I am using the markdown extension plasticboy/vim-markdown to navigate inside large markdown files:

" :Toc : create a quickfix vertical window navigable table of contents with the headers."

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Since I In installed the ALE linter, the content of the quick fix window disappears after I save the markdown file.

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When I disable ALE, it works fine and the TOC content remains visible at all times, even after file save. I can disable ale temporarily in a buffer this way:

let b:ale_enabled = 0

But how Can I get plasticboy/vim-markdown to continue working properly when ALE is activated?

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    Ale is overwriting the quickfix list; you’ll need to tell ale to use the location list instead
    – D. Ben Knoble
    Commented May 16, 2020 at 14:38
  • @D.BenKnoble Actually ALE uses the loclist by default... But see this FAQ for variables to control both lists: github.com/dense-analysis/ale/blob/master/…
    – filbranden
    Commented May 16, 2020 at 18:41
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    @filbranden yeah I see that; I read quickfix in the Q and assumed. Funnily, the quoted doc is wrong (as proven by the screenshot, which says loclist!).
    – D. Ben Knoble
    Commented May 16, 2020 at 18:46
  • @D.BenKnoble I actually think it's saying toclist()... ?!
    – filbranden
    Commented May 16, 2020 at 18:49
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    And yeah looks like vim-markdown uses loclist indeed: github.com/plasticboy/vim-markdown/blob/master/ftplugin/…
    – filbranden
    Commented May 16, 2020 at 18:52

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In the absence of a more elegant fix, I disabled ALE for markdown files as explained in ALE issue 371, by adding this to my ~/.vimrc:

" Disable ale for some file extensions 
let g:ale_pattern_options = {          
\   '.*\.md$': {'ale_enabled': 0},     
\   '.*\.Rmd$': {'ale_enabled': 0},    

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