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I'm trying to start writing some Vim Script, and I've come across this issue.

fu Test()
    call setline(1, getline("."))
endf

autocmd InsertCharPre * call Test()

This is in my .vimrc. When I type something, I get an E523 error. Looking that up in help shows that it's liked with having secure on. I checked and I have it off, so I'm stumped as to what the issue is.

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From :h insertcharpre:

It is not allowed to change the text |textlock|.


You need to delay the change with a one-shot autocmd, for example until the next TextChangedI is fired:

fu! Test() abort
    au TextChangedI * ++once call setline(1, getline('.'))
endfu
augroup test
    au!
    au InsertCharPre * call Test()
augroup END

The ++once flag is provided by the patch 8.1.1113. If you don't have it, make the autocmd clear itself:

fu! Test() abort
    augroup setline_on_textchangedi
        au!
        au TextChangedI * call setline(1, getline('.')) | au! setline_on_textchangedi
    augroup END
endfu
augroup test
    au!
    au InsertCharPre * call Test()
augroup END

Note that TextChangedI is not fired after you insert a character while the popup menu is visible. If that's an issue, you need to also listen to TextChangedP provided by the patch 8.0.1494:

au TextChangedI,TextChangedP * ++once call setline(1, getline('.'))
                ^^^^^^^^^^^^

Or just use a timer:

fu! Test() abort
    call timer_start(0, {-> setline(1, getline('.'))})
endfu
augroup test
    au!
    au InsertCharPre * call Test()
augroup END

If you don't need to listen to InsertCharPre, then the textlock issue disappears, and the code can be simplified:

augroup test
    au!
    au TextChangedI,TextChangedP * call setline(1, getline('.'))
augroup END

For more information, see:

:h textlock
:h insertcharpre
:h textchangedi
:h textchangedp
:h autocmd-once
:h timer_start(
  • Of course the one thing I didn't look at, thank you. – Mason Oct 9 at 6:32

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