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Questions about the Netrw plugin which adds directory listing to Vim, and allows you to open files over the network (ftp, http, scp, etc).

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How can I make gx recognise full URLs in vim?

By default, if a buffer in vim contains a URL such as http://www.google.com, gx in normal mode will open a browser with that URL. That's very handy. However, if the URL has URL parameters (e.g. http://...
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How to return to netrw from a file

Suppose that I'm editing a file, then I press :w to store it. And then I use :e. to navigate its containing folder in the netrw. Suppose its containing folder is ./A/B/. In netrw, I open a file with ...
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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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How do I copy a file in netrw?

The current working directory is ./A/B/. An empty document is opened when I type vim, and the netrw is opened with command :e. The window is split by vs., and I can navigate to the upper level ...
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Cannot exit Vim even using q!

I cannot exit vim even when I type :q!. I get the error E37: No write since last change (add ! to override) E162: No write since last change for buffer... I think the buffer is a NetrwTreeListing ...
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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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Using :Explore without closing current buffer

If I open the file explorer with :Explore and choose a file, it replaces the buffer I had open before and I have to open it again. How do I avoid this?
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Navigating using SSH

I know one can use vim scp://host/path/to/file to edit locally remote files then update the remote machine when saving (:w). However I would like to know if it's possible to navigate through ...
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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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Can :Explore be started from the terminal?

When using Vim you can use :Explore to browser through files and folders. Is there a simple way to start Vim in "Explore mode" from the terminal? Can I do this by just giving Vim some argument?
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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 delete non-empty directories in netrw (Vim 8 or Neovim)?

I 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/nvim/init....
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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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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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Can I pass a custom string to the 'gx' command?

I have a file like this: vi.stackexchange.com example.com duckduckgo.com I want to be able to open these sites with gx; this doesn't work because there's no protocol (http://) in front of these ...
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Make :edit {file} use current directory during :Explore

I often use :Ex or :Sex to explore the filesystem from an opened file directory, or just invoke vim passing a directory to start exploring the filesystem and then opening a file. In any case, while ...
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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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How to remap "i" in netrw?

I remapped my hjkl keys to ijkl, but in netrw, "i" switches view styles. How to change this? Is it possible to change this?
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how to use Netrw Directory Listing in VIM split window without exiting it when a file has been read

When using VIM, it is possible to get a file listing in one split window by doing this: :vsp :e. Then you have something that looks like this: However if you open a file then how can you get back ...
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au FileType netrw echom "ft is now netrw" does not show up in :messages

Entering in vim :au FileType netrw echom "ft is now netrw" Afterwards, I open a netrw window with :E . Now, I expect to have a message entry in :messages. However, no message is there. Why is there ...
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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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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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Change $HOME before it gets accessed

I'm using vim 8.1 on windows. The IT department has set $HOME to a slow network drive. Every time a file gets written to $HOME vim slows down. I have $VIM/vimrc with the following content. let $HOME ...
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How can I move netrw's default keybindings to other keys?

Let's say I'm a terrible person and I'm thinking about remapping <CR> to do what : normally does (start command-line mode). Vim's built-in netrw plugin also remaps <CR> to open the ...
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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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No Vim, I don't want to save changes to a directory

I frequently use :e. to navigate folders and open files in gVim. But later, when I try to close the session with a :qall, I am asked by vim whether or not I want to save changes to the folder(s) I ...
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Disable vim-surround in a netrw buffer

Is there a way to disable a plugin (or a set of keymaps) on a specific filetype? vim-surround causes a delay in netrw when pressing d to create a new directory. I'm thinking that this might be ...
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If I split the screen and open a Netrw dir listing in one window, Vim won't let me focus that window

I'm using Vim 7.4. I have a buffer open and I type :vsplit. Vim splits the screen and I see my buffer in both windows. That's great. Just what I want. And at this point ctrl+W W switches the focus ...
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Lots of Explore issues [closed]

I've been using [Neo]vim for a few months now with a number of plugins. One I decided to use was the built in :Explore for my file-browsing needs. I am having some serious issues with Explore and ...
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Filetype changes when using :split and :Explore

Why does using :split and :Explore cause the filetype to change? For example, edit a file named text.man, and the filetype is set to man. Change the filetype to txt, then :split and :Explore in the ...
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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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How to display file size in netrw in a human readable way?

When using netrw, (by :Vex or :Sex), the files can be displayed in different ways by pressing "i". And there is a view that the sizes of the files are displayed. However, the sizes are in bytes. Is ...
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Use netrw to change my bash working directory?

Could this be done? For example, I'm imagining that I would type vim . then navigate to a different directory within netrw, exit netrw, and find that bash has done a cd to that same directory.
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How can I stop 'Obtaining <filename>'?

I am new to vim, and I use netrw as a file explorer. Frequently hit shift-P to open a file in a buffer. Sometimes I accidentally hit shift-O, and netrw will start obtaining the file. How do I ...
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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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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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Cannot open an url (empty buffer)

I have some strange troubles with opening an url in vim. Judging from this answer, this should be pretty easy, but when I'm doing this: $ vim http://www.ietf.org/rfc/rfc7386.txt I getting a message ...
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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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Why does gx call curl when the cursor is on a URL with trailing slash?

When my cursor is on a URL that ends with a trailing slash, for example : http://www.google.com/ ... if I type gx to open the link in my browser, curl is also called to download the webpage and the ...
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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 ^...
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How do I avoid exiting vim to open a new file?

I usually exit vim to open other files, I know it is not productive and I want to avoid it. I want to use netrw instead to open the files I want. Is there any way to prevent me from exiting vim, using ...
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How to Get Netrw to exclude certain files?

I have vim save my undo history in files named something like .filename.js.un~, but I don't want this cluttering up my list of file in vim (in Netrw). Is there a way to exclude all files with a ...
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How do I make netrw behave with respects to cycling through buffers with :bprevious/:bnext

I have my vim setup according to "Solution #1: Replicating Tabs with Buffers" on this site buffers-vs-tabs with the vim-airline plugin. If I open numerous files in buffer 'tabs' :bprevious/:bnext ...
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Is there a way to search files with netrw similar to find command in linux?

Is there a way to search files with netrw similar to find command in linux? So in command line I can do find . -name "pattern" Is there something similar in netrw?
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What does number+enter do in Explore?

as we know that we can use Vim to browse a directory. My question is what does number + Enter do on a file list? I thought it equivalent to number + j + Enter, however, after I enter into a file, ...
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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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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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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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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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Buftype=nofile when switching buffers with :Vexplore

When I open up :Vexplore in a split and open a file in it, the file in the other split ends up with buftype=nofile set so I can't write in that file or anything. But the new buffer that was opened ...
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