I have skeleton template files for various filetypes, and when I create a new file based on these templates, the cursor always starts at the top of the file. It would be more convenient if it started at the bottom.

Can I use a ftplugin or an autocmd to change the cursor's initial position?

  • Could give us more indication about your template files? Which autocmd trigger them such that we can propose you ways to ammend these commands? Nov 6, 2023 at 5:22
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    What did you try?
    – romainl
    Nov 6, 2023 at 6:05
  • @romainl I tried looking in the manual.
    – paradroid
    Nov 6, 2023 at 7:12
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    @NormanGray That works with existing files, but my question regards new files which start with a skeleton template. For example, you could start a bash script with the hashbang already present. vimtricks.com/p/vim-file-templates
    – paradroid
    Nov 7, 2023 at 14:20
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    @Friedrich Sometimes, yes, but most of the time vi is actually nvi (version 2.2.0 is what's currently on FreeBSD). Which is why, on platforms where vi is actually Vim, I have it aliased to vi -C, to avoid confusing myself. That, or ed, of course... Nov 8, 2023 at 9:44

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If you associate a template to a file extension using the following autocmd:

autocmd! BufNewFile *.foo 0r ~/vimfiles/template/template.foo

The autocmd import the ~/vimfiles/template/template.foo when you create a new buffer that matches the *.foo pattern.

Then you could amend it using like:

autocmd! BufNewFile *.foo 0r ~/vimfiles/template/template.foo | $

Where the :$ command moves the cursor at the end of the buffer.

  • Great, thanks. I couldn't find anything about it.
    – paradroid
    Nov 6, 2023 at 7:13
  • Thank for the feedback :-) Nov 6, 2023 at 7:34

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