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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 do I enable mouse in netrw only (terminal vim)?

I would like to be able to use my mouse to scroll and click on directories to expand them in netrw. I don't want the mouse to be on for any other filetype/buffertype, so that I can still highlight/...
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Why isn't netrw (:Explore) loaded, when starting vim using `vim -u NONE`?

I wonder why netrw (:Explore) is not loaded after starting vim using vim -u NONE. Inspecting my runtimepath yields: /Users/shuz/.vim,/usr/share/vim/vimfiles,/usr/share/vim/vim82,/usr/share/vim/...
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Why don't <s-up> and <s-down> work in :Explore (netrw) for going to previous/next match?

After executing :Explore **/*.py to match *.py under the current directory tree, I cannot execute :Pexplore and :Nexplore using <s-up> an <s-down>. I have tried both SHIFT+<up> and s+...
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How to make :Vex act like :Lex, and limit Vex buffer to 40 width?

I'd like :Vexplore to be toggleable. ie if netrw is open in a visible buffer, close it. If netrw is not open in a visible buffer, open it. Upon opening netrw with :Vexplore, change the width of the ...
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netrw `Ex` sometimes creates a split

I'm usually in 2 vertical splits, in each one I jump in an out of files using :Ex. When a split shows a file and I type :Ex I expect this split to show me the netrw UI, where I can choose another file....
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Pipe file list to vim and browser them like a folder

Is it possible to pipe list of files e.g. from grep and have this file list opened in vim file manager in similar fashion like when you open a folder with vim? Note that I do not want to just write ...
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Can Netrw use [host] type notation to look in .ssh/config and find the host to connect to?

Short Question: This is failing. Is it valid syntax? :tabedit scp://[home]/~/stuff/01234567/update/notes.txt Alternatively, can I easily use a longish somewhat complex shell command in vim to get ...
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How configure netrw to use 'l' instead <CR> to open files?

By default, netrw uses l to move the cursor one letter to the right in the file name. How can I configure netrw to use the letter l to open the file instead of <CR>
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How to set statusline for specific buffer

I want to use netrwm instead of nerdtree. I have my own statusline but I don't want it to be displayed in netrw. Nerdtree had it's own option for it (let NERDTreeStatusline="") which made it ...
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Netrw: Can't Explore with scp?

I wish to use netrw :Explore on a remote server via ssh tunnelling, but can't manage to do it. I can access the server perfectly fine using ssh and remotely edit files with vim: vim scp://userid@...
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netrw not open correctly, just open blank with noperm message

I am Neovim user and have serious problem with netrw I find netrw has a bug when trying to open the file, at first it only shows an empty buffer(1st picture), and right bottom corner, you can see [...
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Vim-based alternative for Emacs tramp-mode

Disclaimer: this question was posted prior to unix.se but, as recommended by a moderator, was reposted here. The original question was not (yet) deleted since some good comments were posted there. I'...
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Is it possible to view the current file content during directory navigation in vi (command line, not GUI)?

(Originally asked in a wrong place - https://stackoverflow.com/questions/63780235/is-it-possible-to-view-the-current-file-content-during-directory-navigation-in-v) I am watching this Pluralsight ...
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How can I use Vim with rmate?

TextMate 2 introudced rmate, which has become a de-facto standard for editing remote files, with multiple implementations of the remote component and client implementations for other editors, ...
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How to keep directories expanded after toggle netrw?

I have an "almost" perfect netrw workflow. With my internet search, I: Solved <C-l> problem; Splits Right/Bottom (without resize netrw); Toggle netrw (but has an issue); In my ...
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netrw ftp error (“Unknown command^M”; “Line 245:” “E517: No buffers were wiped out: 8bw!”

Until a few days ago, editing remote files worked perfectly OK, but not any more, with strange messages and error windows showing up: a) Loading remote file: When I'm trying to load a remote file with ...
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Why Netrw use rcp internally when I use scp protocol

I want to use netrw to edit remote files on my vps. Unfortunately, when I enter vim scp://cydiater_server:~/demo/sol.cpp and try to save something with :w Vim prompts me with :!rcp '/var/folders/...
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How do I prevent NetrwTreeListing from appearing in the buffer list

Trying to figure out how to use netrw (:E) correctly with :Rex and CTRL+O. To reproduce, create 2 files in a /tmp/newdir directory. mkdir /tmp/newdir cd /tmp/newdir echo "blabla 1" > ...
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How to open netrw at each vim session but have the cursor on the code (and not on the tree) when opening

I found the following chunk of command on this blog to have a file browser open by starting vim that I added to my .vimrc. It splits the window into 2 panes: a file browser and the text editor. The ...
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How make NetRW always open the provided dir, even when there is already an upper dir opened?

I created a Drawer command to use NetRW as a file drawer with two main uses. Note: I always use the tree listing mode. Open the working directory Find a file to allow viewing/opening its siblings ...
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How to open directory in toggled netrw window?

I've toggled netrw explorer window by adding the following commands found in an answer posted to this question to the vimrc file. let g:NetrwIsOpen=0 function! ToggleNetrw() if g:NetrwIsOpen ...
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Remapping `v` in netrw/calling NetrwSplit(5) directly

So I've created some helper functions to help work around netrw. They are some keybind simplifications that help with things like window/cursor management when opening files, where to open them, ...
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Netrw discards changes without asking

When I Execute vim A command from shell Edit the file A in some way (now &modified == 1) Execute :Lexplore †1 to enable the side pane of netrw Press Enter on an arbitary file B , the file B is ...
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Multichar commands not working on netrw

I would like to hide files using gh in netrw. However, it seems like none of the g- or m- commands are working for me. All of the other commands seem to be working, however, whenever I enter one of ...
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Keybind for moving a file using netrw from outside of netrw

I wanted to be able to move/rename a currently open file using netrw. The typical concerns are: Closing the old buffer Actually moving to preserve file attributes (so no :saveas) I'm aware of some ...
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Make netrw not close previous buffer but open a new buffer

I have netrw_browse_split set to 4, so typing <Enter> on a file on netrw will open it on the previous window. But if the previous window have a file, it will be closed. How can I make opening ...
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Netrw problem - 'mt' open new tab instead of marking as target folder

I was playing with netrw and was amazed by the possibility. I'd like to mark some files with 'mf' and move it to a folder using 'mt'. However, when I press 't', vim seems to interprets it as "open a ...
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How to close the netrw buffer/window from any other window

I would like to have the behavior where I can run :Vex<CR> when pressing <Tab> in normal mode: nnoremap <Tab> :Vex<CR> ... to open the netrw file tree window and then I would ...
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Change behavior of `gx` key

I used to use chromium before and then, I could press gx on an url and vim would open it in a new tab if a chromium instance was already running, otherwise create a new window. But in firefox, when I ...
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How to delete non-empty directories in netrw (vim 8 or nvim)?

I will try to delete some non-empty folder in netrw by pressing SHIFT + d and, after press y, i got this error: (netrw) unable to delete directory {path} I already put this variable in my .config/...
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explicitly call netrw function in binding

I'm trying to bind the key ^ so that it runs ^ in normal mode by default, but calls the function bound to - in netrw. - is bound to NetrwBrowseUpDir in netrw.vim, definition here . Here's my first ...
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gx doesn't open the url and complains: netrw --No Line In Buffer--

My issue happens with the key combination gx in normal mode. The problems happens in Vim, (I have also tried in NeoVim and it correctly opens the link in firefox directly). I have a test file /tmp/...
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How to override netrw-delete behavior

I'm currently using Vim 8.1 on Ubuntu 18.04, and I would like to override the default behavior of deleting local files/directories 'forever' when using netrw. The doc says that this plugin uses a ...
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Where can I see netrw plugin revision history or changelog?

Is there a place where the netrw source code repository is hosted, so I can view its revision history? If not, is there at least a changelog somewhere? If I do git log on netrw.vim in the vim ...
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How to work with multiple project folders in Vim?

I am often working with multiple projects at the same time. For example one main project and 5 related librairies. I have some issue to properly search in one project or multiple. I would like to: Be ...
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Open netrw view of directory with Ctrl-P

Is it possible to use Ctrl-P to search for directories in addition to searching for files? I want to be able to search for directories in my project in whatever mode (CtrlP, CtrlPMRU, or other) and ...
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buffer name of opened directory in netrw disappears sometimes

I usually open a directory in vim with command :e path-of-dir. Because the plugin Netrw is included by default, this will be taken over by it and a netrw window will open with the content of the dir. ...
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Cannot :Explore public ftp service (I see empty listing with ../ and ./)

The address is ftp://ftp.yandex.ru/ I tried from bash: vim ftp://ftp.yandex.ru/ After that I was asked for username and password (but this is public anonymous server), ok I entered anonymous for ...
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How to mark multiple files in netrw?

I tried using MF *.h for example to select all the files in the current directory that end with .h but this doesnt work. What are good ways to mark multiple files using netrw?
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netrw bug? cannot copy marked file to target

When I try to do the following on Windows 10: go to a directory, set it as the target directory using mt go to a different directory, mark a file in that directory using mf use mc to copy the file to ...
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netrw's - map (up one level) broken after brew reinstall vim

Short Question: What is netrw function for up one level, how can I call it in my own function? Context: After installing a new ruby I had to reinstall vim to get it working again. But now netrw ...
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Everytime I call :Explore netrw creates a new unlisted buffer

Is there any way to stay always in the same netrw buffer after selecting a file to edit?
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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? Steps to reproduce: open vim, split two windows, one with netrw and another with few lines of text (line numbers enabled). As both ...
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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 ...