Say I have entries like this in the quickfix window:

manage.py|7 col 54| os.environ.setdefault('DJANGO_SETTINGS_MODULE', 'dist.plug.from.settings')
project/urls.py|29 col 6| from dist.plug.apps import PlugConfig
project/urls.py|30 col 6| from dist.plug.urls import dist_urlpatterns
project/wsgi.py|15 col 50| os.environ.setdefault('DJANGO_SETTINGS_MODULE', 'dist.plug.from.settings')
config/cfg3_distro.py|15 col 10| from dist.plug.cfg1_custom import Custom
apps_web/csslib/cprops.py|5 col 6| from dist.plug.theme import theme
core/accounts/admin.py|10 col 6| from dist.plug.user import UserAdminMixin
core/accounts/models.py|4 col 6| from dist.plug.user import UserMixin
core/accounts/utils.py|1 col 6| from dist.plug.user import UserMixin

I wish to keep all entries that don't start with from.

:h Cfilter does not explain whether the filter matches the whole line (i.e. file name, line/col and line), or just the line. So I tried both ways but neither is working for me:

If it matches the whole line I tried:

  • :Cfilter! /| from/ matches nothing (all remain)
  • :Cfilter! /\| from/ matches everything (nothing remains)

If it matches just the line from the file, I tried:

  • :Cfilter! /^from/ matches some (some starting with from are removed, but some with from in the start remain, not sure what it did)
  • :Cfilter! /\^from/ matches nothing (all remain)

Confused as to whats going on, I must be missing something.

  • 1
    Good question, though in this case :Cfilter! import might be simpler
    – D. Ben Knoble
    Commented Jun 29, 2022 at 19:40

1 Answer 1


Instead of removing all the entries that don't start with from, use Cfilter (without !) to keep all the entries that start with from.

The |:Cfilter| command creates a new quickfix list from the entries matching {pat} in the current quickfix list. {pat} is a Vim |regular-expression| pattern. Both the file name and the text of the entries are matched against {pat}. If the optional ! is supplied, then the entries not matching {pat} are used. The pattern can be optionally enclosed using one of the following

As for the format, this should work correctly: :Cfilter /^from/

  • Thanks for the answer, sorry I confused myself. I wish to Keep entries that start with from (I corrected it now). With regards to :Cfilter /^from/ shoudl work, that is interesting. Commented Jun 30, 2022 at 11:04
  • No problem! And yes, I think that should work :)
    – r_31415
    Commented Jun 30, 2022 at 16:59
  • Strange that :Cfilter /^from/ does not work fo rme, its matches nothing (all entries remain) Commented Jun 30, 2022 at 17:13
  • Are you sure there is not an extra space or another character that changes your quickfix input? I tried to replicate your quickfix list and it seems to be working. Before i.imgur.com/43qK3eQ.png and after i.imgur.com/oX2Zo7S.png
    – r_31415
    Commented Jun 30, 2022 at 22:37

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