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 Ctrl + C. https://asciinema.org/a/nhDJfd1P8g7c2j1XgaJ8KCU7X

I've tried using vim --clean filename, and it ends with the same result. https://asciinema.org/a/60qpQsHIqegLdd3F9HdntNkRw

I've seen a few other questions similar to the predicament that I'm in, but all answers suggest that it's possible that Ctrl + 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. https://asciinema.org/a/a1Wya4OfqOfsllotrtkmTenaM

Here is the output of vim --version:

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
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-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"
Linking: clang -L. -fstack-protector-strong -L/usr/local/lib -L/usr/local/opt/libyaml/lib -L/usr/local/opt/[email protected]/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 -L/usr/local/opt/[email protected]/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 
  • Even if you didn't press <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 paste before actually pasting.
    – Biggybi
    Aug 30, 2022 at 17:47
  • @Biggybi Oh, ok. Though :set paste has no affect on anything, unless I'm using tmux + vim, to ensure proper spacing and alignment.
    – Hunter T.
    Aug 30, 2022 at 17:53
  • Welcome to Vim :-) could you tell us what happens when you copy and past a similar gist but without lines from 35 to 40? What happens when you copy and past a similar gist but without line 42? I would to know if it past more? Is the size of the past dependent of the size or from the content? Aug 30, 2022 at 17:57
  • @VivianDeSmedt If I remove the code from lines 35-40 and line 42 (in two separate instances respectively), it still only prints down to line 42. I tried it with a different script, specifically this one, and it only prints down to line 34.
    – Hunter T.
    Aug 30, 2022 at 18:19
  • It feels like your problems come from your terminal settings. You could try different emulators (i.e. iTerm) and see how it goes.
    – Biggybi
    Sep 1, 2022 at 9:10


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