Questions tagged [netrw]

Netrw adds directory listing to Vim, and allows you to open files over the network (ftp, http, scp, etc). It is a plugin bundled with Vim.

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How to recover file overwritten by vim

I used the command :Texplore to rename a file in vim's file explorer. I closed the buffer that read the old file name into memory, then opened the new file name using a new instance of vim only to ...
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When openning netrw in split view, the opened buffer I'm still editing clears when I click a line number

Wondering why this happens, if it is a bug or supposed to happen? [explaination] open vim, then proceed to split two windows, one with netrw and another with few lines of text (line numbers enabled). ...
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Lexplore and split windows

Like many, I like to browse using :Lexplore. However, as indicated by the manual, By default, :Lexplore will change an uninitialized |g:netrw_chgwin| ...
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Find and highlight current file in netrw

I want to use netrw as a project drawer. Not for opening/closing files or general file management, but only as a way to get a visual overview over the project structure. I open netrw automatically ...
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Folder jumping in netrw

I'm on windows 10 with the Windows subsystem for linux. What I'd like to do with netrw is be able to jump from my home folder in Ubuntu to my home folder in windows. In Ranger I type gh and it takes ...
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Trouble with netrw ftp protocol, file won’t save

I am trying to create and edit a file remotely from my iPad using iVim to my Linux box which is on the same network. I am trying to use the ftp protocol from the netrw utility that comes with vim. I ...
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Replace netrw window when opening a file

I'd like to be able to :Sex when editing a file, select a file, press CR, and have that new split populated with the file I just selected. Is there an option for this? I think I became used to this ...
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How could I explore the files when using netrw to edit remote files

I can use :Explore to go through the current directory and open new files when I use vim locally. But when I use netrw to edit remote files, I cannot do it. For example, I opened a remote file with ...
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Enable line numbering for directories

When viewing a directory (using :Explore, for example), I would like to see line numbers. I can run :set number after opening the directory, and that works, but I can't get numbering to turn on by ...
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What does “No lines in buffer” mean when editing via scp?

I was using vim scp:// and e scp:// to edit remotes files. Sometimes I failed to open and got message --No lines in buffer--. What does mean and how I should solve?
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Jump to last position when using vim netrw to open a file

I am looking to jump automatically to the last position in any file that I open. I have in my ~/.vimrc file: autocmd BufReadPost * ...
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try catch with :Rexplore

I want to be able to hit a single key to see the netrw buffer for the directory of the file I'm in. Rex will handily move your cursor to where it was previously, but only works if you opened the file ...
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Editing file on remote host using scp not working

I'm trying to edit a file on a remote host using vim scp://user@host//path/to/file However, vim just displays "Stopped" and crashes. Here is the log thats produces when I run vim -V9 scp://user@host//...
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How to make netrw start with dotfiles hidden?

netrw has a gh command that toggles dotfile hiding. It is off by default. I would like it to be on by default. How do I do that?
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How to make vim open two windows when opening a directory or file with netrw?

I want to achieve two effects about using the netrw plugin for vim. EFFECT ONE: I have a test directory.Here is its directory structure: MINGW64 ~/test $ ll total 1 drwxr-xr-x 1 uooki2 197121 0 一月 ...
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Netrw multiple files selection

Is there a way to select multiple files not one by one (with mf)? I can see in the docs :MF command that do nothing for me. (:MF *.vim) I also have tried mr supplying it *.vim$ in the folder full of ...
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How to display rwx permissions with netrw?

In vim, how can I display the rwx (i.e., permissions) of files and/or directories using netrw? For example, I'd like to do this: vim :Ex (see output like ls -l) The closest thing I know is, in step ...
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copy a file in netrw

I often find the need to start a new file by making a copy of another similar file within the same directory. netrw has several commands for copying files from one directory to another (ie: :h netrw-...
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Netrw error: “Illegal PORT command”

I installed Vim 8.1.1 on Windows 10. My _vimrc in C:\Users\Maggyero has the following lines: set spell set spelllang=en,fr set spellsuggest=5 When I open Vim, I get the following message: Alerte ...
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netrw freezes if vim subwindow includes “beefy” network drive

When one of my vim subwindows is opened to a network drive with many zip files, switching to that subwindows causes vim to hang for 10 seconds or so. The Windows Task Manager shows sustained ...
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When provided folder, open default empty screen with CWD set to folder

At the moment when I run nvim path/to/folder/ it opens up the netrw window for it (more accurately, the Dirvish window for it), I'd like this to not be the case. Ideal behaviour is that when I do ...
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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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Is there a workaround for Vim's Netrw :bprev bug?

This didn't get much love on stackoverflow (https://stackoverflow.com/q/48269793/2512141), but I think it's important so I'm reposting here. I think this could be a major barrier to people using Vim's ...
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netrw: This security scheme is not implemented

Since some days ago I stumbled upon an annoying situation every time I tried to edit some files on a server with Vim. It won't open the files, and a split appeared on each buffer saying: This ...
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Netrw how to hide line?

My Netrw config here. let g:netrw_banner = 0 let g:netrw_liststyle = 3 let g:netrw_browse_split = 4 let g:netrw_altv = 1 let g:netrw_winsize = 25 Just i want to hide "|" and "/". But how? I try :...
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How can I close the Netrw buffer?

How can I close the Netrw buffer? I tried both :bd and :bw and neither work.
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Change to a specific directory in :Explorer

How do I change the directory when I'm already in :Explorer? Sometimes I open it up by saying :vs . and from there I want to go to ~/vim/ or something. I'm not sure how to do that without traversing ...
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How to make netrw ignore new local files?

I've set up an autocmd to automatically create directories of the filepath I'm writing to: au BufWritePre,FileWritePre * call <SID>EnsureDir(expand('<afile>:p:h')). This prevents creating ...
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Focus on file when when opening when permanent window for file explorer is enabled

I have a permanent window for file explorer enabled by netrw_altv=1 option. The problem is that when I run vim with file or directory as an argument the window with file explorer is focused. How can I ...
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How to escape from file browsing mode?

I just found out that we can use :e . to enter the browsing mode and then can choose file what we like. But I don't know how to get back to already opened file without choosing it again. I tried &...
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Open multiple files in tabs from Explore mode

While navigating file system in :Explore mode, is it possible to select and open multiple files, each in a new tab? Edit: I ended up using a function proposed by Jair López, because it works pretty ...
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Is there a way to edit secure data in vim without accessing the filesystem?

I am interested in using vim to edit a "secure" file, one that is stored encrypted elsewhere (say, somewhere in the cloud), and should not be written as plaintext to the local disk. So the sequence of ...
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Automatically close netrw after opening a file

I would like to automatically close the netrw window when I open a file. I've found a similar question (NERDTree How to open a file and automatically close the explorer buffer), but it refers to ...
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how to stop vim suspending when using gx

When I press gx over a link in vim, it opens it in an external application, when it does this it also suspends Vim. How do I prevent it from suspending Vim, so that I can use Vim while browsing ...
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netrw: ftplugin double loaded?

I notice an annoying stutter when opening directories. Just a split second, but it's kind of a problem if I'm navigating the directory tree and it hesitates each time I open a different directory. I ...
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netrw expand folders - strange behaviour

I'm getting very strange behaviour when I try to expand the listing of a folder by pressing enter. Take the following screenshot Currently, I have file 2.1 open. But when I press Enter on 1/ to ...
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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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Netrw tree listing style opening files in other directories creates new empty files in current directory

When using netrw with the tree style listing (netrw_liststyle = 3), if I expand a directory, open a file in that directory, then try to open a file above that directory, it creates a new empty file in ...
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Update netrw to newer version [duplicate]

I use Vim from this ppa http://ppa.launchpad.net/jonathonf/vim/ubuntu which includes netrw v156 How can I update to a newer netrw --> Do I have to remove netrw installed --> Can I simply install a ...
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How could I preserve netrw :Lexplore in Vim sessions?

I use netrw :Lexplore as my file browser and I also use vim sessions. However, whenever I open a session file, :Lexplore is closed and I have to re-open. Is there a way to keep netrw :Lexplore open ...
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Toggle explorer window

neovim 0.2-dev :Lexplore opens up explorer window and entering :Lexplore again toggles it. However, if I interact with the explorer window(i.e. expand a directory), then typing :Lexplore opens up ...
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How can I open a file from netrw into a new buffer without making it active?

I'd like to add the file to the buffer list without changing the currently active netrw window. I'd also love to make this the default behaviour for netrw. Any advice? I've searched around and looked ...
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vim 8.0 file explorer only allows specific locations

I'm running Vim 8.0 on a Windows 7 system and I'm having this issue whenever I open gvim (the one that runs in a window as opposed to running in cmd) the default path in :pwd is c:\users\"user". If I ...
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How to display netrw's current path? The default banner is to stuffed

I use the following settings to hide the netrw banner: let g:netrw_banner=0 I know that this also displays the current directory, but it also displays a bunch of other things I'm not interested in. ...
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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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Strange behavior between autochdir and netrw

This has been plaguing me for a while now, but I've only just recently been able to come up with an MCVE. The problem is that when autochdir is on and I use :Explore to open netrw sometimes it will ...
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.swp swap files for directories while browsing with netrw

Sometimes I browse around the directory of the current buffer by using :Ex. On one of my development machines, this results in a .swp file being created in every directory I visit. I've checked the ...
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How do I script Vim to download a thesaurus file and save it?

I want to create a command that will download a large file and save it to my local system. I am not interested in editing this file. I also would like to avoid a huge if block to see what downloaders ...
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Gvim: gx to {the same, a new, a vertical-split} window

Say in Gvim I have a line in the current buffer: ~/.bashrc How can I access this file (~/.bashrc) in the same, or a new, or a vertical-split window? I tried gx, which opens the file with xdg-open. ...
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open salt://whatever as somedir/whatever [closed]

I like having netrw loaded for browsing directory contents when I open '.' and for downloading webpages when I split http://host/path, but it's really getting in the way of opening files with gF or ^...