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

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Periodic W11 “File has changed” warnings when reading file

I'm on Archlinux with vim 8.2.2380. Since running updates yesterday, I'm getting W11 warnings periodically just by having a file open in a buffer which has changed on the FS (e.g. when opening log ...
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How to sort the list of buffers

How to sort the list of buffers Vim displays on entering :b <Tab> by most recent? I'm used to the Spacemacs ordering, which displays buffer filenames in separate rows (vertically) in the order ...
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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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Is there a way to list recent buffer history?

I just started using buffers in Vim and I couldn't figure out how to list recent closed buffers. Is there a simple way (like :ls) to list those? Are they actually stored by Vim? Maybe I'm misusing ...
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Automatically save deleted lines to a new file?

I have a to do list that I manage in vim. I want to keep track of things I remove from the list. After I type dd to delete a line, I want to write this line to a different file. I only want this ...
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Display all the buffers in all the open vim Windows?

There's this really great feature in Firefox, where you can search all the open tabs by typing % and then typing what open tab you are searching for. Is it possible to do something similar to this ...
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Making functions react to keypress

Im very new to vim scripting. I have the following script in my .vimrc: If there is no user input aka I press <CR> => go to recent buffer If input is 'd' => delete all buffers except for ...
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Can you turn a popup into a regular buffer?

I have a popup / floating window open which is normally used for temporary jobs, like searching the code or opening a quick REPL. Is it possible to turn that into a regular buffer? While I have it ...
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What's the best way to auto hide a custom bufferline when there is only one buffer listed?

this is gonna be a lengthy question. I'm developing a neovim bufferline plugin which shows a list of all the buffers in the tabline. I'm trying to implement a auto-hide feature, where the bufferline ...
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Open buffer without loading ftplugins

I have huge file and quite slow plugin (loaded by vim-plug) for corresponding filetype. I want following: Plugin is loaded by default Option to fast open this file without loading plugin. Something ...
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Useful script to manage buffer and window?

Given the scenario: I want to create a vertical split from current buffer for reference another file/the same file. After I've done with this split I don't want to see this buffer-for-reference in ...
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How to go to previous open buffer from Vim command line?

I am trying to write a Vim function which should make the window go to the previous open buffer. How can I do it from the command line? My first idea was to find out some CTRL-O command line ...
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Measurement/ tracking the time for editing a file (overall and statistics)

I use vim for coding and also for writing scientific articles and book chapters. It would be very interesting to know the time I spent on a file. For example how many hours or minutes the buffer was ...
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Select buffer from list of buffers filtered by a partial name match?

Let's say I entered a folder with many files and I opened them with vim *. I know that if I want to list all the files inside the buffer I can use the command :ls, and then I can navigate those files ...
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Why does Vim load buffers from old session when new one is started?

The situation is this: I have 2 sessions: s1.vim and s2.vim. First one was saved with files A, B, C in buffers list. Second one was saved with file A. Next I start vim: vim -S s1.vim. :ls shows A, B, ...
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Is there any way of editing multiple files in a buffer at once?

Let's say I have 10 files inside a folder and I open them all with vim *. All those files will be opened in the buffer. Many times when I want to edit all of them at once, I create a small macro that ...
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Prevent cycling / wrapping to first buffer after last

I have opened multiple buffers and I cycle between them using :bnext and :bprevious. How can I prevent vim from cycling to the first buffer when using :bnext on the last buffer / cycling to the last ...
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How to avoid :bnext cycling back to the first buffer? [duplicate]

I like using Vim for presentations, and I use :bnext and :bprev to switch between buffers, where each buffer contains the data for a slide. One annoyance however is that :bnext on the last buffer (...
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Where are buffer level variables stored in Vim? And how to get their RAM / storage usage?

Where does Vim store b: buffer level variables / dictionaries? RAM or some kind of file on a disk? If it stores it in RAM, how to get an estimate of RAM / storage used by a particular variable / ...
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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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Limit `:bufdo` to only visible/active buffers

Working on a larger project, I tend to switch from topic to topic using git. Some times I want to run a command on all the buffers that are related to the topic at hand. I can do a :bufdo, but this ...
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Buffer list per window

How could I get something like a buffer/argument list or a filter for individual windows, with a chosen subset of the buffers? So I could have a window just for header files in C (files ending in .h)...
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Toggle fzf.vim if already open

I am trying to write a vim function to toggle the fzf window if it is already open using fzf.vim. The use case is if I am in the :Buffers view and I want to change to the :Files view if I try to ...
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Reloading buffers silently after an executed script changes the underlying files directly

I'm wrapping a command line script in a function and then in a command, which supplies this script with 2 arguments: nnoremap <leader>G :BxSedRi 'src/', 's/\<<C-r><C-w>\> ...
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Search multiple buffers without replacing

Opening all 49 files in my working folder in separate buffers, I wanted to see if there were any em dashes. I typed :bufdo /— and vim immediately went to work, processing a page of buffers at a time. ...
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Vimtex: `latexmk` compiler gives “no file name specified” error even after a new buffer is written to a file

When I open a new instance of vim without any 'filename' argument and write some LaTeX code, I cannot just compile it to pdf with latexmk, because it needs a file to compile from. However, even after ...
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How to implement an autocommand that deletes a buffer when it's being hidden and when it hasn't been modified in the last N seconds?

I'm trying to implement a simple autocommand, which deletes a buffer when it's hidden, with a condition that the file hasn't been modified in the last N seconds. I have the following code in ~/.vim/...
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Call range argument to execute in python terminal embeded in vim

Initial window: My expectation: to copy whole or a part of python code in the right window into the left window's python terminal and execute. My .vimrc setting: function! CopyPasteBuffer() ...
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Buffers that are neither active nor hidden

Both :ls and :buffers display a list with buffer information, giving indicators for each buffer. For example, # means the alternate buffer, and % means the current buffer. The meaning of each ...
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Forcing integrated terminal to scroll down after relayed command

I have a plugin which integrates a terminal that I can send commands through using a custom command I made. The only issue I'm having is that sometimes after the terminal gets clogged, it tends not to ...
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Automatically resize window based on filetype

I have a nifty autocommand in my vimrc that automatically maximizes any :help window: augroup LargeHelpWindow autocmd! autocmd BufWinEnter * if &l:buftype ==# 'help' | wincmd _ | endif ...
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Append a line after matched multiline pattern

i want to run this global command : /3)\(.*\n\?.*\)\{1,10\};;/ which matches multlines. I want to append a line after the matched block(of lines) across multiple buffers. I don't know where to begin ...
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How to list open buffers simplified

I'd like to use ls command to show opened buffers. I'd like to make the output of this command as simple as possible. I'd like to see only the buffers' names, numbers and status (#,%,+,..). I don't ...
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Copy lines and execute in terminal window

Edit a python file with vim adddf.py, and type vert term and python3, there are two windows in vim. cat adddf.py def add_df(df,number): import re new_df = pd.DataFrame() nrow = df.shape[0] ...
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Options readonly vs nowrite

Apologies if this is duplicate. I have searched and haven't found any related questions. What is the difference between the options readonly and nowrite? The reference manual says: readonly: If on, ...
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Is there an easy way to close a scratch buffer/preview window?

One of the plugins I have installed (probably Supertab) provides a nice view of documentation for the currently highlighted item in the completion menu: The (apparently) scratch buffer remains open ...
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How to close the netrw buffer/window from any other window

I would like to have the behavior where I can run :Vex<CR> when pressing <Tab> in normal mode: nnoremap <Tab> :Vex<CR> ... to open the netrw file tree window and then I would ...
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Fastest way to switch to a buffer in vim?

One way to select a buffer in vim could be to browse the buffers list, using standard commands as :ls, or with some external plugin / vimscript code to browse a list in a window. Let's say I want to ...
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W11: File has changed since editing started

When a file is changed (e.g. by checking out another git branch), and i reload it with :bufdo e, I get the message W11: Warning: File "foo.bar" has changed since editing started See ":...
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Mapping specific for diff mode and vimdiff

My idea is that whenever &diff is true for a buffer, I would like some mappings to be active when that buffer is the current buffer. The following attempt works for when I open a session in diff ...
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BufWinLeave * mkview with unnamed file: Error 32

Following this good piece of advice, I have added these lines to my .vimrc. augroup AutoSaveFolds autocmd! autocmd BufWinLeave * mkview autocmd BufWinEnter * silent loadview augroup END It ...
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Plugin to edit whole datasets/projects

I'm using vim all the time for text editing these days, and have a particular use case: editing a dataset using successive commands. The main problem, as often, is fixing things, ideally rather ...
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vim command line option to quit buffer if empty?

I have a few shell scripts where I find files and open them in vim, with the filenames being stored in shell variables that are passed to vim. Since I don't want to start a vim session unless at least ...
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Dump the output of internal vim command into buffer

How do I dump an internal vim command (not shell command) into a new buffer? For example, I want to dump a listing of all plugins into :enew from :scriptnames so that I can search it.
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Unclosed expression sequence error when setting statusline?

I am trying to display the number of loaded buffers on my statusline using: ... set statusline += %{len(getbufinfo({"buflisted":1}))} ... The error I get is : E540: Unclosed expression ...
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Print command output on terminal on vim exit

I am trying to run shellcheck upon exiting vim, however I do not get the output of the command I run. I've tested running something like touch foo instead, and I managed to see the file being created, ...
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Delete buffer only when a specific buffer is deleted

I've configured Vim to look like this: +------------------------------------+ | N | Code | | E | | | R | | | D |...
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When opening an existing session and an existing file at the same time, the focus goes to the last opened file in the session

When doing this: vim -S Session.vim OTHER_FILE The shown buffer contains the last opened file in the Session.vim and not the file OTHER_FILE. I find this behavior a bit disturbing, I would have ...
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How to navigate vim buffers using quickfix list?

I am trying to come up with a way to populate the vim quickfix window with the output from :ls I tried some variants like cexpr ":execute ls" but it doesn't work. Can someone please help me ...
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Get first and last visible line from other buffer than current

I know that I can get the first and last visible lines in the current buffer by using line('w0') and line('w$'), but is there a way to do it for other buffers that are visible but not active as well? ...

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