The command :wqa does not work with new files. For example, if you create some empty files and save them with :wqa, you will not find these files after you quit vim. They are not saved at all.

The reason is, :wqa only saves changed buffers (unlike :wq).

My question is, what is the easiest way to make :wqa work like :wq on all changed and unchanged buffers?

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:wa and :wqa will write all changed buffers; from :help :wqa:

:wqa[ll] [++opt]                                :wqa :wqall :xa :xall
:xa[ll]         Write all changed buffers and exit Vim.  If there are buffers
                without a file name, which are readonly or which cannot be
                written for another reason, Vim will not quit.

Since your new empty file isn't changed, it's not written.

:w and :wq always writes the buffer. As far as I know there isn't a shortcut to "always write all and then exit", but you can use something along the lines of:

:bufdo wq

This will run :wq on all buffers, which will always write irregardless of whether it's changed or not. Since Vim will quit if the last buffer is closed, this will also quit Vim.

  • The :bufdo command sees | as its argument... (See :help :bar.) You either need two separate commands (:bufdo w, followed by :q), or :execute (:exe 'bufdo w' | q).
    – filbranden
    Commented Dec 16, 2020 at 4:05
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    I think that's not really a problem @filbranden? It just calls :q on every buffer. Actually, you can simplify this to :bufdo wq Commented Dec 16, 2020 at 5:04
  • Ah yes true... There's the side effect that some buffers will be closed if you fail to write one in the middle of the sequence... But otherwise that should be fine.
    – filbranden
    Commented Dec 16, 2020 at 5:49

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