I tried installing vim-devicons to be used with nerdtree(using vim-plugin). I tried devicons FAQ, everything is fine except "check if you are able to see the characters, from ex mode:", i tried running

:echo g:WebDevIconsUnicodeDecorateFileNodesDefaultSymbol

But this command gives no icons result.

Also it says that devicons is to be used with NerdFonts, I had trouble installing that. Can anybody guide me through the commands used to install regular ubuntu font on my ubuntu 18.04?

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  • Alright, no issues!
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    Feb 15, 2020 at 21:23

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Installing Nerd fonts for my ubuntu 18.04 worked. As the devicons FAQ page said, it was designed for nerd fonts.

  • If I install that font, would my gruvbox color scheme be affected in any way?
    – J86
    Feb 23, 2021 at 16:15

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