I use vim in the following way:

I open vim.

  1. Then I press i to start writing.

  2. Then I save the buffer and give the file a name by issuing the command :w some-file-name.txt

  3. Then I quit vim by :x

Then I would expect some-file-name.txt to be in the oldfiles list next time I open vim, but when I use :oldfiles it is not there.

If I, on the other hand, start my process by using :e some-file-name.txt and thereby giving the file a name before I write the content, then the file is actually showing up in the oldfiles list next time I start vim.

But I prefer writing content first and then giving the filename later.

Does anyone know why my preferred workflow does not put my last edited file in oldfiles?

  • Btw, I just installed nvim. And in nvim oldfiles does indeed list a file created with my workflow as described in the question.
    – L Kiil
    Nov 20, 2020 at 11:18
  • the files created in the above mentioned ways do show up in :marks in vim - but not in :oldfiles it seems
    – L Kiil
    Nov 20, 2020 at 11:55
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    @ChristianBrabandt I see same problem persists in a quite modern build (8.2.1941). v:oldfiles do not get updated, unless the buffer was read from disk at least once (doing extra :e between steps (2) and (3) helps).
    – Matt
    Nov 21, 2020 at 7:45
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    Thanks, I have done so here: github.com/vim/vim/issues/7348
    – L Kiil
    Nov 23, 2020 at 9:08
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    I created github.com/vim/vim/pull/7350 to fix this Nov 23, 2020 at 10:33

1 Answer 1


Looks like a vim bug: https://github.com/vim/vim/issues/7348

Which Christian Brabandt has opened a PR to fix: https://github.com/vim/vim/pull/7350

It was merged and released in Vim version 8.2.2039.

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