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Is there any difference between set some_option=something and &some_option = something?

I may be wrong, but it feels like that set some_option = ... is a sort of old way for setting options, whereas &some_option = ... seems newer and it appears more powerful. In-fact, the latter ...
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Is there an option that can be set for programs such as start/xdg-open/open/... to open files?

I am wondering about the existence of an option 'startprg' that is set by default depending on the OS that indicate what program to use when using a possible, hypothetical start command. For example, ...
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How to enforce settings on debian Vim?

I have some settings in my debian (in /etc/vim/vimrc.local), which are overwritten by some plugins. Exactly which ones, at the moment is it hard to say, however I find it quite an annoying one. I ...
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How to set the value of 'foldexpr' to be a lua function?

I have read the documentation on foldexpr, and I have read through Possible to set `foldexpr` using a function reference?. I have tried this: vim.o.foldexpr = function() return "1" end ...
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Setting an option to a string containing control characters

I'm trying to configure Vim to be able to properly determine the background color when run inside GNU Screen. I know I need to set the option t_RB to the string \eP\e]11;?\x03\e\\ (where \e is the ...
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Toggling the `spell` option with Lua does not redraw the screen until an additional command is entered

While porting my init.vim to init.lua, I noticed some strange behaviour. In vimscript, one can toggle spell in the following way: noremap <Leader>ss :setlocal spell!<CR> Observe that this ...
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List Vim arguments options

Is there a way to list the command line arguments showed by vim -h or vim --help from within Vim? Besides :r!vim -h which seems to be a workaround to achieve this.
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Why is Vim ignoring my `expandtab` setting?

In my vimrc, I have set expandtab. When I edit a Tex file, however, Vim inserts tab characters , instead of spaces , when I press tab. I figured noexpandtab must be set by the TeX ftplugin for some ...
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How to display runtimepath value in echo or echomsg?

I have modified the 'runtimepath' in my .vimrc file. As I am having problems of not found files, I would like to display the runtimepath value in an :echo or :echomsg I already know about the ...
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Can I copy options (everything shown when I run `:set` with no arguments) between active windows

I have two windows opened in the same terminal. These are actual vim windows within the same vim instance. The first window is a .py file which has many options set by default, plus additional options ...
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Statusline vs Rulerformat - What is the Difference?

What is the purpose of the ruler? I have recently learned about the statusline and the rulerformat, and was wondering what the difference between them is. Why does the ruler exist? Why can't you only ...
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Specify sorting in wildmenu list?

EDIT per accepted answer below, I have the following: function! MySortDirEnts(ent1, ent2) if a:ent1[strchars(a:ent1)-1] == '/' && a:ent2[strchars(a:ent2)-1] != '/' return -1 elseif a:...
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Inconsistent string handling [duplicate]

I've been assembling strings in vimscript using a . as the join command. But when I try and use the same command to join a string when setting an option, such as: :setlocal foldtext=v:folddashes . &...
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Specific filetype files should end with new line

my work project requires a newline at the end of a file. If I add a new line and save, it gets automatically removed. I work in Golang but the same behavior is observed in Lua, Rust and probably ...
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How do I move the cursor feely past the EOLs?

I vaguely remember I've read about this option and also tried it out, but I can't remember the name... It allows using l to move past the EOL, even though $ still brings you to the EOL, not to the ...
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How to set keywordprg to call a lua function in neovim?

A plugin unidentified is setting the keywordprg option to :Man but I want it to be LSP based. So I attempted set keywordprg=:lua\ vim.lsp.buf.signature_help() but it gives me the following error and ...
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How to configure options in :terminal (NeoVim)

I've read the help section for term, terminal, termopen, buftype, and I've read several stack questions, but I haven't been able to find a solution for settings options in terminal mode. I know about ...
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Mouse navigation not working in VIM

I started using VIM today and I found out that we could use the mouse pointer to go to a line in vim using set mouse=a But unfortunately, it is not working here is the config file https://pastebin.com/...
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Choose template option for newfiles in Vim?

I have different templates in this directory ~/Documents/Library/ like: Template.cpp, normal.cpp, advanced.cpp Normally I use this: autocmd BufNewFile *.cpp 0r ~/Documents/Library/Template.cpp I ...
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Change 'lastline' display character (@@@)

You can set display to lastline to see "@@@" at the end of the last line when it doesn't fit the screen. I'd prefer to use a different character for that purpose, such as ... or ---. Is ...
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Does vim have support for processing its comma-separated options?

Vim has comma-separated dictionary options like 'comments' and 'listchars': :set comments? comments=s:--[[,m: ,e:]],:-- :set listchars? listchars=tab:⇥ ,trail:␣,extends:⇉,precedes:⇇,nbsp:⚭ Commas ...
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remove from comma-separated option (listchars)?

I don't do tabs, so usually my listchars=tab:▸ ,nbsp:␠,trail:·,precedes:«,extends:» But it gets annoying with some sources. I'd like to subtract tab: from lcs in some filetypes. I've tried setlocal ...
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Obscure Vim feature: +footer?

Inspecting some of Vim's features listed by vim --version I have noticed some obscure ones, for example, balloon_eval, balloon_eval_term and footer. There is an example in the documentation to test ...
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Options readonly vs nowrite

Apologies if this is duplicate. I have searched and haven't found any related questions. What is the difference between the options readonly and nowrite? The reference manual says: readonly: If on, ...
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How to copy the current value of a `set` option into the clipboard?

I sometimes need to copy the current value of a set option, e.g. set statusline, into the clipboard (+) to paste its value here. I know how to show the current value of a set option, e.g. set ...
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Can't redefine tabstop, softtabstop and softwidth after syntax detection

I've a vim: VIM - Vi IMproved 8.2 (2019 Dec 12, собрано Apr 8 2020 14:10:43) and I tried to redefine tabstop, softtabstop and softwidth values for a file after detection of its syntax. I.e. I have a ...
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Freeze after File No Longer Available Message

When I go to a buffer where the file was deleted Vim shows: E211: File "foo" no longer available Vim freezes for about a second before it resumes. Where can I change/disable this delay or ...
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Is there a reason why the short for `'modifiable'` is `'ma'` and not `'mo'`?

Is there a reason why the short for 'modifiable' is 'ma' and not 'mo'? I've entered :h 'mo' and I got E149, so there doesn't seem to be any clash...
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How can I make a mapping to toggle cursorbind?

I know that adding a ! to the end of an option works for some commands, but it doesn't work for cursorbind. How can I toggle between cursorbind and nocursorbind with a keybinding?
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Difference between buffer-local and global-local options

:h local-options says: for each buffer-local option there also is a global value, which is used for new buffers. With ":set" both the local and global value is changed. With "setlocal&...
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What are the benefits and use cases of relativenumber?

I have tried the relativenumber option several times, and I really don't get the point. People say that it's easier because they don't have to do the mental math of how many lines to go up or down ...
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Wrong width for certain characters

Using this: https://github.com/vim/vim-win32-installer/releases/download/v8.2.1505/gvim_8.2.1505_x64.zip All of these characters (and perhaps others): ℹ ⌨ ⏏ ⏭ ⏮ ⏯ ⏱ ⏲ ⏸ ⏹ ⏺ ☀ ☁ ☂ ☃ ☄ ☎ ☑ ☝ ☠ ☠️ ☢ ☣ ☦ ☪...
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All of my Vim text is underlined

I have configured Vim and then noticed that all of my text is underlined for some reason. I am running WSL with the Hyper terminal and I also configured Vim using the Ultimate Vim Configuration. Is ...
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rulerformat truncated when filename included

Given the limited screen real estate on my device (27x48), I'm trying set laststatus=1 set rulerformat=%25(%<%f%M\ %=%l\|%c%) No matter the minwid prefix, or if I apply it to %() or %f, or if I ...
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Typing Russian characters in vim with vim-LaTeX

Occasionally, I need to type documents in Russian in LaTeX format. To use Russian in vim I follow the guidelines from this Habr post. In short, I have the following settings in my .vimrc file: set ...
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Tell vim to treat character as full width

I am wondering if it is possible to tell vim to treat an individial code point in the unicode plain. I am aware of the ambiwidth option, but it does not help with my current task because the relevant ...
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Is there a 'let' equivalent for setting an option only local to a buffer/window?

When working with options that often have complex or calculated string values (e.g. formatprg, which might have additional parameters, separated by whitespace), it's often easier to use let to set ...
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Check valid values of an option (e.g. check if completeopt+=popup is valid)

I want to know if I can use the popup option for my completeopt in the running version of vim/neovim. The example is just for clarity, I'm looking for a solution that is generic. I know I can check ...
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Unnamed buffer not using options from my vimrc

In my vimrc I use :setg tabstop=4 shiftwidth=4. Why aren't unnamed buffers set correctly with these values? Using VIM 8.2.460 (2019 Dec 12) I opened vim with some piped output and noticed tab width ...
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How to change in gvim GTK file browser the default file mask wildcard (glob)?

In gvim the command :browse confirm e launches a GTK file browser. The default file mask in this window depends on the filetype from which the browse window is invoked. I would like to change that ...
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what is the purpose of the view folder in the .vim folder?

I got an error when opening my .vimrc with vim saying ".vimrc" 138L, 3781C Error detected while processing /home/fbence/.vim/view/~=+.vimrc=: line 117: E518: Unknown option: termkey= line 118: ...
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What is the proper way to allow the user of a plugin to modify settings?

So I have a plugin that I am writing which should allow the user to set whether they want to enable a feature. I want the feature to be disabled by default, and allow the user to change it by adding ...
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How do I use a variable or return value in option, command, or mapping?

I have a variable foo with let foo='value', and a function F like function F() return 'value' endfunction and I want to use them in an option: :set option=foo, :set option=F(); or in a command: :...
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Is there an `edefault` in the spirit of `gdefault` for setting the appropriate flags in vim's substitution commands?

To perform a buffer-wide substitution on all occurrences of foo (and not just the 1st one in a line), we can do %s/foo/bar/g The g flag may be omitted by setting this in the vimrc as set ...
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NeoVim: Single-Line Comments Also Format the Next Line [duplicate]

So, I started using NeoVim a little while ago and discovered a rather annoying quirk when using C++-style single-line comments // in source code of any language. Specifically, when you create a new ...
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How to find all scripts which modified a certain vim setting?

I can figure out which script changed a vim setting the last time with :verbose set errorformat? However, sometimes a setting is modified/appended several times and I want to see all scripts who ...
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how does t_AB and t_Sb option difference in vim?

I see three sets of options for terminal colors on the vim documentation. The first set of options: t_AB set background color (ANSI) *t_AB* *'t_AB'* t_AF set foreground color (ANSI) ...
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vi -u doesn't seem to work?

As system administrator I have to work under several user IDs, some of which are shared with others. We all have different tastes in what we like in terms of settings for our vi, so I am looking at ...
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Can I define something in .vimrc to speed up pasting of large amounts of data?

Occasionally, I paste large amounts of data into vim, using Ctrl+v in my terminal emulator (in Linux). This takes several seconds before vim is responsive again. I have tried two other methods, which ...
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Is there a way to customize the characters used in fold column?

Seems to me that fillchars option doesn't include these characters.
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