If I have changed a bunch of files but without saving and maybe I have another pile of noname buffers which are changed and without a file name.

I want vim to prompt confirmation for each one of the above files. if it's a changed file without saving then ask me whether to save it. if it's a noname buffer asking me whether to save it, if yes then provide a file name.

It's just like in some other modeless editor, when you edit a lot of files and click the close button to close the editor, it'll prompt confirmations.

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    Well, technically, if you just do :q, Vim does warn about unsaved buffers.
    – muru
    Commented Dec 18, 2015 at 1:51
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    Well, what have you done to gVim, that it doesn't do it for you? It always asks me about unsaved buffers when pressing the 'X' Commented Dec 18, 2015 at 6:31
  • The command set confirm might be close to what you're asking for
    – Steve
    Commented Dec 18, 2015 at 10:25

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The option confirm does what you describe for modified files.


set confirm

in my vimrc, it gives the following prompt when I :quit a modified NoName buffer:

Save changes to "Untitled"?
[Y]es, (N)o, Save (A)ll, (D)iscard All, (C)ancel:

For me, if it's an unnamed buffer and you answer (Y)es to the prompt, it opens it. You could then :write filename, and :qall again (seems like any buffers you've already said (N)o to the prompt are cleared).

  • there's a problem, when I have multiple noname buffer, I can't figure out which noname buffer it's asking me to confirm, it always prompt the same message: save changes to "untitled"? [Y]es, [N]o ...
    – Aaron Shen
    Commented Jan 3, 2016 at 4:00
  • So you would like a preview of the file you are being asked about? I don't know how to do that.
    – Steve
    Commented Jan 3, 2016 at 11:06
  • As an idea, you could write a script to give the behaviour you're after. Maybe something that starts off by closing all non-modified buffers, perhaps something with if (&modified == 0)...
    – Steve
    Commented Jan 3, 2016 at 11:29

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