I am Neovim user and have serious problem with netrw

I find netrw has a bug

1st picture

when trying to open the file, at first it only shows an empty buffer(1st picture), and right bottom corner, you can see [noperm] message, I can not figure out the meaning of it

when trying open twice(2nd picture), then netrw correctly open a file. It's kinda nervous to me... whenever I open file , I should open twice,. It usually occur when open a file from different directory

for example,

  1. If first time I'm in src/components/App.tsx
  2. then I want to open src/tsconfig.json(I mean path of directory changed),
  3. then it open empty buffer not open actual content

2nd picture what is this problem?

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    Welcome to Vi and Vim!
    – filbranden
    Commented Sep 15, 2020 at 16:31
  • @filbranden Hello, thanks for welcome Commented Sep 15, 2020 at 16:51
  • Does this happen with vim -u NONE or -Nu NONE?
    – D. Ben Knoble
    Commented Sep 16, 2020 at 12:15
  • @D.BenKnoble Sorry too late, I test your command, but In this case, :Explore(for open netrw) is not working, it shows error vim not an editor command explore so I couldn't test anything. Commented Oct 3, 2020 at 11:02
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    @D.BenKnoble Thanks for correct command, but without config It still happens, I set let g:netrw_liststyle=3 for tree style and empty buffer happen when open a file in another directory. I find this issue report, but I don't know It solved or not issue#3276 Commented Oct 3, 2020 at 17:19

1 Answer 1


Try to change the permission for others

sudo chmod o=r [filename]

Explanation: Change ownership of file permission for Others to read.

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    Welcome to Vi and Vim! This answer would be improved by an edit explaining what the command does and why changing the permission would affect how netrw functions.
    – D. Ben Knoble
    Commented Jul 18, 2022 at 20:23

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