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runtime settings that modify the behavior of the editor

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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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how could I use different `.vimrc` with `-u` option

I have configured my .vimrc to make my vim work, and then I renamed my .vimrc to be .vimrc2. After that my vim can run as clean mode, but when I run my vim with vim -u .vimrc2, there are errors like ...
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Option set in vimrc is overwritten - nvim

I'm trying to disable autochdir in nvim by adding the following in init.vim: set autochdir! but when I start nvim, I check the value of this option by echo &autochdir and find it equals to 1. I ...
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showcmd on first line instead of last line

From the help file for showcmd: Show (partial) command in the last line of the screen Is it possible to have the commands displayed on the first line instead? I can't find anything in the help or ...
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Saving .swp/.un~ files to subdirectories

Is there any way to save these files to automatically created subdirs? Google gave me no answers. The reason is simple- I work on several computers which I keep synced via git, so having these files ...
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“-u {vimrc}” not working as expected

I am trying to set up vim so I can get different functions in with different files (i.e. x.lisp and x.scm) and in the manual it says starting with the option "-u ufile" uses "ufile" as the vimrc My ...
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Why are my bulleted lines automatically joining?

I use the a formatoption to make my text hard wrap, and the n formatoption to recognize numbered lists. The help says that the n option should use the formatlistpat regex to determine which lines not ...
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Showing read-only or non-modifiable status in status line

I am building my statusline. Previously I used functions to return information, but recently I learnt that these can be done in one line. For example: set statusline+=%{&modified?'\ \ [+]':''} ...
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What is the default “effective” titlestring?

Is the effective default value for titlestring documented somewhere? By effective, I mean the one that displays $(basename) ($(dirname)) (m of n) - GVIM1 or ... ((m) of n), even though titlestring is ...
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Having a modified relativenumber

In my experience with vim I found relative numbers pretty useful. But I would like to know if is there an argument I could give to the my neovim configuration file so I could configure it in such way ...
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Prevent saving buffer with new name

I am developing a command line application that uses VIM to edit an existing file - think visudo or crontab -e When I launch VIM, I'm passing it the path of an existing file. I want the user to be ...
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Can I disable running shell commands in Vim?

I am developing a command line application that uses Vim to edit an existing file. Think visudo or crontab -e. Is there any command line option that I can pass to Vim to disable shell commands?
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Does each indention option override the previous one?

From :h indent.txt: ...each one overrides the previous if it is enabled... Now if I set 'cin' after 'ai', Does 'cin' disable the effect of 'ai'?. If no, so what is the purpose of "override" ...
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Differences between local & global

From :h 'ar': ...If this option has a local value, use this command to switch back to using the global value: :set autoread< What do local & global value exactly mean? I ...
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Differences between indention options

I have read 'ai', 'si', 'cin', 'ci' help pages in Vim but I still cannot realize that what indention option is good for me. Yes, I can read that :help pages again and set whatever I need in my vimrc ...
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Why are tabs adjacent to concealed tabs displayed wider than a single tabstop?

I just wrote the following code in an answer to another question: syntax match HideTwoIndents /\v^\t(\t)?/ conceal set conceallevel=2 This works great if 'list' is set and if 'listchars' does not ...
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Can I set multiple 'options' with a single `:set` command spread over multiple lines?

Is there any way to set options typed on multiple lines with a single :set command? Here is a part of my vimrc: se nu se sm se hls And as you see, I have se on every line in which I set an option. ...
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Differ between 'softtabstop' and 'expandtab' options in function

If you use of softtabstop and expandtab options in vary ways and try to test them, these options are opposite in function (at least as I think). et option will produce the appropriate number of space ...
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A request for explain some options

I am writing my first vimrc and I already read help pages for hidden & nostartofline options and some other article (like that and others FAQ) But I still can't understand what the purpose of this ...
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There is no timeout on option

According to: this wiki & :help timeout in vim when I set this option: set notimeout ttimeout ttimeoutlen=200 It should set a keycode timeout in 200ms when I add this in my .vimrc file But ...
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Vim prints options on quit

I've noticed that recently when I quit vim it prints the following text to the terminal: --- Options --- background=dark helplang=en relativenumber cursorline number scroll=11 runtimepath=~/...
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set formatprg dynamically based on textwidth?

I've set formatprg in my vimrc to use the par text formatter when I type gq. setg formatprg=par\ -w90 When I'm in a buffer whose textwidth has been set (e.g. the gitcommit filetype sets textwidth=72)...
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When to use the after/ directory?

I understand it's the place to put things that should have the final say and not be overridden by another source, but I'm unclear on how to decide when to put something in, say, ~/.vim/after/ftplugin/ ...
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Change the looks of the character limit ruler

I wonder if there is a way to have a ruler displayed between the 80th and the 81th character in vim. I know that one can highlight the 81th column, but that actually looks as ugly as something from ...
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How to apply a setting in all open tabs and windows?

Is there an option to apply a setting in all tabs and windows, e.g. apply :set number to all open tabs?
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In VIM, Change the number that relative lines numbers start from

I've turned on vim's relative line numbers, it starts from 0 but doing somthing like 10dd means I only get up to line 9, leaving the last one behind (becuase it's 10 including the current line). Yes, ...
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`set` option with variables

I am trying to rewrite adding a string to option with variable. The original string is set rtp+=~/.vim/bundle/Vundle.vim The following is the working let way: let MYVIMDIR='/home/loom/foo' let &...
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How to list the available options of a plugin?

I recently found out that YouCompleteMe has an g:ycm_autoclose_preview_window_after_insertion option that automatically hides the documentation preview window after exiting insert mode, and I also ...
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How to show trailing spaces, while leaving tabs as they are?

I like the ability to show trailing whitespaces, so I have this setting. set list listchars=tab:\ \ ,trail:· I never use tabs (although I don't think tabs are bad, it's just a convention), but ...
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I don't understand the purpose and behavior of options “local to a window”

I don't understand the purpose of options that are "local to a window", such as for example colorcolumn and how they behave. This is a sequence to demonstrate what I mean: I start gvim. An empty, ...
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Problem converting the string “0.5” to a number

I'm currently reading Learn Vimscript the Hard Way. I did the following experiments as an exercise in the book. :let &wrap="1.5" :let &wrap="0.5" :let &wrap=str2nr("0.5",8) The first one ...
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When I view local options (i.e. :setlocal) - what do the “odd” prefixes (i.e. '--') mean?

I'm working with CentOS 7, and Vim 7.4, :setl --- Local option values --- autoindent define= include= path= softtabstop=4 --autoread ...
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How do I delete/unset a buffer local option (such as autoread)?

In a new buffer, the expression &l:autoread evaluates to the value -1, indicating that the local option autoread has not yet been set with :setl autoread or :setl noautoread. When I set the local ...
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How to not display a certain error

My situation is, I have set nowrapscan, however now, when I hit the end of a file, it will display E385: search hit BOTTOM without match for: \v^[^=]*(… How can I avoid that from displaying? I used ...
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Is there some way to echo from terminal into new vim buffer [duplicate]

Let's say I do a simple shell command like ls. Is there some way to directly pipe the output into a new vim buffer, so that I could edit it in place or just have a look at it. Basically like less + ...
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How to save and restore the result of the command 'set'?

From :h :set we know that :se[t] Show all options that differ from their default value. In a vimscript I'd like to save all these options which have been modified by the user, modify them and ...
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Sourcing vimrc changes vimrc's formatoptions

I do vim .vimrc and my vimrc opens with formatoptions=jcroql. Then I do :source .vimrc and check the formatoptions again; they changed to tcq. As far as I know there's nothing in my file that ...
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cpoptions and parenthesis text objects

Haskell has a literal syntax for anonymous functions of \pattern0 pattern1 [...] patternN -> expression which interacts oddly with vim's parenthesis text objects when pattern0 starts with a (. ...
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How do I exclude the → from file name characters?

I have several files that prefix file names with a → character, for example In →path/to/some/file, there is a foo, in →path/to/other/file, there is a bar. etc. When the cursor is over such a path, I'...
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How to disable extends/precedes charaters in nowrap

I want to view a big blob of text (ascii-graphics), but when I use :set nowrap some < and > symbols appears at the left and right borders of the buffer window. They are kinda annoying and I ...
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How do I set an option only if there are multiple windows?

Sometimes when I load several buffers at once into multiple windows I might get confused with the position of the cursor, I get lost when I change from buffer to buffer. Therefore I'd like to trigger ...
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Are spaces OK in set statements?

Is it OK to use spaces for better readability in a .vimrc? For example, right now I have: set number| "show line numbers set history=1000 Would it be OK to write instead: set number | "show line ...
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What controls indentation of lines following an open square bracket when using cindent?

I am trying to build my own indent file for JavaScript. The default indent file for JavaScript turns cindent on, with minimal modifications, and I am using that as a base. On Vim 7.3 for OSX El ...
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The simplest way to start Vim in private mode

I want to be able to easily start Vim in a private mode. Let's define a private mode as one that utilizes this set of commands: set history=0 set nobackup set nomodeline set noshelltemp set ...
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Is there a trick to set 'ignorecase' locally

ignorecase is a global option, so it's not possible to locally set ic :setlocal ic This is a bit unfortunate, since I work on buffers in which I need to search case insensitively and other buffers ...
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Is there a vim command line option to edit last edited file?

Is there a way to run vim from command line to edit the last edited file? Let say I first edit file giorgio.sh: $ vi giorgio.sh Afterwards, I exit back to terminal $ do something... $ do something ...
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How can I suppress the “reading from STDIN” message from within Vim?

When using Vim to read from stdin, it prints a informative message: $ echo foo | vim - Vim: Reading from stdin... $ This is just an example. The actual use doesn't allow shell constructs. vim <(...
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Vimscript insert after cursor

I am aware of the startinsert command which switch to insert mode as if the i key was pressed. With the ! it behaves like A. Do you know if there is some kind of option to go to insert mode like we ...