I am trying to set foldmarker={{{,\n\n\n, so that {{{ starts a fold and two consecutive empty lines end a fold. However, vim treats this as equivalent to foldmarker={{{,nnn. Is it possible to use newlines in a fold marker in this way?

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    What if you double escape the backslashes? \\n ? – D. Ben Knoble Apr 12 '19 at 1:02
  • @D.BenKnoble Then it looks for a literal \n\n\n – ngenisis Apr 12 '19 at 3:37
  • What about execute 'set foldmarker={{{,^VEnter' (use <C-v> to type a literal Enter three times)? – D. Ben Knoble Apr 12 '19 at 12:49


The entry for foldmarker notes that:

The marker is a literal string (a regular expression would be too slow).

...so you don't have full use of all the usual escapes sequences.

The section option-backslash shows that the arguments to "set" can include a backslash to escape whitespace, quotemarks, or backslashes themselves. But it doesn't appear to be possible to escape a newline this way (because that still ends the "set" command).


You can instead set multiline fold markers using syntax folding.

syn region myFold start="{{{" end="\n\n\n" transparent fold
syn sync fromstart
set foldmethod=syntax
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