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Questions about Vim's built-in help system, which is accessible through the :help command

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On string concatenation, what's the difference between . and .. (single dot and double dot)?

From the :execute help (:h :exe): *:exe* *:execute* :exe[cute] {expr1} .. Executes the string that results from the evaluation of {expr1} as an Ex command. ...
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Make Line Numbers Appear in Documentation

I have set number in my init.vim (I am using neovim) and it works fine for any buffers I'm editing. However, I have to enter :set number into the command line to make line numbers appear in the ...
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Disabling Help menu in ubuntu vi

There have been many postings on this issue but none have worked for me. I'm running vim 8.2 on linux ubuntu 20.04, which maybe why some of the postings haven't worked. Like many, I'd like to ...
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What are the E tags in vim help?

I've been browsing vim's help and noticed there are some topics which have multiple E### tags and others with just a single E### tag. I'm curious as to what the significance of these E### tags are. My ...
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“auto-complete” normal mode command?

Once I press g (or anything that enters operator pending mode), is there a way to see what keys could follow (e.g. gf, ga etc)? Alternatively, is there a way to search builtin + mapped keys by regex? ...
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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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What exactly Ctrl + Shift + Right arrow does? How can I remap it or find help on this key combination?

I've noticed that pressing Ctrl+ Shift+ Right deletes text until some criteria are met but I can't figure out exactly what that is. I'm also unsure how to find help when a character doesn't have a ...
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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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Prevent help page folds from being lost

When I open a help page, create a manual fold, set bufhidden=hide and buflisted, then navigate away from that page, the fold is not restored upon returning. $ vim -u NONE :help " create a manual ...
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Why some shortcuts aren't listed on index.txt ? Is there a complete list?

The file index.txt is claiming to be a list of all commands, but some keyboard shortcuts are listed on other files and not here. And sometimes, the definition is a bit different in other files. Are ...
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Is it safe to define more than 120 signs?

I am working on a plugin that could potentially define more than 120 different signs. The vim / neovim documentation specifies that you can define about 120 signs (not sure why this number and why so ...
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How to find next match by “:help”?

For example, you are using "mattn/emmet.vim", and command :help todo, it shows emmet-todo. Not vim side's todo. I'd like to find vim side's todo, but can't go to next match... how can I go ...
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CTRL-] keys not working with very specific tags

So, I'm trying to use vim's help tags in my notes files, so that i can easily reach them (without using ex command or making a new keymapping). For that, i used: set tags=$VIMRUNTIME/doc/tags to set ...
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Single page version of docs

I would like to read the Vim user guide and reference docs and man pages on my Kindle Paperwhite. Does anyone know of a single page web readable version of the docs? Or even a PDF? Https://vim.help is ...
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How to add translated help to vim?

I have vim 8.1 installed. I want to use the help files translated into french. The debian package vimhelp-fr is not maintained any more, the compressed tar is unavailable, so I installed the version 6....
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Where is vim man-page online and within vim help? (e.g., in vimhelp.org, and from :help)

Q1: Where can I find the vim man page online? (an up-to-date version) Q2: Where can I find the vim man page within the vim help system? (i.e., :help) http://vimhelp.org looks like the canonical up-to-...
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How to list all help subjects and help files?

Q1: How can I list all vim help subjects (topics)? i.e., the {subject} argument for :h[elp] {subject} Q2: How can I list all vim help files? My particular use case is that I want to see help for my ...
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Where is the help function defined or located?

I'm trying to find where the help function/command is defined. So far I tried: :verbose function help but since the h isn't in uppercase, it doesn't work (not sure if it's even a function at this ...
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How to cycle through all “tags” matching `:h {subject}`?

Suppose :h {subject} results in multiple matches for the tag {subject}. The :h entry says that the "best" match will be used, which is not very useful, If I don't know exactly what to search ...
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How to search for documentation on an option which is also a vim command argument? [duplicate]

When a Vim option is also a Vim command argument, :help opens the command argument help page. How can I direct :help to get the option page? For example, trying :help verbose opens the -V verbose ...
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Convert VIM doc (vim help) to Markdown or vice versa [duplicate]

Suppose you are writing a vim plugin hosted on Github (which seems to be a standard for now). You don't want to maintain two help files: README.md (Markdown) and doc/your_plugin.txt (vim help) with ...
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Help navigating help files

In the case below, how would I find what the definition of [cmd] or [range] or {pattern} is ? I have tried CTRL-] with my cursor on these, but this does not do anything.
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`:help` returns an “E432: Tags file not sorted” error

I am attempting to use to the :help command in Neovim however the following error is returned: E432: Tags file not sorted: /Users/seeker/.config/nvim/plugged/nerdtree/doc/tags E432: Tags file not ...
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:help - is there something like apropos?

A very helpful comment led me to investigate :help mode-switching where after typing :help mode I used autocomplete to explore which additional help topics contained mode. This was a very large ...
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How to show the name of a help buffer in the tabline of the airline?

I use :h command to open a help buffer. When I switch to other buffers, I can't go back to the opened help buffer. How can I show the name of a help buffer in the tabline of the airline?
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Can the temp gzip decompression location for the integrated help documents be changed from /tmp?

Is it possible to configure vi to use a different location, say my home directory, for the uncompressed help files (or maybe to open them in RO if that's the problem)? When attempting to open a help ...
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What does `idem` mean in the VIM docs?

One example would be in the List docs: :unlet list[3] "idem
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help {subject} path precedence

:h {subject} reads If there is no full match for the pattern, or there are several matches, the "best" match will be used. A sophisticated algorithm is used to decide which match is better than ...
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Why are helptags not shipped with plugins?

Part of the job performed by virtually all plugin managers in Vim is to create helptags, which will index the help files shipped with the plugins and will allow searching for commands and mappings ...
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Ctrl-] matching single word in custom tags

When using vim's help I can jump to multi-word tags, but when creating my own tags Ctrl-] tries to match individual words. Consider the following example: file.txt |a-tag| *a-tag* When ...
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How do I create the help system for Vim?

I built Vim from source and unfortunately when doing this the help system is not created (in other words you get an error if you execute :h). What is the procedure for creating the help system? This ...
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BufRead autocmd error for “*.*” and E45

I have vim version 7.4.1689. It was running quite smoothly. But recently I noticed a problem that I didn't have before. Whenever I run :help <something> in command mode the following error shows ...
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install / repair help system

I built vim from source on Arch Linux and the help system is not present. I do not see any help-related options when I do vim --version. I assume it is either broken somehow or not installed. How can ...
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How to go to different matching entry in vim's help [duplicate]

Example: I tried finding out about foldclose because it sounded strange to me that it isn't a binary setting but still only knows the value "all". I typed :h foldclose and landed on a description of ...
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Best practices and tools for documenting vimscript functions?

I have quickly skimmed through :h user-functions and a couple random vim plugins and all I could find were patterns like " one-line short function description function foo() <function body here&...
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Help for filetype specifics

I often find myself jotting notes in Vim using an empty buffer which in this case has 'no ft' (status line). I know I could set the filetype with :setfiletype text but I honestly wonder what that ...
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Generating help tags for packages that are loaded by Vim 8's package management

I have a few packages installed in my ~/.vim/pack/default/start directory, for example Tabular and Unicode. After starting up vim I can use these packages but cannot access their help information. ...
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How to create man-pages and link them like in vim help system?

I would like to create documentation just like vim-help system . Multiple .txt files with links and cross references and where I can jump foreward CTRL+] and back using CTRL+T. How is it done?
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Where are the French help files?

Background: I'm an english-speaking, francophone student. In an effort to improve my vocabulary, my MacBook has been running in French since January, when I arrived in France. Incidentally, this means ...
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How do you get help with operators?

How can I get help on operators as opposed to normal mode commands? For example, if I type the following: :h . Then I will get the help on the normal mode dot command, not on the string ...
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Helptags has unexpected behavior if tag has hyphen

I'm creating a plugin and I'm writing its documentation according to :helptags. However I cannot link my tags if they have an hyphen in them. The strange thing is that help-writing itself has a hyphen ...
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vimscript: get result of cmdline-completion Ctrl-a

Need a function that, returns a string, which is result of cmdline-completion Ctrl-a, i.e., a list of words seperated by space. given an input string of partial ex-command. For example, given :h ...
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What is the command for indenting code in vim with syntastic plugin? [closed]

I need to know how to reindent the code with syntastic. I have tried using: :call Retab() ## it is showing it's invalid :call GetPythonIndent(v:lnum) I need a plugin support.Plz don't provide ...
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Piping to vim vs vim -

When I pipe text to vim I discovered that by using: cat somefile | vim - it works properly, whereas: cat somefile | vim makes a mess of the code. For example, type: cat test.pl | vim where test....
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Plugin help files not found

I am on windows 10 and installed pathogen into home/vimfiles/autoload, and as far as I know all went well. Following the directions here, I installed nerdcommenter. I restarted gvim, tried :help ...
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Setting custom statusline for help window

I've been trying to set a custom statusline for help files. I tried: set statusline=%!StatusLine() function! StatusLine() if &ft == 'help' let b:status = "%#error#[HELP]%*" else ...
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Is there a help plugin which can behave like guake for vim?

I am new to VIM and have been looking for a feature/plugin like guake for terminals wherein I could open the help functionality in a dropdown box without typing :q to close the vim help menu. If ...
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Linking to documentation in a comment

I'd like to provide anyone reading my plugin in Vim a direct link to the help article on command-completion At the moment, I'm simply saying " :help command-completion but i'd love to do something ...
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Invoke vi help from bash without starting Vim [duplicate]

How do I invoke the vi help while I am in bash without starting a vi session?
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What does `*foo* *[foo]*` mean in the vim help system?

When searching the help for "count", :h count I'm shown the help page: *count* *[count]* [count] An optional number that may precede the command to multiply or ...