Let us suppose that a user maps - to <nop>. How can I, as a script writer, execute a :normal command that correctly uses the default behaviour of -?


You have to put ! after :normal like this:

:normal! -

! will make it ignore mappings. From :help :normal:

If the [!] is given, mappings will not be used. Without it, when this command is called from a non-remappable mapping (:noremap), the argument can be mapped anyway.

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