I faced an issueenter image description here As you can see on the screenshot, vim does not show tabs with specified airline theme and it shows me this annoying X button at the end of the tabline. Here's my .vimrc:

execute pathogen#infect()
syntax on
filetype plugin indent on

"Theme Section
colo minimalist
let g:airline_theme='minimalist'
let g:airline_powerline_fonts = 1
let g:airline#extensions#tabline#enabled = 1
let g:airline#extensions#tabline#show_close_button = 0
set nu

I've created another tab: enter image description here If I go back to the previous one, my airline theme resets to the default one: enter image description here And if I switch to the new tab, this default theme stays and annoys me. But, here's some magic:enter image description here If I open a directory using vim, airline themed tabline seems to be working. enter image description here When I switch tabs, airline tabline theme resets again:enter image description here Help me, please.

  • This seems like a serious bug. What version of airline are you using? What version of vim? Is there other code (~/.vim) that could be interfering? Autocommands, etc.?
    – D. Ben Knoble
    Jan 27, 2020 at 21:56
  • @D.BenKnoble no, my .vimrc contains only those several lines of code, nothing else. vim version is 8.2.0148-1, vim-airline 0.10-1, vim-airline-themes r1321.3bfe1d0-1.
    – Me.
    Jan 27, 2020 at 22:35

1 Answer 1


Setting everything up with Vundle (instead of Pathogen) fixed the bug. Now everything works! enter image description here

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