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My lines break when I am typing beyond a certain length in vim, but afterwards, if I move up one line and type J, the line will reconnect.

So it is apparently not a matter of fixed length. I would like the line not to break while typing. Is there a setting enabling this in .vimrc?

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From :h 'textwidth':

Maximum width of text that is being inserted. A longer line will be broken after white space to get this width. A zero value disables this.

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