I'm looking for a way to make a line be only logically broken at the end of the available space. Here's an example: let's suppose I have a really long line (i.e. a string without any \n in it), and to render it on the screen, ViM must split it, so, by turning on line numbers I see

1: This is the beginning of my very very very long line that does not fit 
ViM's window and therefore it must be split into two lines.
2: And this is another line of text

Now, if I'm in normal mode, I can move from line 1 to line 2 by using j, but I have no ways to move from the word "beginning" to the word "therefore", apart from gj which I find slow. I tried to remap j to gj, only for the filetypes I'm interested in (I wouldn't ever do this with C source files for example), but this gives me another issue: relative numbers do not work anymore. If I'm on line 1 and type d1j only the first two "logical lines" are deleted (which in my example they correspond to the whole line 1). So I'm looking for a way to move inside the lines pretending they're logical lines (i.e. by gjing or gking) and work with the physical lines.

I tried with the textwidth option, but it physically breaks the lines, so it's not exactly what I'm looking for.

Thanks in advance.

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    Your sentence about d1j is confusing—only the first two logical lines... (what)? If you want dj to work normally, dont omap j; if you want dj == dgj, you have to omap j – D. Ben Knoble Mar 3 at 22:57
  • @D.BenKnoble As a logical line, I mean a line that is split by ViM and not by a \n. So what physically on the file is a single line (i.e. a string of characters followed by a \n), in the ViM editor, depending on the size of the window, can become more than one line of text. I call logical line the line of text I see in the ViM editor before it wraps it and makes the rest of the line go in another one. Anyway, thanks to you and the answer by husB, I figured out the problem and solved it. – LuxGiammi Mar 4 at 9:09
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    glad you solved your problem, but im not sure you understood my question—your sentence about d1j is logically and grammatically incomplete. It effectively reads “if i do X, only the first two logical lines.” Do you see how there’s something missing? Only the first two logical lines... what? What do they or should they do? – D. Ben Knoble Mar 4 at 13:08
  • ..."are deleted". I'm sorry about it, but I did not notice it. Sorry for the inconvenience. :-( I edited my question accordingly. – LuxGiammi Mar 5 at 14:28
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    no problem! Nothing to worry about—glad you got it squared away! – D. Ben Knoble Mar 5 at 14:36

I can think of two solutions to this:

1: Use normal mode mappings only; do not use an operator-pending mode mapping

As @D.Ben Knoble mentioned in his comment, instead of

noremap j gj
noremap k gk 


nnoremap j gj
nnoremap k gk

The former maps j and k in normal, visual, and operator-pending modes, while the latter maps j and k only in normal mode. With the latter mappings, after an operator (such as d, c, or y), j and k remain as-is.

2: Use an expression mapping to check if a count is given

noremap <expr> j v:count ? 'j' : 'gj'
noremap <expr> k v:count ? 'k' : 'gk'

These check if a count has been supplied. If there is a count, j or k is used; otherwise gj or gk is used.

In this way, 1j or 1k moves up or down a whole line, while j or k moves up or down a screen line.

For more information, see

  • :h map-modes
  • :h map-expression
  • :h count-variable
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