Suppose I copy some code from a place and try to paste it into Vim, it comes as a comment. Is there any way to fix this?


--Return the smaller  thing

p ::forall a. (Eq a)=> [a]-> a->a->a

p z a b | rank z a >= rank z b =b
        | otherwise = a

--Return the bigger thing

g ::forall a. (Eq a)=> [a]-> a->a->a

g z a b | rank z a <= rank z b =b
        | otherwise = a

I copy the above code block into Vim and I get :

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    Feb 29 at 19:27
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Try :set paste before you paste (and make sure to :set nopaste afterward). If your terminal can communicate via bracketed paste that the insertion comes from a paste, Vim will essentially do this automatically.

The issue comes from seeing the first comment line and trying to extend the comment line when a new line is started; the paste option disables this treatment, among others.

You can also paste from the * or + registers to interact with the clipboard or selection.

  • There’s also useful support for paste-based operations in the unimpaired plugin from tpope
    – D. Ben Knoble
    Mar 1 at 3:19

When you paste in insert mode by default (if the paste option is unset) the clipboard is inserted like it would have been typed by the user. In particular if you paste in a comment Vim will consider the clipboard as a comment continuation.

To avoid that I recommend to past in Normal mode using either:

  • p or
  • ]p

Where ]p paste the content of the clipboard respecting the current indentation.

More information with :help ]p

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    I think you meant “if the paste option is _un_set.”
    – D. Ben Knoble
    Mar 1 at 3:18

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