From my .vimrc: match ErrorMsg '\%>80v.\+'

And a screenshot: enter image description here

I have tried a minimal vimrc and it still doesn't work in the left splits.


Recent Vim versions have the 'colorcolumn' option. It provides the following benefits:

  • You can just globally :set it; no :autocmd is needed.
  • You get to keep the :match highlighting for something else.
  • Yeah I'm aware of this setting, I'm just not a fan of having a huge line in my buffers. – Spencer Wood Mar 18 '15 at 19:50

From :help :match:

Define a pattern to highlight in the current window

This is fixed by making the original command into an autocommand:

autocmd WinEnter * match ErrorMsg '\%>80v.\+'

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