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I've long been editing code in Vim 7.4 with matchit and matchparen plugins. In my old setup it was easy to delete { some string } by placing the cursor on the { and then use the d% command.

I've now moved to a new computer system (and new job) with a fresh install of Vim 8.2 and I believe I've got the same plugins, but now when I use the d% command, it keeps the closing }.

This change in behavior now makes editing my code much more cumbersome as I have to deal with the closing } (or [)\], etc]) separately.

Could someone who understands the plugins or key mapping please tell me how to get back to the behavior where the terminating character is also deleted (or selected/yanked/etc).

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    there is no vim 8.3... what version are you using exactly? – Mass Jul 11 at 1:05
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    Welcome to the forum! Using Vim 8.2, without any plugin, I get the behaviour you like. Have you tried with vim --clean(which will launch a bare vim instance) to make sure your config is not causing this issue? – Biggybi Jul 11 at 1:20
  • Welcome to Vi and Vim! You can use the :map % command to check whether you have % mapped by a plug-in or not and what it's mapped to. (Better yet, :verbose map % will also include the name of the file where it was defined.) I can't reproduce the issue you're reporting, either with matchit or without it... Haven't tried matchparen. But please check which one you're using first. – filbranden Jul 11 at 3:20
  • Note that you can use da{ to delete a block inside curly braces. And you can use that command anywhere inside the block, not only on top of the { itself. I'd be happy to turn these comments into an answer, but I wanted to be able to explain why you're seeing the behavior you're currently seeing... – filbranden Jul 11 at 3:22
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    this might be a matchit bug. If you can reproduce this with a minimal example, please open an issue here: github.com/chrisbra/matchit I'd like to have this fixed – Christian Brabandt Jul 11 at 17:14
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Thank you to filbranden for expanding my Vim command library with the :map % and da{ / di{ commands - those will surely prove useful.

Using those commands, and some useful diff tools, I identified that I was using a badly obsolete version of matchit. Deleting my bad plugin, and following the instructions in :help matchit-install, I was able to correct my installation, and return to the expected behavior of d%

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  • Glad that you figured it out and thanks for looping back with the solution! – filbranden Jul 13 at 17:10

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