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As a test, I have created a one line .vimrc file and have an empty .vim/ directory. The .vimrc file is:

nnoremap <leader>fed :e ~/vimrc.test<CR> | echom "opening vimrc . . ."

On vim startup, it displays the opening vimrc text, then waits for input.

Is this expected behavior?

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You need a backslash before your pipe \| in order for it all to be considered part of the nnoremap command. Also, you'll want to add a colon before echom and add another <CR> at the end. Try:

nnoremap <leader>fed :e ~/vimrc.test<CR>\|:echom "opening vimrc . . ."<CR>
  • That didn't work. That having been said I found a work around solution to moving the echom command to the bottom of the .vimrc file – DrewM Sep 8 '18 at 0:42
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    @DrewM echom needs to be :echom, you'll need two <CR>s, and you can't have spaces around the \|; I've updated the answer. Also see :help map-bar by the way. – Martin Tournoij Sep 8 '18 at 1:25

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