As title. In fact, I just encountered a situation where I cannot change the buffer of the current window, which is created by some plugin. So I guess there might be some window/buffer option(s) to prevent the current buffer from being changed.

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    You can try running :setl, which should show all non-default local settings. Jan 23, 2023 at 9:37
  • @MartinTournoij After reading all the :h ... from the result of :setl, I found that :set buflisted the most promising one. But then I still got the same result: when I called :bn on the window it instead changed the buffer of another window. (still enjoy the try-and-error process since I never know there is a way to list all the local options, might be helpful in the future.) Jan 23, 2023 at 13:07
  • What happens when you try to use :bn? Do you get an error? Or simply nothing happens? Jan 23, 2023 at 13:14
  • @MartinTournoij: Say I have two windows(and both are loaded with a unique buffer): A, which is generated by the plugin, and B, which is just a normal window I opened for editing my program. In my current situation, if I call :bn on A, the behavior is like I were calling :bn on B. Jan 23, 2023 at 13:22
  • @MartinTournoij Hi, sorry to tag you again. I just solved my problem brute-forcibly(details below) and you could skip my problem(if you're still doing it) so your time will be saved. I really appreciate your kindness on those reasonable further questions. Happy new year and have a good day. Jan 23, 2023 at 14:38

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set nomodifiable

help 'nomodifiable'

  • Thanks for your reply. But the result of :set modifiable? is modifiable and I still cannot use :bn to change the buffer of that window to another one after testing. Jan 23, 2023 at 6:09
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    Well, even if you set 'nomodifiable' a user can simply ':set modifiable' and start editing the buffer. So it's not completely unchangeable. Jan 23, 2023 at 7:49
  • @job_start thats not what I wrote, I wrote set nomodifiable I'm not aware of any other option like this, so I still believe answer is correct.
    – dza
    Jan 23, 2023 at 15:18
  • Understood. In fact, I also tried :set nomodifiable, and the results are the same: I cannot switch the buffer of that window. Jan 23, 2023 at 15:47

In short, there is no built-in option to prevent you from switching(I used the word changing and now I think that is misleading since my question is not about changing the content of a file) the buffer of a given window. (Since the repo. has <200 commits there, so I read through those commit messages and found the one that caused the behavior.)

In that commit, the author uses a function that will be called on two autocmds under a augroup named DapuiWindowsSetup: BufWinEnter,BufWinLeave to achieve the behavior described in my OP. (This might be a piece of useful information if you want to implement the reverse: prevent switching the buffer of a given window, as the commit did.) By deleting that augroup I get the original behavior I want. (Regarding the LICENSE of that Repo., I won't post the code here.)

  • that is still not safe. You can still do :noa :bn and switch away. In short, there is no way to prevent a user from doing this Jan 23, 2023 at 14:50
  • Is it github.com/rcarriga/nvim-dap-ui? The MIT License should explicitly permit you to post the patch as long as you maintain the License text (IANAL)?
    – D. Ben Knoble
    Jan 23, 2023 at 15:34
  • @ChristianBrabandt: Thanks for your comment as I never know about :noa. But after my trying (I tried :noa | bn) the plugin indeed prevent me from switching the buffer. Jan 23, 2023 at 15:38
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    @job_start the command would be :noautocmd bnext; noautocmd is a modifier. The bar-separator in your example is what caused it to fail (since :noa by itself is a nop).
    – D. Ben Knoble
    Jan 23, 2023 at 15:52
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    correct, I meant the command as I wrote it, without a | in between. Another way to break it: set eventignore=BufWinEnter,BufWinLeave , :bn Jan 23, 2023 at 17:27

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