I'm trying to make Vim play nice with wrapped lines and I'm running into some problems. The following line

xnoremap <expr> k ((v:count == 0) || (mode() !=# "V") ? 'gk' : 'k')

gives me the following error when launching Vim

Error detected while processing /cygdrive/c/Users/Chad/.vimrc:
line   76:
E749: empty buffer

If I remove either of the conditions the map will work fine but I'd like to combine them. Any ideas? Thanks in advance.

1 Answer 1


See :h map_bar. The | is used also as a command separator in vim, so you are executing a map command:

xnoremap <expr> k ((v:count == 0) 

Then an empty command line, and after that a command:

(mode() !=# "V") ? 'gk' : 'k')

To use the | character in mappings, the two best options in my opinion are <Bar> or \|. Your mapping can be written as

xnoremap <expr> k ((v:count == 0) <Bar><Bar> (mode() !=# "V") ? 'gk' : 'k')

for example.

  • Ahh great! :help map_bar is what I needed. Thanks. That logic I posted is a little off for the behavior I want so I might have to end up using logical and instead but your solution does let me use || so I'll accept it as the answer. Apr 11, 2015 at 15:07

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