Is there a quick way to copy the full path of current buffer to system clip board or some register? :put=expand('%:p') then use other copy commands(like dd) works but the typing is a little long.


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You can assign to the clipboard with the special + register:

:let @+ = expand('%:p')

The :p makes it an absolute path; drop it if you want the relative path.

If you want to make this easier, you could create a command, so you only have to type :CopyBuffer:

:command! CopyBuffer let @+ = expand('%:p')

and/or map it to a key:

:nnoremap <Leader>c :let @+=expand('%:p')<CR>

The post "How can I copy text to the system clipboard from Vim?" has much more information on how to interface with the system's clipboard.

:put=expand('%:p') works but the typing is a little long.

This doesn't copy the path of the buffer to the clipboard, but inserts it in the buffer...?

  • Thanks. I meant put into buffer then copy to clipboard or registers via other command.
    – Thomson
    Commented Jun 24, 2015 at 17:19
  • @Thomson So you want to do 2 operations in 1 go? Put the filen name in the buffer and copy it to the operating system's clipboard? Commented Jun 24, 2015 at 19:55
  • I just want to copy the file name of the buffer to clipboard, the previous 2 operations are an crappy workaround.
    – Thomson
    Commented Jun 24, 2015 at 22:22

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