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Questions about making Vim to have a defined behavior according the type of the edited file.

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How can I change the default indentation based on filetype?

I'd like to have different indentations based on the type of file I am working on. For example, working on a .c file I'd like my indentation be 4 spaces. In .html files I'd like to (have to) work with ...
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Vim never shows line number for Python files even though I have `.vimrc`

I found it strange that I can never have Vim show line number automatically for .py files, even if I have this as my ~/.vimrc set background=dark autocmd FileType py,c set number Strangely enough, ...
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Support for embedded languages

Vim supports syntax highlighting for embedded languages or fenced code in markdown (:h :syn-include). However, you usually want that other vim settings and mappings are adjusted for embedded languages ...
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How to create a new vim filetype?

I have html settings set up in my ~/.vim/ftplugin/html.vim file. I would like these settings to apply to Rhtml files as well. I made a symbolic link with ln -s ~/.vim/ftplugin/html.vim ~/.vim/...
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Why is "set noexpandtab" in my ~/.vimrc ignored when I open a file? [duplicate]

I'm using Mac OS X 10.12 and I have set noexpandtab in my ~/.vimrc There are 2 different behaviors : $ vim file.py If run Vim (8.0) to open one file and type :set expandtab?, it says expandtab $ vim ...
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In what order does vim read ftplugin files, syntax files, and the .vimrc when `filetype plugin on` and `set syntax=filetype` are called?

I've had some issues reconciling my .vimrc with files in ftplugin and after/ftplugin. In what order are they all read? For example: When vim encounters the line plugin filetype on in a .vimrc file, is ...
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Where do filetype-specific autocommands live?

I have a plugin for a specific filetype (*.tex), and I'm wondering where I can find all the commands which are executed when I type :e examplefile.tex? In general, is there a standardized practice for ...
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How to edit binary files with Vim?

Is there a way to edit binary files in some kind of hexadecimal mode? For example if I have some binary data shown by xxd or hexdump -C like this: $ hexdump -C a.bin | head -n 5 00000000 cf fa ed ...
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How to tell Vim not to try to unzip a file?

I'm trying to open an .xlsx file in Vim, but got an error saying: ***error*** (zip#Browse) unzip not available on your system I know it's a binary file, but I want to do some checksums and probably ...
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How can I make highlighting commands in .vimrc take effect immediately with Vim 7.4?

I have several highlight commands in my .vimrc file. In Vim 7.3, these took effect immediately after Vim had started. After updating to Vim 7.4, this is not the case anymore. Vim uses its default ...
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What is the difference between 'set ft=' and 'setfiletype'?

I am using vim 8.1. When I need to change the default filetype for .s extension to gas (which by default is asm), I first look for the default command to set filetype in /usr/share/vim/vim81/filetype....
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How do I define an autocommand to work on all files excepted a certain filetype?

For example, I have the following autocommand definition: augroup cursorline autocmd! autocmd WinLeave,BufLeave * set nocursorline autocmd WinEnter,BufEnter * set cursorline augroup end ...
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Use single ftplugin for more than one filetype

I have an ftplugin under &runtimepath/ftplugin/c.vim which sets all my preferred options for c files. However, I would also like to use the same settings for cpp files. I could just copy the ...
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How to do file type detection based on file contents (e.g. a certain shebang line)?

I have created a few scripts in .vim/ftdetct to e.g. detect the filetype of sshconfig files based on their filename: autocmd BufRead,BufNewFile ~/.ssh/host-* setfiletype sshconfig Now, how can I make ...
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Multiple vimrc files for different file types in vim?

I'm a vim beginner. I want to handle multiple programming languages. I find great resources for how to perfect vim for one programming language by putting ton of stuff in one vimrc file. This is ...
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How do I elegantly override file type detection patterns with more specific patterns

I have a file in my ~/.vim/ftdetect directory, which includes configuration such as: autocmd BufRead,BufNewFile,BufWritePost .envrc.template set filetype=sh However, I also have the vim-polyglot ...
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Set mappings depending on file type

I'd like to set some file-type dependent mappings to quickly run files. For example, I have some mappings like these: nnoremap <silent><leader>z :w<CR> :!clear; gcc %; ./a.out<cr&...
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formatoptions for hybrid (short markup + long paragraphs) content

I am trying to write my PhD thesis in vim using LaTeX So the documents will have two distinct types of content - markups that are relatively short, and paragraph text that is rather long. \begin{...
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How do I tell vim that some file extensions are synonymous?

I edit C++ code in .cpp files, while template code goes into .tcc files. When I open such a file, no syntax highlighting is available. I tried set syntax=cpp in a a tpp.vim file in ~/.vim/ftplugin/, ...
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Is it possible and useful to split vimrc?

As per the title, is it possible to split the vimrc file in several sub-files? Keep separate files for groups of settings that concern one thing? This thing might be anything, any kind of user-...
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What does "filetype plugin on" really do?

I understand that it loads the ftplugin.vim file, but what does it really do? Does it set options (depending on the filetype)? If I were to include this line at the start of my vimrc filetype plugin ...
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Open .md files as Markdown

Vim, by default, opens all .md files as "modula2" code. I have never heard of modula2, nor do I plan to use it. How can I tell vim to always treat foo.md as Markdown (as if I had typed :set ft=...
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The first and last 5 lines of a file? Use for file specific spell ignore list?

Rumor has reached me that it is possible to place vim commands in the first five, or in the last five lines of a a file. But, I could not find this in Google. Any leads would be appreciated. I ...
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How can I automate filetype detection when using sudoedit?

sudoedit/sudo -e is often used for safely editing files as root. The way it works: sudoedit copies the named files to temporary files Then it opens the temporary files using the commands specified by ...
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Setting up ++ft according to the file extension

I have a lot of *.sage that follow the Python syntax. However, VIm does not recognize this. Can I make VIm set ++filetype based solely on the file extension?
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Where are vim compound (dotted) filetypes documented

Vim has some kind of support for dot-separated compound filetypes like "ruby.rspec" where settings/definitions for both will be loaded. I see mentions of it around the internet but I can't find any ...
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Run file though a command when opening from Explore

I have configured vim to automatically decompile ".class" files similar to the instructions in: http://vim.wikia.com/wiki/VimTip54. I have made a minor change to use cfr_0_115 as below: augr class ...
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"^[[201~" character being pasted at the end of file

I'm trying to copy-paste by hand this file, but whenever I paste the contents in vim the last line shows this weird character at the end of the line ^[[201~. My guess is that it's one of those wrong ...
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Why files in `~/.config/nvim/after/ftplugin/` are not taken into acount?

My neovim doesn't load file type plugins when loading a ruby/eruby file. Here is the corresponding configuration files: for f in ~/.config/nvim/after/ftplugin/* ; do echo "# $f" ; cat $f; done # /...
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How do I port a filetype command to neovim's lua format?

Currently my .vimrc file has this in it, filetype plugin indent on -- filetype detection[ON] plugin[ON] indent[ON] How can I port filetype plugin indent on to neovim's lua format?
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Selectively enable a subset of vim plugins for specific category of workflows (plugin virtualenv for vim projects)

I use vim for many different categories of projects, typically: Writing code (3 languages, python, Matlab and C) Writing documentation ( .rst, .html) Writing reports (.tex) Readme file (.md) As a ...
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Autocmd on directory to replace netrw

I use the ranger plugin wich I can trigger with a shortcut. But when I open a directory I would like to use the plugin instead of netrw. So I have found that the filetype of directories is netrw, ...
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Vim not recognizing markdown and tex files

Here is a sample of my .vimrc, that doesn't do a thing (the autocmd does not work) when I open a .md or .tex file, but works fine for .py files: augroup filetype_python autocmd FileType python ...
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How do I use regular expressions in ternary statements / keymappings?

I'd like to create a keymapping with a conditional statement, so that it behaves differently when a given line is blank. This thread gave me the following snippet, which is great – except that it ...
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filetype plugin indent on is blowing up my vim

I have the following vimrc. I noticed that there is a single line that's blowing up my usage of the FZF :BTags command: filetype plugin indent on Ie when I run the command :BTags I get this error ...
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