Questions tagged [file-operations]

Questions about moving, deleting, or opening files; or about the difference between a buffer and its file. For topics such as saving files, use the buffers tag instead.

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How do I reload the current file?

Quite often I am working with files that are version controlled, so it is possible for changes to be made to them outside of Vim. What is a quick way to reload the file without having to close and ...
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How can I rename the file I'm editing?

Is it possible to rename the file I'm editing from within Vim? Currently what I do is exit Vim, rename the file and open from Vim again.
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Browse oldfiles list length

I use :browse oldfiles command to open recent files quickly. The list becomes very long with time -- I have 100 items in the list and need to tap space to complete this action. I want to reduce this ...
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How do I break a file into two?

I am writing some documentation (a user guide), in markdown in Vim. I now realise what I though should be one page, really should be 2. But I've already written alot of of both halves How can I ...
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Vim is displaying some info and “Press ENTER …” when I open a file

From time to time I see something like in the status bar when I open a file: "Gemfile" 112L, 2941C "Gemfile" 112 lines --62%-- Press ENTER or type command to continue Where is it coming from? How to ...
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How can I copy the current file and start editing the copy instead of the current file?

Say I'm editing file foo. I want to copy/write what I have in the buffer to bar and change the buffer to be editing bar instead of foo. I can achieve this with: :w bar :e bar But that has a few ...
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How to copy the current line(s) out to a new file?

I'm reading through a very large web service log, and I want to pull a single line out from the file, and write it to a new file. The log lines consist of web service request XML, so they are long ...
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Save current file and open another for editing

Is there a way to effectively combine :w and :e commands so that the current file is saved and a new one is opened for editing in one go? And to do so in a way that allows tab completion of path and ...
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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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Opening recent files issue

TLDR: How can I open a file from the list of recent files without going to the end of the list to get to the prompt for file number? In order to open recent files, I do :bro ol and then when I see ...
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When editing a ruby file with includes/requires how can I open the file containing the method I am on?

I have a bunch of includes at the top of my file. Then I use methods from the helpers throughout my file. How can I have it so that when my cursor is on a method name my editor can (by some ...