I use set clipboard=unnamed in my configuration. When I open nvim with nvim, the clipboard is left unchanged but if I open with nvim . the latest entry of the clipboard is always something unexpected.

For example, let's say I do the following:

  • using Alfred, I run "Clear Clipboard History".
  • using the terminal, I run pbcopy < /dev/null.
  • I add 1, 2 and 3 to my clipboard history. I can see those entries using Alfred
  • I open nvim with nvim .

My clipboard history is showing:


4 isn't expected here. I don't always see a number like 4 but I always get something I don't want as the latest entry. I got the feeling nvim keeps some sort of history somewhere and populates the clipboard on startup. I run the same experience with vim and gvim and I get:

  • vim:
  • gvim :

What I see with gvim is the behavior I expect. Here is my complete .vimrc file.

  • vim . should open the current directory in netrw (not sure about neovim), so I'm confused what that has to do with the clipboard pieces. Maybe have a look at How to debug my vimrc and see if you can reproduce this with a smaller vimrc
    – D. Ben Knoble
    Jul 7, 2022 at 15:41
  • Thanks @D.BenKnoble. After you pointed out netrw, I found a solution by removing tpope/vim-vinegar plugin.
    – mathieux51
    Jul 11, 2022 at 19:55

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I removed the plugin tpope/vim-vinegar and now everything works as expected. I browsed couple of issues, like this one, and it seems this is a netrw bug.

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