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tmux send-keys to vim has no effect when used with swap-pane

I have a tmux window with 2 panes (pane-ids: 0 and 1). In the pane 0 there is vim launched. I want to fire a combination of two commands from tmux command-prompt: :send-keys -t 0 "iabc" ; ...
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How do I add a text file to a pre-existing zip

I want to add a text file to a zip file using vim. I want to either add the file to my zip from local drive or create the file in the zip using vim.
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Installing Neovim 0.7 on Ubuntu?

I just moved from Mac to Ubuntu. I have set everything up but my lua keybindings are following the 0.7 configurations. When I install neovim on Ubuntu it gives me 0.6. I tried this: sudo add-apt-...
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Can't compile gvim on Kubuntu 22.04

I'm trying to build the vim sources on the new Kubuntu 22.04 release. However Ubuntu has moved from X11 to Wayland, and if I include the --with-x flag I get the error could not configure X. If I ...
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How can we get the third mouse option with cut,copy paste in neovim?

I am new to neovim and using the default terminal in ubuntu for neovim. With the default terminal, we can click the right mouse and get the functioning options for cut,copy and paste. How can I get ...
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Yanking to system clipboard does not work

I'm on Ubuntu 20.04.3 LTS, I have +clipboard and +xterm_clipboard in my vim --version, and I have set set clipboard=unnamedplus in my .vimrc. For some reason, yanking still does not copy to the system ...
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How do I get vim to read syntax files from `/usr/share/vim/addons/syntax`?

According to the Debian documentation about vim, a Debian package (Ubuntu, really, in my case) is expected to place <name>.vim files under: /usr/share/vim/addons/... Syntax files go under a sub-...
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Why do `wq!` and `q!` causing "E855 Autocommands caused command to abort" on any Python files?

Executing :q! and :wq! (of course :x as well) on any Python files causing "E855: Autocommands caused command to abort". However, :qa , :wqa (and of course :xa as well) don't caused the same ...
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Jedi-vim autocompletion installed with Vundle but not working

I installed jedi-vim with Vundle in my vim8 through the .vimrc file. call vundle#begin() Plugin 'davidhalter/jedi-vim' call vundle#end() I wrote it the .vimrc file with :w, I went to vim and ...
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Vim cannot find medical spell files

Problem specification I would love to have a medical spell dictionary in vim. Currently, I have a lot of medical terms in my own personal English dictionary right now. However, using an official ...
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How to separate the negative and positive values from 3rd column in vim file?

I am dealing with a long data in the vim file. I want to separate the positive values and negative values in the 3rd column in separate files. Example: 1.000 3.889 4.666 4.889 2.809 -8.687 3.896 4....
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"command not found" error using filetype plugin [closed]

I am trying to add filetype plugin indent on to my vimrc, and I'm getting the error filetype: command not found. I tried searching but can't find a solution. I have the full vim package installed (not ...
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Where is the .vim folder by default in Ubuntu?

I have seen that the .vim directory is in $XDG_CONFIG_HOME/, but it isn't. The closest I can find is /etc/vim/, but that does not contain what I need (namely, init.vim). Am I missing something? I am ...
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How do I make the cursor blink?

set guicursor=n:blinkwait5-blinkon5-blinkoff5 has no effect. Why is that? mp4
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Intermittently cannot switch from Vim terminal to other panes

I've looked at quite a few other posts and haven't found a similar problem. I've recently begun using WSL and Vim and love it. Most of the time, it works great and I use CTRL-W-h/j/k/l to navigate ...
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<number>dd not doing anything on an ubuntu machine

I use 999dd as a goto command before pasting/overwriting the entire contents from the clipboard. For some reason this is not working (at all) on a specific ubuntu machine. Why would this not work be ...
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Vim fzf :Buffers (WSL Ubuntu) stopped working after update

I am using Vim on Ubuntu for Windows Subsystem for Linux (WSL). After updating all components involved (Vim, fzf, Ubuntu), the :Buffers command stopped working. Note that :Files, :Lines, etc. work as ...
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coc.nvim - no rome found in your project root

I have the latest version of Ubuntu and recently installed vim. I'm trying to get coc.nvim to work. See https://github.com/neoclide/coc.nvim . This is an autocompletion package (and then some) for vim ...
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How to Keep Syntax Color but Disable Highlighting in Vim?

I recently activated auto-complete using YouCompleteMe and syntax color in Vim. However, a red highlighting color appeared. I tried to disable syntax color with syntax off, but this highlighting ...
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How can I get +ruby feature in Ubuntu 20.04 LTS?

Really I'm just looking for vim compiled with +ruby and when I installed vim.gtk3 it doesn't come compiled with it instead on :version it comes up as -ruby. I'd like to use the vim-readability plugin, ...
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Do not use the system Python 3 version in Vim

I am running Ubuntu 16.04, which requires the Python 3 system version to be 3.5: updating it to 3.7 breaks the package manager. At the same time, I want to use Vim with YouCompleteMe. YouCompleteMe ...
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Is there a way to create a new file from the editior once I have a file open?

So I have the following file number11.py open in vim, this is the route I usually take to create a new file I do ESC :save number11.py, and then :x. Then from my Ubuntu terminal I do the following vim ...
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Vim takes a long time to close over SSH?

While ssh'd into my server, vim hangs for a variable amount of time (about 2 seconds, but can be longer or shorter) when opening and closing. It's worth noting that (to my eyes) the delay is the ...
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How to recover unsaved text without a swap file after Vim crashed?

I am using Vim 8 in WSL Ubuntu. While copying text into a file the terminal crashed. I don't believe it is the WSL as Task Manager does not show 'Not Responding'. I have tried using this answer which ...
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Vim-devicons not working at all [closed]

I tried installing vim-devicons to be used with nerdtree(using vim-plugin). I tried devicons FAQ, everything is fine except "check if you are able to see the characters, from ex mode:", i tried ...
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vim-plug: install plugins on startup not working properly on Ubuntu

per the recommendation in the vim-plug wiki: https://github.com/junegunn/vim-plug/wiki/extra, I've added the following snippet to my vimrc: " Install missing plugins on Vim startup autocmd VimEnter * ...
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How do i open Vi after I installed Vim?

I discovered vi/vim only yesterday on my ubuntu I didn't have vim installed, only vi I enjoyed its simplicity and minimalism then I decided to try vim too, ran sudo apt install vim, played with it ...
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What's the deal with the Vi/Vim in Ubuntu 18.04/19.04?

Is it different to standard Vi/Vim, if so how and why? Is it Vi or Vim? It does show a version string/identifier that would suggest it is Vim 8.1.320 though oddly it is opened with the 'vi' command ...
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Update external file based on VIM mode

Currently I have my vim set up to update the statuslline based on what mode the editor is in. Like if I'm in insert mode then the statusline turns red. Magenta in replace mode. Green in command ...
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Vim shows error when running python3

OS: Ubuntu 18.04 First, I ran apt-get install python3-dev ruby-dev Then, I installed vim using the instructions in the website, using make distclean, make and make install (This was like the tenth ...
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How to ensure files are copied to VIMRUNTIMEDIR when building Vim 8.1 from source and specifying a prefix?

I compiled vim 8.1 for Ubuntu 16.04 x64, from source, by following Valloric's excellent guide on the subject. Although that guide is for an older version, it was really simple to check out the correct ...
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Understanding how "vi" finds its global configuration file

On my Ubuntu OS, I see this in /etc/vim/vimrc.tiny: $ cat /etc/vim/vimrc.tiny " Vim configuration file, in effect when invoked as "vi". Here's the partial output from :version: system vimrc file: "$...
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Latex-suite <alt-I> mapping

Last week I reinstalled Ubuntu 18.04 LTS on my laptop. During my last installation of ubuntu (also 18.04) I learned vim and used it in combination with the latex-suite. However on this new ...
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How do I configure my VI environment on Ubuntu 18.10?

I have a fresh install of Ubuntu 18.10 and VI is exhibiting behavior I am unaccustomed to. For example, when I insert something using "i", 4 spaces are automatically placed in front of what I've ...
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Displaying specific text only in the airline of a given window

Suppose that using bufwinnr() I find the windows number where a given buffer is being displayed to be 2. With that information, is there a way to display a specific string only in the airline status ...
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Identifying the PID of Vim 8.1 internal terminal launched with :terminal ++close

When launching an internal Vim 8.1 terminal for an exclusive program like in terminal ++close ipython, is there a way to identify from vimscript which is the PID of the launched process (i.e. of the ...
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Unable to install most recent gvim 8.1 on Ubuntu

On Ubuntu, when I do vim --version in the terminal I get: VIM - Vi IMproved 8.1 (2018 May 18, compiled Jan 6 2019 14:05:44) Included patches: 1-699 However, when I do gvim --version I get: VIM - ...
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Making Numpad numerical keys work in Vim using Ubuntu 18's terminal

In my current machine, I use Vim 8.1 in a Ubuntu 18's default terminal (Vim is running with TERM=xterm256-color, which is a requirement for me). Everything works perfectly, with the exception of the ...
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Occupy the remaining space in terminal

When I open the vim in the xterm (ubuntu) there's always a space on the right and bottom part of terminal which is not fully occupied by the vim. What could be the reason behind it? And what are the ...
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Vim: a weird background problem in gnome-terminal

I get weird border form gnome-terminal when i run Vim fullscreen. It never happened before. I'm confused. How to repair it without changing my terminal background colour?
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How do I configure syntastic to use Python3 in Ubuntu?

The following code shows invalid syntax. I assume syntastic is looking at Python2 for syntax-checking. I need it to look at Python3 instead. def x(): x = 42 def y(): nonlocal x x = 8 ...
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gvim gnome hides command prompt

This is not firmly reproducible but when I run ctrl+wv to create a vertical split window, I sometimes lose visibility to the colon command prompt. Command prompt still works invisibly. Sometimes I can ...
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Vim 8.1 Globally custom highlight colors

Problem I'm finally getting around to upgrading from Vim 7.4 to Vim 8.1, but my global custom highlight colors have stopped working. I am aware similar questions (such as this one) have been asked, ...
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<Esc> key mapping seems to be not working in my vim 8.0 on my Ubuntu 16.04

I have inoremap jj <ESC> in my vimrc on my Ubuntu 16.04. I have no idea why my jj not working and its just typing literally <ESC> in my text file for my jj press. Any idea how can I get ...
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gVimDiff in Nemo context menu

On Windows I'm used to have the gVimDiff context menu when two or more files are selected in Windows Explorer. Is there something similar for Nemo on Ubuntu? I searched for the string in the title ...
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Copying From Vim to Ubuntu Bash on Windows

Note: this question is specific to the relatively new Ubuntu Bash on Windows system. So it seems possible to paste into Vim from the Windows clipboard by simply right clicking in insert mode after ...
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Portable Vim for Ubuntu Linux

I use Ubuntu as my desktop OS. I want my vim to be portable so that I can use my vim configuration as well as the plugins I use in my college PCs too. Is there any way to have a portable version of ...
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Trying to compile vim with python 3.6. Where is my config directory?

I'm a bit of a noob when it comes to Linux, only started using it recently. However, I am trying to compile vim with python because I am using latex live preview and it needs a python compiled vim ...
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Cannot setup tern_for_vim plugin

I installed the plugin tern_for_vim. Followed all the instructions from readme but it doesn't work. I don't have any autocompletion for javascript, the commands :TernDef and :TernDoc are not ...
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I can't edit a single file with Vim, [closed]

I just installed Ubuntu 16.04 and installed Vim, I tried to edit some files and when trying to write changes Vim said: E173 4 more files to edit I don't know why it's happening but it's making my ...
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