When working on a feature branch in git, I frequently need to stash my changes to commit a bug fix to the main branch. When I'm done working on the changes, I git stash pop, which updates the timestamps on the files.

Even though the files are identical, the next time I try to save, I get:

WARNING: The file has been changed since reading it!!!

Do you really want to write to it (y/n)?

I don't want to automatically reload the file every time it changes on disk, only when I git stash pop.

Right now, I manually reload each buffer individually (:e). Is there any way I can do this in one command?

2 Answers 2


See :help bufdo for what you want to do. It will execute a command in each buffer in the buffer list. For example:

:bufdo e

You may also want to look at :help noconfirm to disable the confirmation dialog before issueing the bufdo command

:set noconfirm

and reenabling it after the bufdo command.

:set confirm
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    To force, try: :bufdo! e.
    – kenorb
    Apr 18, 2015 at 21:22
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    and without printing messages on screen :silent! bufdo e
    – Werner
    Aug 12, 2015 at 20:26

You can do this with the :checktime command. From the docs:

:checkt[ime]        Check if any buffers were changed outside of Vim.
                    This checks and warns you if you would end up with two
                    versions of a file.

The command will ask you what to do for each buffer the file of which has a changed timestamp. To disable this for files that haven't changed you can do :set autoread to force vim to just reload them. vim will ask you if the contents between the buffer and the file on disk have changed.

You can setup a map like the following for ease of use:

nnoremap <F5> :checktime<CR>
  • Here is some bonus information that is not really part of the answer: For me, on OpenSUSE, gvim (the GTK GUI for vim) does this automatically when it gains focus. I don't really know why it does it and I haven't checked on other systems but I thought it might be useful as an extra. Maybe someelse can confirm?
    – tokoyami
    Feb 5, 2015 at 22:05
  • This is really helpful! What I did on my end was to integrate this command as part of my tab switching shortcuts. i.e. nnoremap tl :tabnext<CR>:checktime<CR> Mar 6, 2019 at 11:39
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    @tokoyami, the feature you have in gvim may be related to FocusGained event in vim. You can find some related info here - unix.stackexchange.com/a/383044/99801. Dec 10, 2019 at 15:24

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