If I open a file in vi like:

vi /etc/httpd/conf/httpd.conf

Then vi shows in the bottom left corner of the window:

"/etc/httpd/conf/httpd.conf" 1009L, 34418C

But when I edit the file with a or i then this line disappears.
And even when pressing Esc to exit the editing mode it wont come back.

How do I get this line back after editing?

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    I use Ctrl+g for this Jun 5, 2015 at 16:42
  • Which is the same as :file :-) I wanted to give that as an answer, but is doesn't show the amount of characers. I'm not sure how to get exactly that line... Jun 5, 2015 at 17:29
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    You can display this information in your statusline with let &statusline = '"%f" %{line("$")}L, %{line2byte(line("$"))}C'. You can also make a mapping to echo this: nnoremap <Leader>fi :echo '"' . expand("%") . '" ' . line("$") . "L, " . line2byte(line("$")) . "C"<CR>
    – jjaderberg
    Jun 5, 2015 at 18:32
  • @Carpetsmoker I think it shows bytes, not characters, despite the "C". I haven't looked carefully but for me the number seems to agree with output from wc -c, not from wc -m.
    – jjaderberg
    Jun 5, 2015 at 18:34

1 Answer 1


If you save, you can then use :e again, to display that information. Also, you can use g Ctrl-g and/or Ctrl-g at any time to find out some (or the other) of the original info.

  • Mnemonic: Ctrl-g to find out what is Going on.
    – Wildcard
    Feb 15, 2016 at 8:30

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