I've created a macro to add a piece of code.
The macro runs fine.
But when added to .vimrc, it reports error.
(The macro becomes weird when paste here.)
let @p='iprocess (clk, resetn)
if (resetn = '0') then

€kbelse€kbif (clk'event and clk = '1') then

€kbend if;
€kbend if;

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    Your problem comes from the way you entered the special characters. You can try to use this command: call setreg('p', "iprocess (clk, resetn)^M€kbbegin^Mif (resetn = '0') then^M") note that the ^M should be added by pressing <C-v><CR> in insert mode to enter the keycode of the return key.
    – statox
    Jan 26, 2018 at 12:01
  • Great! Calll setreg is working.
    – Fisher
    Jan 26, 2018 at 14:54

1 Answer 1


The way you initialize has two flaws:

First, it is usually better to use setreg() to set the value of a register, it is more robust than let @X = and allows you to choose the type of the register (characterwise, linewise, blockwise)

Second, your string contains the keycode of some key (e.g. ^M for <CR>). I guess that you recorded your macro and tried to get what you recorded and that's what caused the problem. In your vimrc you need to write the following:

call setreg('p',  "iprocess (clk, resetn)^M€kbbegin^Mif (resetn = '0') then^M")

where ^M is not entered manually but is entered by pressing Ctrl+v then Enter this allows you to write the keycode of the key which setreg() can then interpret properly. Note that you should do that with the others special keys like <Esc> for example.

Edit As mentioned by @Rich in the comments using \<CR> inside a double quoted string is arguably more robust than <C-v><CR>.


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    Yes, macro content was pasted by <C-r><C-r>a. Normally I'll not manually edit the register content. It's great to know the details about ^M. Thanks a lot!
    – Fisher
    Jan 26, 2018 at 15:16
  • Might be worth mentioning that, inside a double-quote string, \<CR> can be used instead of CTRL-V Enter? It's arguably more robust, especially when copy/pasting answers from SE sites!
    – Rich
    Jan 26, 2018 at 16:08

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