Questions tagged [buffers]

The representation of a file loaded into memory. Edits are performed on buffers.

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Permit closing window with unsaved changes using vim setting

I wrote a plugin that executes a slow shell script and asynchronously shows the stdout in a popup (split) window. When I try to close my session while the popup is open, I get the message Save ...
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What is the difference between loaded and unloaded buffers?

I was looking at the documentation for the 'complete' option, and I found it a bit confusing: . scan the current buffer ('wrapscan' is ignored) w scan buffers from other windows b scan other ...
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Deleting the temporary buffer created by Pymode

I'm using the python-mode plugin with automatic lint checking. I want an easier way to delete the temporary buffers used to show errors when I use :wa. Sometimes there are more than one. Now I'm ...
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vim : how to set current buffer to a string using `:python`

As example, my current buffer contains below lines di=01;34 ln=01;36 mh=00 pi=40;33 I want to join all lines with :, and set entire buffer to the joined string. How to achieve that, using :python ...
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How to replace entire buffer with the contents of a variable?

I am trying to replace the entire buffer with the output from an external command. Similar to :% !myprog, but only if the command succeeds: let output = system('myprog') if v:shell_error == 0 " ...
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Everytime I call :Explore netrw creates a new unlisted buffer

Is there any way to stay always in the same netrw buffer after selecting a file to edit?
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Session - start with buffer 1

Note: Possible fixed bug. See comments. A somewhat minor nuisance, but as the pedantic for these things :P When saving and opening a Session file the Session.vim file does: badd +1 file1 badd +1 ...
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How do I list only modified buffers in vim?

Sometimes when there are a lot of buffers, it becomes hard to see which buffers have been modified using :ls.
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Random characters appear in my buffer but they are not part of the current file

I really don't know what details to give except for some screenshots and my vimrc file, I think it is because of a plugin but I am really not sure. Random characters just appear. Note that they are ...
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Make vim remember the fileformat of a buffer

I am using vim to view Spyder's Python comman history. I set to :e +=ff=dos to get rid of ^M at the end of each line. When I switch to another file, then switch back, the fileformat is unix again. ...
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fun with symlink and buffers

I have a funny problem. I have the following symlink in /Users/eyalkarni/ AKA ~ .vimrc -> /Users/eyalkarni/vimpy3/.vimrc vimpy3 is a git repository. I opened ~/.vimrc in neovim and now I can't ...
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How to recover file overwritten by vim

I used the command :Texplore to rename a file in vim's file explorer. I closed the buffer that read the old file name into memory, then opened the new file name using a new instance of vim only to ...
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Save :Man window in session

TL;DR: I want to persist :Man windows in sessions I am obsessed with sessions, and use tpope's vim-obsession for managing them. Coupled with a scripted tmux, sessions make for a perfect "quit, go ...
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Can I use syntax highlighting on an unwritten buffer?

I pasted some code into a new, unwritten buffer in Vim. I'd like to do some quick edits on the code without saving it to a file, but it hurts my eyes to look at code without syntax highlighting. Can ...
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Apply templates when new file created

I have a file template which is rendered with replacing some stubs when new file created: augroup templates autocmd! autocmd BufNewFile *.java $r ~/.vim/templates/skeleton.java|call s:...
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autocmd for the event: “the first time a buffer is entered”

I know that the autocommand autocmd BufEnter will be triggered every time a buffer is entered. Is there a way to define an autocmd that will be triggered only the first time a buffer is entered?
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Why is network latency becomes too long when edit in the sshfs mounted files

I mounted the remote server directory to my local machine mount point with sshfs. Thus I could use my local vim to edit my code, it is much faster than editing with the vim installed to the remote ...
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How to open same file in multiple window but with changes present only in one window?

I want to view the initial copy of the file in a separate window while I make changes to the same file in another window. Is this possible?
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How to pin a file to a window(/viewport)

When I have multiple files open in multiple splits, when I open a new file via quickfix ( or Ctrl-P ), it sometimes ends up placing the new file in a window that I don't want to be changed. Is there ...
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how to close a single window by mentioning filename opened in that window

I want to close a window by mentioning window name in command line. For example, let's assume I have opened 1.c, 2.c and 3.c in different windows in vim. Now i'm in 2.c and i want to close 3.c. Is ...
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Why does renaming with :saveas not open the new named file in the current buffer? [closed]

When editing a file named oldFile, with the command :saveas newFileName I expected vim to save the current buffer under the new named file (i.e. newFileName) and set the filename of the current buffer ...
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Open all but one buffer in a separate tab

I have following in my ~/.vimrc to make sure that nerdtree opens for every tab: autocmd VimEnter * NERDTree I also have this in the ~/.vimrc to make sure that every new buffer opens in its own tab: ...
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Creating a hidden buffer

I know that with commands like sbuffer you can create a new buffer and display it in a split window, and commands like enew can create a new buffer in the current window. But is it possible to not ...
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Are there any performance difference between :edit and :buffer on existing unchanged buffer?

I used to believe that :buffer file is faster than :edit file if file is an existing unchanged buffer. I even created a tiny function for this: function! myvim#open(file) abort let nr = bufnr(a:...
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How to display all buffer names in tabline?

How do I display the list of all buffers in the tabline? I am using the lightline plugin, with the following settings in my .vimrc: set showtabline=2 let g:lightline = { 'colorscheme': 'PaperColor' } ...
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how to make buffer bar longer, show the names of more buffers

Currently my buffer bar (I don't know if this is the right word) looks like this: Even though my terminal is super wide, it displays the names of only 4 buffers I have open and then an ellipsis (...) ...
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Skip the quickfix list when buffer switching using :bn

Often when editing LaTeX files, you are constantly switching between your .tex, .sty and .bib files which are often in their own buffer. To navigate between those, I use the :bn and :bp commands ...
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How can I set Vim to switch to a buffer after I add it?

TLDR: Can I make Vim automatically switch to the buffer that I just opened? Please tell me if I'm using Vim wrong in this case or something. I'm currently working with foo.txt. I want to look at ...
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Open new file while keeping the focus on the the current buffer

It is possible to open a new file with :edit or :tabnew but without jumping to that new buffer ?
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Is it possible to simultaneously edit one file in two views?

I've been using Vim regularly for a decade, but still feel rather inexperienced because there is so much of Vim that I am not aware of and do not use. I sometimes want to see two different parts of ...
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Copy text from one buffer to another using Vimscript

I need to process text line by line in one buffer and append the processed text to another buffer in Vimscript. I can do this by using buffer switching ex commands, but I suspect it will cause ...
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How to set group of tabs and 1 single terminal in Vim 8?

I am a Vim beginner. I know you can do :tabnew file1 file2 to have Vim open up a bunch of files name file1, file2 spread across as tabs. I know you can move forward and backward between tabs. My ...
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Why buffer tab plugin not work with Neovim 0.4

I installed the latest Neovim 0.4 from scratch, install 'vim-plug', then add only 4 lines to my init.vim: call plug#begin('d:/neovim/nvim/plugged') Plug 'ap/vim-buftabline' set hidden call plug#end() ...
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Shell running inside vim windows

Is there a way that a open up a window or buffer, where i can run my bash commands? I thought on something like you know it from VS Code(1). The code windows on the top and a small command prompt on ...
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How to properly organize persistence of the vim state of all opened buffers?

Before switching to vim years ago I was using Sublime Text and it perfectly handled situations when I just close it and open again. Nothing is lost and at the place where I left it off. So I'm aiming ...
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how to control the :bp / :bn files I loop?

I'm using :bp to re-open the previous file I worked on, and :bn to go back, but I'm stuck on a loop with 3 files, and I only want to loop over 2 of them. Is there a way to edit the buffer and pop the ...
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how to set shortcut for CtrlPBuffer, just like ctrl-p for CtrlP

question for CtrlP users I have ctrl-p mapped to open file from the filesystem. I want to map ctrl-y to open a buffer that is already opened. how should I change my vimrc? does anyone know? Thanks!
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display list of buffers `ls` without scrolling down

Is there a way to display output at the bottom of the screen like ls does, but without scrolling down to accomodate the output? The Vim Wiki (no https) has the following snippet :nnoremap <A-n>...
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Why does not Vi buffer operation "n (double quote) work in Vim?

I have read from a book that, vi allows the following commands: "ayy, which means yank the current line into buffer named a. "dP, which means paste the content in buffer named d before the cursor. ...
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Open a second file and quit the previously opened one without saving

If I do something like this: vim i # Write some tmp text # This tmp file served it's purpose, want to quit this one and open a new one :e newfile # E37: No write since last change (add ! to override) ...
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track deletion and insertion of lines

The marks in vim knows the deletion and insertion of lines before it and their positions will keep updated. Is there a way to achieve these pragmatically? I am running an async task which is ...
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edit many files in one buffer

I have enjoyed coding not too large projects in one single file. This way I can press * on an identifier and find it without having to hop across buffers. But naturally this doesn't scale and at some ...
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How to get neighboring buffer numbers

Lets pretend I have a Vim session with buffers that look like this: +-------------+--------------+ | | | | | | | | | | ...
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Why does :new create a split?

Why does :new create a split? What is the use case for that functionality? Normally when I open a new scratch buffer, I don't want it to be in a split.
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How can I conveniently close all read-only buffers?

For a longer running vim session, the number of buffers increases. However, often $VIMRUNTIME files, system files and netrw buffers can usually be closed with “closed” eyes. These are typically read-...
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Last buffer order

I usually open files one in a single vim application. Occasionally, I open multiple files at once to fix some mistakes in batch, for example, after static analyzer. If I was edited files in the ...
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VIM: bufnr(“%”) not matching number from :buffers for NERDTree buffers

I am using NERDTree to open files. If I am on a file path in vim and I hit gf this works fine for files. For folders, gf opens a new NERDTree buffer in this folder which is fine. I can then choose a ...
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In Vim, how to tag/enrich buffers with custom information (that persist naturally)

Gday, I am trying to persist some state about my buffers, specifically terminal buffers, over vim sessions with :mksession through the plugin 'vim-session' by xolox. The goal is to assign labels to ...
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how to create a buffer like a fugitive temporary buffer

When we call :Gdiff on a file, fugitive will create a buffer with a name fugitive:///path/to/file/. The modifiable option is off and readonly option is on. Most importantly, the file does not exist on ...
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How can I see which buffers are in diff mode?

:ls shows my buffers and lists flags for each buffer, but doesn't list whether &diff is set. Plugins like unite's buffer source just rely on :ls output. Is there an easy way to list and manage ...