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

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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 ...
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How could I maintain split layout when deleting buffers?

I opened 5 buffers and in one of them I use the command :vs to split the current buffer screen into two. When I use the command <leader>d to close one of the splitted buffers, the consequence is ...
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How come the splitted window failed to update its shapes along with the whole window

By the normal mode command :vs, I split the current buffer into two equally sized buffers. Then I resize the whole terminal window and only find the left portion of the screen remains the same as ...
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Switching buffers in VI while skipping any terminal in VI 8.1

I am using multiple files within the same tab and when I switch buffers using :bn I reach the terminal, at which point I have to issue the command again to move. Here is the catch, I am using keymaps ...
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How to add files to argument list without adding them to buffer list?

I would like to run some command on each .js file of project. Argument list seems like a perfect usecase for it. :arga **/*.js :argdo 'some_command' The problem is that using :arga **/*.js adds all ....
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Maximizing gVim on Windows 10 while also restoring all open files / tabs

On Windows 10, I installed gVim 8.1, so far I have made the following progress to make it usable for me: I made changes directly to _vimrc file, in spite I know there is also a gVim specific ...
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Strange behaviour when switching buffers in vim (syntax highlighting and keymaps cease to work until .vimrc source)

I have set up the following list of commands to switch buffers: (in a .vim file i source from my .vimrc to keep it organised) ...
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How to open file based on current file path

Is there a way to retrieve the current filepath, modify it, and open the result? To be more specific, let's say I'm editing ./some/file/awesome.controller.ts Then I'd like to automatically open ./...
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Overwrite buffer with system clipboard by ex command

I'm trying to find the right ex command to overwrite the current vim buffer with the system clipboard. The relevant system clipboard register is "+ in this case. My first guess was to use :%+p; i.e. ...
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Why does “E89: No write since last change” error not occur when commands are joined with bar?

I have :set hidden set in my ~/.vimrc. First I did this: vim foo bar :bnEnter ihelloEsc :bpEnter :bd#Enter The :bd# command leads to this error: E89: No write since last change for buffer 2 (add ! ...
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Why does :bd # delete the current buffer when no alternate buffer exists?

Here is how I reproduce the behavior I am observing. First, I enter this command: echo aaaaa > a vim a In Vim, I enter these commands: :ls :e # :echo bufname('#') Here is the output of the ...
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Is it possible to not have the same buffer open in multiple windows?

When we have a buffer open, and we open a new one with :split or :vsplit, if in any opened window we execute :bprev or :bnext, we could have the same buffer open at the same time in both windows. Is ...