For a while now, I've been dealing with a problem where when pasting a large amount of text, such as the code in this gist, into a file via vim, only part of the copied text gets pasted, then stops and gets stuck in "insert paste" mode. Why trying to press
esc on my computer,
^[ gets printed into the file. I find that the only way to get out of the "insert paste" mode is by using
I've tried using
vim --clean filename, and it ends with the same result.
I've seen a few other questions similar to the predicament that I'm in, but all answers suggest that it's possible that
S was accidentally pressed during pasting, but this just isn't the case for me. I've never accidentally or purposefully pressed that key combination.
One thing I think might be important to note, is that this problem doesn't occur when using macvim. It only happens when using vim via the terminal. Additionally, I find that when I use tmux and then perform vim, as long as I use
:set paste to allow for proper spacing, I have no problem pasting the entire piece of text.
Here is the output of
VIM - Vi IMproved 9.0 (2022 Jun 28, compiled Aug 28 2022 16:44:20) macOS version - x86_64 Included patches: 1-300 Compiled by Homebrew Huge version without GUI. Features included (+) or not (-): +acl +file_in_path +mouse_urxvt -tag_any_white +arabic +find_in_path +mouse_xterm -tcl +autocmd +float +multi_byte +termguicolors +autochdir +folding +multi_lang +terminal -autoservername -footer -mzscheme +terminfo -balloon_eval +fork() +netbeans_intg +termresponse +balloon_eval_term +gettext +num64 +textobjects -browse -hangul_input +packages +textprop ++builtin_terms +iconv +path_extra +timers +byte_offset +insert_expand +perl +title +channel +ipv6 +persistent_undo -toolbar +cindent +job +popupwin +user_commands -clientserver +jumplist +postscript +vartabs +clipboard +keymap +printer +vertsplit +cmdline_compl +lambda +profile +vim9script +cmdline_hist +langmap -python +viminfo +cmdline_info +libcall +python3 +virtualedit +comments +linebreak +quickfix +visual +conceal +lispindent +reltime +visualextra +cryptv +listcmds +rightleft +vreplace +cscope +localmap +ruby +wildignore +cursorbind +lua +scrollbind +wildmenu +cursorshape +menu +signs +windows +dialog_con +mksession +smartindent +writebackup +diff +modify_fname -sodium -X11 +digraphs +mouse -sound -xfontset -dnd -mouseshape +spell -xim -ebcdic +mouse_dec +startuptime -xpm +emacs_tags -mouse_gpm +statusline -xsmp +eval -mouse_jsbterm -sun_workshop -xterm_clipboard +ex_extra +mouse_netterm +syntax -xterm_save +extra_search +mouse_sgr +tag_binary -farsi -mouse_sysmouse -tag_old_static system vimrc file: "$VIM/vimrc" user vimrc file: "$HOME/.vimrc" 2nd user vimrc file: "~/.vim/vimrc" user exrc file: "$HOME/.exrc" defaults file: "$VIMRUNTIME/defaults.vim" fall-back for $VIM: "/usr/local/share/vim" Compilation: clang -c -I. -Iproto -DHAVE_CONFIG_H -DMACOS_X -DMACOS_X_DARWIN -g -O2 -D_REENTRANT -U_FORTIFY_SOURCE -D_FORTIFY_SOURCE=1 Linking: clang -L. -fstack-protector-strong -L/usr/local/lib -L/usr/local/opt/libyaml/lib -Lfirstname.lastname@example.org/lib -L/usr/local/opt/readline/lib -L/usr/local/lib -o vim -lm -lncurses -liconv -lintl -framework AppKit -L/usr/local/opt/lua/lib -llua5.4 -mmacosx-version-min=12.0 -fstack-protector-strong -L/usr/local/lib -L/usr/local/Cellar/perl/5.34.0/lib/perl5/5.34.0/darwin-thread-multi-2level/CORE -lperl -Lemail@example.com/Frameworks/Python.framework/Versions/3.10/lib/python3.10/config-3.10-darwin -lpython3.10 -framework CoreFoundation -lruby.3.1 -L/usr/local/Cellar/ruby/3.1.2_1/lib
<c-s>yourself, what you paste may contain this sequence, or others. I think that's the potential problem depicted by the answers you read. You could try
:set pastebefore actually pasting.
:set pastehas no affect on anything, unless I'm using tmux + vim, to ensure proper spacing and alignment.