In Vim, at the the bottom. There is statusline.

And below it there is, I think, the command line.

When I press save, this command line, displays something like:

"index" 160 lines, 2097 characters written

But I don't want it to display this.

I would only like it to display something like:


How do I do that?

  • So far, relying on the [+] marker in the statusline to show unsaved modifications has served me well.
    – Friedrich
    Commented Nov 15, 2023 at 12:32

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You could use the BufWriteCmd to override the write operation:

augroup OverrideWrite
autocmd! BufWriteCmd * silent w | echo 'Saved'
augroup END
  • I would much prefer to see w written out as write, especially in example code.
    – D. Ben Knoble
    Commented Nov 14, 2023 at 19:44
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    Also, you're missing handling all the stuff in :help Cmd-event. Probably just using BufWritePost to echo a message suffices.
    – D. Ben Knoble
    Commented Nov 14, 2023 at 19:45
  • @D.BenKnoble, I have tried BufWritePost but I ended to have both messages instead of only the desired Saved. Commented Nov 14, 2023 at 19:59
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    I still think you're missing a lot of details for BufWriteCmd to work correctly, and this probably breaks plugins that use it.
    – D. Ben Knoble
    Commented Nov 14, 2023 at 21:16
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    I have updated the solution to avoid that problem :-) Commented Nov 20, 2023 at 10:52

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