Here's an example:

function! TestCursorPosWithCount() range
    echo virtcol('.')

nmap <leader>c :call TestCursorPosWithCount()<CR>

If I press <leader>c, the column number will be shown correctly. But, if I do something like 2<leader>c, the cursor is moved and the column number will be that of the final cursor position.

So, the question: how can I get the original column number inside the function? I.e. the cursor position, as it was before pressing 2 in the last example?

After receiving the answer, I add here my findings: a small function demo with normal & visual mappings, that can extract line & column information from the given situation:

function! TestCursorPosWithCount(mode) range
    if (a:mode == 'n')
        echo 'normal mode'
        echo 'count: ' . v:count
        echo 'position: [' line('.') . ':' . col('.') ']'
    else "visual mode
        echo 'visual mode: ' . visualmode()
        echo 'count: ' . v:count
        if visualmode() !=# 'V'
            echo 'range: [' a:firstline . ':' . col("'<") ' - '
                        \   a:lastline  . ':' . col("'>") ']'
            echo 'range: ['  a:firstline ' - ' a:lastline ']'

nmap <leader>c :<C-u>call TestCursorPosWithCount('n')<CR>
xmap <leader>c :call TestCursorPosWithCount('v')<CR>
  • Did you noticed that, when you remove the <leader> from the mapping, you have no problem calling the function at the right column ? While digging, I yet found nothing about your problem though ...
    – nobe4
    Commented Aug 9, 2015 at 22:22
  • Also, what do you expect to achieve while calling your function with a range ?
    – nobe4
    Commented Aug 9, 2015 at 22:29
  • See :h func-range. By using range, the function will be called only once.
    – VanLaser
    Commented Aug 9, 2015 at 22:51

1 Answer 1


When you do :

:2call TestCursorPosWithCount()

... the cursor moves to the beginning of the line 2 and the function is being executed from there.

If you use :<C-u>call TestCursorPosWithCount() instead, the original cursor position is available, and you can also still get the count number using v:count.

  • 1
    ... but, you're right about :2call TestCursor... - I can solve it by using :<C-u>call TestCursor ...> (edited your answer a little).
    – VanLaser
    Commented Aug 9, 2015 at 22:57

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