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How do I close Vim externally?

Let's say I have a X11 server that's hanging, keeping me from saving the work from the XTerm Vim session that X11 server controls. (Not GVim, just regular Vim-in-XTerm.) Is there a way that I could (...
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How to exit Vim from split mode?

How to efficiently exit Vim when editing multiple files in the split mode at one go? It seems when I'm having e.g. 10 split windows, I've to repeat 10 times :q! command for each window which is a bit ...
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What are the differences between :wq<cr> :x<cr> and ZZ when exiting vim?

Vi and Vim, as all of you know, have many synonyms. There are three ways I know of to save the file and exit Vim and Vi. These are :wq <cr>, :x <cr> and ZZ. I have heard that these are ...
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Terminal borked after invoking Vim with xargs

I've sometimes tried invoking Vim using xargs, like this: find . -name '*.java' | xargs vim … which kind of works: As Vim launches, I see the following warning flash briefly: Vim: Warning: Input ...
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What's the difference between "quit" and "abort"?

When I try to open a file from multiple vim instances, I get an error with several options: Swap file "~/.vim/tmp/file.swp" already exists! [O]pen Read-Only, (E)dit anyway, (R)ecover, (Q)uit, (A)bort:...
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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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