I am having issues with pasting text from the clipboard into Vim (v7.4) on an HPC cluster using Centos, which I have logged into using MTPuTTY. I still get the same error when I'm logging in via MobaXterm.

This is the result of pasting into e.g. sublime text:

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Which is what's correctly on the clipboard.

However, when I try paste into Vim, using shift+insert, the output is truncated and contains some previous information that I had on the clipboard (i.e. the -Ou | \ part:

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I have made sure I'm in insert mode. The issue seems to sporadically appear after using Vim for a while and the only thing that solves it is logging out of the HPC and logging back in again. I have absolutely no idea what's causing this.

I only have :color desert in my ~/.vimrc.

  • Have you tried to use p (paste) instead of shift + insert?
    – TornaxO7
    Commented May 5, 2022 at 16:54
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    You are probably pasting with vim in normal mode (even though you mentioned that you made sure you're in insert mode). In normal mode, p pastes from the clipboard, yth yanks nothing, and o... opens a new line with the content that follows
    – husB
    Commented May 6, 2022 at 14:44
  • @husB it is definitely always in insert mode. Unless there is a big and it says it's in isnert mode when it isn't.
    – user438383
    Commented May 11, 2022 at 10:34
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    I saw you bumping the question again with a bounty.. Since you mention pasting from the clipboard, instead of shift+insert in insert mode, you could also paste directly from the clipboard, natively in vim. In normal mode, what about "+p or "*p?
    – husB
    Commented Dec 20, 2022 at 7:15

2 Answers 2


You may try this:

function! PasteFormat(x)
    let l=@+
    let l=len(split(l,"\n"))-1
    return a:x."V".string(l).'j='

nnoremap <expr> ]p @+ =~ ".*\n$" ?  PasteFormat("p") : ((@+ =~ ".*\n.*$") ? PasteFormat("o<ESC>p"): "o<C-R>+<ESC>")
nnoremap <expr> ]P @+ =~ ".*\n$" ?  PasteFormat("P") : ((@+ =~ ".*\n.*$") ? PasteFormat("O<ESC>p"): "O<C-R>+<ESC>")

You may also might want to filter out more special chars that cause the cursor to move.

I haven't tested it (you may write this as text).


Have you tried the command

:set paste

before pasting in insert mode?

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