I'm using a combination of buffers and splits. What I want is for :bnext or :bprev (or some equivalent) not to open buffers that are already opened in some other split or tab.

Is this possible?

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    I think your question is a duplicate of this question I asked a few years ago. Note that I didn't find any satisfying answer and then realized that the problem came from my workflow and not the possiblity to skip a buffer :)
    – statox
    Commented Nov 16, 2017 at 14:36
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    It reads like a duplicate to me, too. And there's some great answers on the linked question!
    – Rich
    Commented Nov 16, 2017 at 15:47
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    set nobuflisted Commented Nov 16, 2017 at 16:04

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As an alternative, stop using :bnext / :bprev for navigation.

"Why ride a bike when you can fly?"

Just open the buffer you want where you want to open it (and how).

Behold the power of :b!:

  • Uses <tab> completion
  • Use <c-d> to list out completion
  • Use partial file name. e.g. :b foo. Works great with <tab>.
  • Globbing. e.g. :b foo*bar or :b foo/**/bar
  • Split variant of :b is :sb.
  • Also accepts a buffer number
  • A common mapping: nnoremap <leader>b :ls<cr>:b<space>

Using :b / :sb will allow you to simply open the buffer you want. No more cycling. No more worrying about the buffer list (:set hidden). This often leads to simpler window layouts, because you do not feel like you need to "store" a buffer in some split because it is tedious to find it again.

  • Actually i just have a buffer on right side which is mostly terminal and have like 2-3 hidden buffers. So while my terminal is there i just use <tab> <s-tab> bindings to quickly go back and forth with the keys if i hape a lot of buffers i mostly use ctrlp in buffer mode
    – nikoss
    Commented Nov 16, 2017 at 20:28
  • LOL you anwer to "how can I ride my bicycle this way" is don't ride a bicycle, ride a motorcycle instead.
    – Eric
    Commented Feb 12, 2023 at 15:28

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