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How to do :Sex but with a vertical split?

When viewing a file /tmp/vim_split_demo/test.txt, the parent directory can be opened in a horizontal split screen using the command :Sex, as shown in these screenshots: What command gives same ...
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How to show only a specific file format in ctrlp results?

I am fairly new to Vim. I keep my notes in .md files and would like to access them with CtrlP from several different directories. I would like to set a specific filter on them, because now loading all ...
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Find project root relative to the active buffer

I can use the finddir function to find a parent folder that contains a .git folder (project root), like this: let dir = finddir('.git/..', ';') However, this only finds project roots that are parent ...
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How to find a executable file inside a folder?

I have the path of a folder in a variable, and for a custom debugging script I am making, i need to find an executable file inside that folder (the executable find is guaranteed to exist, but not to ...
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Different versions of vimrc being read [duplicate]

I have an absurd problem. Honestly, I have a hard time figuring out whether this belongs here or a Windows forum. Using Vim on Win10, I've changed my C:\Program Files (x86)\Vim\_vimrc from the awful ...
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Ask if file extension is missing when opening new file

I use auto completion in my shell (zsh) and I'm often a bit sloppy. Scenario: Imagine I have the files sourcecode.c and sourcecode.h in the current directory. I type vim sour<TAB><ENTER> ...
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How to escape paths for findfile() and finddir()?

I have run into an escaping problem with the path argument to findfile({name}, {path}) / finddir({name}, {path}). In my code path is a directory, obtained via fnamemodify(<file>, ':h'). Until ...
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How long can a file be non-existent when I'm saving it in vim

When I'm using vim to edit files in a django application that is running in developer mode I sometimes encounter this crash coming from the auto-reload utility: File "/home/zefciu/.virtualenvs/15five/...
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Saving .swp/.un~ files to subdirectories

Is there any way to save these files to automatically created subdirs? Google gave me no answers. The reason is simple- I work on several computers which I keep synced via git, so having these files ...
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How can I pass extra flags to FZF/ripgrep commands with the leader key?

Current functionality When I use <C-P> and <C-Å> I can respectively search file names and contents. Everything works great. Target functionality When prepending either with <leader&...
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How to write a value or variable into a file using only vimscript?

This question is very basic, but somehow absurdly difficult to find an answer for, because everything you find explains how to save the buffer, and I'm not interested in making new buffers or saving ...
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How to setup vim for working in a very large directory?

I am trying to setup my development environment using vim and some plugins. My workspace root is a directory with very large number of sub-directories and files. I am going to be working on files ...
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How to print the filename with parent directory in insert mode?

I know that I can print whole path by Ctrlr = expand('%:p') in insert mode. I can also print head/tail with expand('%:h'), expand('%:t'). I want to print the filename with it's parent directory. ...
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How to enable disabled movement keys in netrw?

Recently I started using and learning Vim. I turned off movement keys in my .vimrc file like this: noremap <Up> <NOP> noremap <Down> <NOP> noremap <Left> <NOP> ...
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What is the correct way to escape UNC paths?

Let's say there is a file \\server-42\tmp\dir\test.txt. When my plugin tries to execute this command via system() it triggers an error: cd "\\server-42\tmp\dir" && git ls-files --error-...
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Alter how oldfiles are displayed

Is it possible to "preprocess" the oldfiles list so that it's easier to navigate visually? As far as I can tell, the contents of the oldfiles list are presented as ordinary absolute paths, but with ...
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How to refresh the oldfiles list without restarting vim?

:browse oldfiles<cr> is useful for quickly navigating to a file I've worked on recently. Sometimes though, I want to suspend vim and do some grep or ack search and find a new file that I'm ...
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Is there a quick way to open a file anywhere within a directory hierarchy?

I am working with a new old code base where virtually all the interesting source files are three levels deep in the directory hierarchy. It's about 1.3M lines of code in more than 2000 .cpp files. The ...
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Checking if Makefile exists before executing autocmd

I want Vim to execute build the project automatically after I write the buffer to a *.c or *.cpp file. Here is what I've done: autocmd BufWritePost *.c,*.cpp make This one works as expected (but the ...
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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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What workflow to use when editing large multifile projects

Lately I've been shifting more nad more of my work from IntelliJ to vim. With a handful of plugins and setting tweaks, I don't miss the IDE much. One thing I do miss is the ease of navigating a large ...
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Multiple buffers of the same file

I ran into a problem when using the quickfix feature of vim. When I open up my source file in vim, a buffer of that file is created, and its name is shown on the status bar, let's say main.cpp. Then ...
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How do I open the last n files I was working on in vim?

I know that the :oldfiles command will show you a history of the files you last had open; but how do I open the last n files in one command...for instance, say I want to open files 0-n in the :...
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gf: can I get next file that matches?

I use gf to open "filename.h" from line like: #include "filename.h" in some C\C++ file. Sometimes there is more than one "filename.h" that gf command can find in path. But gf gets me to the first ...
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Is it possible to clone a directory with netrw?

When I mark a directory with mf, then use mc to copy into the target directory, it copies the contents only rather than the directory itself. I know I could make a new directory with d, then copy the ...
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Can I search through 'oldfiles' with a specific name or extension?

I use the oldfiles and browse oldfiles commands all the time. I find them extremely useful, because it's easier to hit my leader mapping, scan through the files really quickly, and hit q<number>...
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Is there an elegant way to determine if a file exists in/under runtimepath?

I wonder if there is an elegant way to determine if a specific file exists in/under one of the entries of &rtp. Currently, I use the following construct: let s:found_ = 0 for s:dir_ in split(&...
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Can I iterate through files with a certain extension from the vim command line?

Pretty frequently while I'm using vim, I'll run into something like this. I want to edit a specific .txt file, that is under ~/Documents/myProj, but I don't remember the name of the file. So I will do ...
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How can I get vim to include suffixes in <cfile>?

In part of a plugin I'm slowly building, I use <cfile> to get the file pointed by the word under the cursor and then do something if it points to a directory, or open the file pointed to ...
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Reading external file data at the end of the buffer

If I am in the middle of the buffer and want to append external file data to the current buffer. So far I move to end of the file with G and reading the data :r file so it is doing the work ...... Is ...
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A side pane file explorer that can list files by modification dates?

I am looking for a way to be able to open a side pane listing the files in the current directories where the listing is sorted by modification dates. I want to be able to open the files from the ...
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Is it possible to open a new file that starts with '+'?

I cannot figure out how to open a file that starts with +, e.g. +models/File.m. This is a naming convention for packages in Matlab. I've tried escaping \+models/File.m. This doesn't work because the ...
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How can I securely restrict vim access to a single file?

So first, I realize that this question is slightly out of the ordinary for this site. I will explain the backstory to avoid the XY problem. Over on Programming Puzzles and Code Golf, lots of users (...
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How to pass current file name with a different path to the command line

Is there any way to make the special symbol % work with path names on the command line? For instance, I'd like to do: :diffsplit Path\to\other\directory\% So that I can do a @: to quickly compare ...
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Creating a list of files contained in a buffer

Let's say I have the following buffer: foo.txt bar buzz.txt fizz/foo.txt fizz/fuzz/fozz.txt Representing an arborescence that I need to create. How can I easily create it from Vim? I.e. How can I ...
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explore, netrw: How to navigate to a file / folder starting with “abc”

Is there any way to jump to a file / folder starting with a given set of characters?
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Copying absolute filepath of selected file in Netrw

Is it possible to copy the absolute filepath of the file under the cursor in Netrw?
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Open files with “whitespace names” from within Vim with gx

I have a file, e.g. ~/abc def.mp3 that I want to open from within a Vim buffer that already contains these lines. If there were no whitespaces in the filename, I could simply open the file with the ...
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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 ...
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Choose file with browser to :read into buffer

I want to :r[ead] a file into current buffer, and the file should be picked with the browser (that opens automatically e.g. when trying to :e[dit] a directory. :e ~/.vim/ opens a file browser in the ~...
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How do I open a file using `gf` in case-insensitive manner?

I want to open Test.txt file when I put the cursor on the word test.txt and type gf. Is it possible?
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How do I copy a file in netrw?

The current working directory is ./A/B/. An empty document is opened when I type vim, and the netrw is opened with command :e. The window is split by vs., and I can navigate to the upper level ...
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How do I copy the directory structure into the text of a file?

This might be more of a bash question than vim, but I thought I should start here. Frequently when editing code, it would be "nice" to copy and paste the directory structure into a text editor. For ...
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How to insert a file path with tab- or autocompletion relative to the current file's dir?

I am in vim in the .gitignore file. I now want to add a file path that already exists on the current dir, e.g. ./app/poit/narf/auth.json I don't want to type it though, I want to navigate to that ...
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How do I open file under cursor, when the filename has a trailing dot?

There is a file with name ./folderA/folderB/file.. And there is text: ./folderA/folderB/file.:abcdefg When I move the cursor on letter B and type <c-w>f, it says E447: Can't find file "./...
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Make findfile() always return full path

While I was answering another question, I noticed an odd behaviour in the functions finddir() and findfile(). According to the help page, both of these functions will return the full path to the ...
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What are the differences between :wq<cr> :x<cr> and ZZ when exiting vim?

Vi and Vim, as all of you know, have many synonyms. There are three ways I know of to save the file and exit Vim and Vi. These are :wq <cr>, :x <cr> and ZZ. I have heard that these are ...
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Read file from vimscript variable

I can run this snippit of code within a vimscript block: 0read /home/user/.vim/bundle/vim-lorum/lorums/lorum.js As expected, it puts the contents of "lorum.js" into the current buffer But, I need ...
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Open a file at the given line using the colon notation

I'm often using grep to search for patterns and then opening the file with vim. For example I've the following result in my shell: interactions/BlockInteraction.js:38: .concat(...
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Filename Completion for Remote Files

My friend showed me a cool trick on Emacs some days ago where he could just open a file on a remote server and I instantly thought "there should be a way to do that in vim too" and it was true. I ...