Questions tagged [vimrc]

Vim reads initialization commands from a file called vimrc on startup. This can be used to set settings, define functions, execute autocommands, and more.

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Why does the order of :set bg=dark and :set bg=light matter?

While trying to match up my terminal's colour palette and GVim's I noticed this: When I open GVim and Vim, I see: (That's the same file, my vimrc.) If I do :set t_Co=256, nothing happens in GVim (...
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Is it possible to use vim's clientserver functionality to keep settings synchronized?

I usually have multiple instances of vim running on the same machine. When I make a change to my vimrc I can just :source ~/.vimrc (with an easy mapping or an autocmd). But in order to have all ...
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set formatoptions in vimrc is being ignored

Vim automatically continues a comment when I press Enter in Insert mode, which I find helpful. However, I do not want the comment continued after pressing 'o' from normal mode to insert a new line ...
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vundle “filetype plugin indent on” messes with tabwidth

I installed vundle yesterday and since I did, the tabwidth I configured in my vimrc is ignored and set back to 4 instead of 2. I found out that the following line after the vundle paragraph is ...
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Echo message on startup without prompting

I'd like to echo a custom message upon startup, based on whether or not certain startup functions were successful. I tried this in my .vimrc echo 'test' "All my settings ... I'd like vim to echo a ...
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Why is set exrc dangerous?

I've seen set exrc mentioned in various places for using per-directory .vimrc files, but every time it's been mentioned it's been with strong admonition not to actually use it because it's dangerous. ...
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How can I highlight matching “%” names (e.g. if/end, for/end) defined by matchit.vim on selection?

Currently my Vim highlights matching parentheses, brackets, quotes, etc. with Cyan background and white foreground -- the cursor can be moved between these with %. Thanks to my matchit.vim, I can also ...
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Is it possible to remove an entry from the undo history?

I have these lines in my .vimrc to help with indentation: autocmd BufReadPost * set noexpandtab | retab! 4 autocmd BufWritePre * set expandtab | retab! 4 autocmd BufWritePost * set noexpandtab | ...
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Why doesn't YouCompleteMe complete function paramters?

I'd like to use YouCompleteMe with C++ semantic completion, but after hours of trying, I can't find why it doesn't work as expected. Everything seems to be working but I can't complete function ...
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How can I copy/paste new text without auto-indentation at every new line?

How I paste now: Right-click/Copy or simply highlight. Right-click/Paste or Middle Click or CTRL+SHFT+V Indents appear at increasing intervals: 0, 2, 4, 6, + Question at hand: From prior research, ...
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How can put .vimrc and viminfo into .vim directory?

All the vim related files installed on /usr/share/vim/vim74. cd /home/debian8/ ls .vim* .viminfo .vimrc To create .vim directory to install some plugin for customization. mkdir .vim mkdir ....
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Why won't vim source my .vimrc file

Today, I found my .vimrc didn't take effect. It was ok just hours ago. When I launched vim with $vim --plugin, :scriptnames echoed nothing: .vimrc file was not sourced. (Note: /etc/vimrc was removed ...
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How to write condition with regular expression?

I'm aware of the following comparison: if @% == "/tmp/crontab.zi5NeVPGRc" set nobackup set nowritebackup set noundofile set noswapfile endif But how can I use regular expression? For example ...
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Environment Variable for Personal Runtime Path? (~/.vim on *nix, ~/vimfiles on win32)

I'm trying to move my .viminfo file into my .vim/ folder for cleaner syncing across multiple machines. (I have my .vim stored on Dropbox, and then create symlinks to it from my home directory.) So ...
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Current line number aligned to the left with number and relativenumber

I use relative line numbers along with an absolute line number for the current line: set number set relativenumber The absolute current line number is always aligned to the left, and the help pages (...
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What is the difference of using `au BufNewFile,BufRead *.py` and `au Filetype python` in .vimrc?

As I am setting .vimrc, I found these two code blocks have the same functionality. au Filetype python set \ tabstop=4 \ softtabstop=4 \ shiftwidth=4 \ textwidth=79 and au ...
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How can I edit my Vim configuration whilst working in Vim?

I am new to Vim and I want to be able to edit scripts with my keyboard bindings and other Vim settings while still working in Vim. For instance I would like all most of my set xx commands to be in ...
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How do I add skeleton text to new vim files?

I use Vim for writing C++, and I have quite a few #include<> statements, comments, etc. that I must include in each new file I create. I've added autocmd BufNewFile *.cpp r C:\(full file path ...
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I can't switch to | cursor in insert mode

I want to change cursors to a | character in insert mode, and then back to a block in normal mode. I am using urxvt as my terminal, and neovim. To switch cursors in my terminal, I run the following ...
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Where do I put my “vimrc” file for Neovim on Windows?

:help nvim-from-vim says: create ~/.config/nvim/init.vim with these contents: set runtimepath+=~/.vim,~/.vim/after set packpath+=~/.vim source ~/.vimrc and: If your system sets $...
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How do I prevent Vim from unindenting empty lines?

Vim keeps unindenting the lines I want to keep indented if I don't write anything on them... I'll give an example, where the | is the caret. Caret is indented and I press enter if expression: ...
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Override cursorline background color by syntax highlighting

I've set the background color of the current line to light gray like this: hi CursorLine cterm=NONE ctermbg=253 (Note that my color scheme is black-on-white.) However, this way any background ...
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Use backspace to modify the current command in normal mode?

Sometimes when entering a command in normal mode you may make a typo, for example if I intend to type 10dk, I might accidentally start typing 19d. Since the command has not been completed/committed ...
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Convert a search to a command in Vim

Often I will do a search to find things in Vim, such as: /-some-regex-here And after seeing what if grabs and iterating through a few of the results, I want to do a find-replace. Is there a way to ...
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How to quickly type a C expression where the assigned-to variable is repeated?

I sometimes want to type an expression like this: table[row][col] = std::max(table[row][col], other_table[row+1][col+1]) (this is C++ code. Unfortunately there's no way in C++ to eliminate the ...
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How to refer to “~/vimfiles” on Windows and “~/.vim” on Linux?

Consider an answer to How do I install a plugin in Vim/vi?: call plug#begin('~/.vim/plugged') " For MS Windows, this is probably better: "call plug#begin('~/vimfiles/plugged') And more generally, ...
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How do I change the Airline theme?

I'm using airline with its default theme (relying from my theme gruvbox). I use :AirlineTheme base16 while I have already opened my vim to change my airline theme to base16. But I want to change the ...
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How safe is it to use an unknown `_vimrc` or `vimscript` file?

I do not know if this question should be asked here or not. In almost every language, malware exists. Is the same also applicable for vimscript? Suppose vim is running with high system privileges. Is ...
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How to jump to buffer from ls?

Is there any way to jump to a buffer by entering buffer number right from :ls? I mean, why this command expect me to Press ENTER or type command to continue, if pressing for example 2, wouldn't do ...
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How to color comments after a defined column

I once was given these materials to enable this helper for vim to show kind of a vertical line in order to help enforce PEP8 rules on line length limit at column 80: " Long lines highlighting. ...
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How do I configure vim to show a character when a line is too long to be displayed?

I want to be notified when a line is too long to fit in the window. Right now I have this in ~/.vimrc: set wrap let &showbreak = ' +++ ' I'd like to change that to: set nowrap let &...
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How to make vimrc settings applicable for a directory tree only [duplicate]

Is there a way to make certain vimrc configuration valid only for files under a defined directory tree? Or alternatively, is there a way to have a .vimrc file in a directory, and make its setting ...
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Is it possible to get the rule (cinoptions) that govern the indentation for a specific line in vim

I have the following code: namespace { template<typename T> struct One // This is the odd line { // impl details } template<typename T> struct Two { // impl details } }...
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What is the relevance of has(“autocmd”) today?

Context I have been using Vim for more than 6 years and have compiled it from source a couple of times during that period. Over the years my vimrc did grow. Now, I am trying to clean my vimrc and I ...
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How do I make Vim wait indefinitely after leader key has been pressed?

I'm trying to make Vim wait after the leader key indefinitely without messing with the timeoutlen of other keys. Currently I have this lines in my vimrc: let mapleader=" " set timeoutlen=2000 ...
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What is fileencoding of .vimrc?

I've upgraded vim and now it's unhappy about some UTF-8 values in my .vimrc. This lead me to the question -- when vim reads .vimrc, what encoding does it assume the file has? I.e. what's fileencoding ...
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Visual scrolling/visual <C-e> and <C-y> across wrapped lines?

This has been asked on stackoverflow before, but it seems it still has no solution. Perhaps that has changed with Vim 8.0. I'd like to be able to scroll (i.e. scroll-wheel, or <C-y>/<C-e> ...
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Why is key mapping nnoremap <S-C-k> :w<CR> not working?

I'm trying to make it so I can write a buffer to disk with one keystroke. (Side note: ideally, I'd like this to work in all modes, but for the moment as a start I'm just trying to get it to work in ...
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How to change the value of timeout for one key command?

What I want To temporarily change the timeout value for certain key commands Where I've looked From :help 'timeout' I have : The timeout only happens when the 'timeout' and 'ttimeout' options tell so. ...
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Are there any comprehensive docs for vimrc?

I'm trying to find complete documentation for the possible contents of .vimrc. Here's what I've tried: Google search. Plenty of examples, no docs. Official docs man vim :help vimrc Searching this ...
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Advice to add `set nocompatible` as first line of .vimrc

I recall (perhaps in the early 2000's) having set nocompatible as the first line of my vimrc and most Vim guides and tutorials recommending that practice. Some examples I could easily find online: ...
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How to jump back to the cursor position before I entered insert mode?

I'm trying to set up normal mode mappings to make it easy to add white space around the cursor: <C-h> will add one space to the right of the cursor; <C-j> will add a newline below; <C-...
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Is the ~/.vim directory used for anything other than plugins?

What is the ~/.vim file used for, if anything, other than plugins? Is it part of Vim, or was it "invented" by plugin managers like Vundle?
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How can I increase floating number with ctrl-a without deleting zeros?

When I'm trying to increase numbers with CtrlA it removes the leading and the trailing zeros. For example: 1.009500 1.09500 1.0009500 Results after pressing CtrlA: 1.009500 -> 1.9501 1.09500 ...
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a highlight command resets previously declared highlights

I'm trying to tune the highlighting in my vim and I'm trying to set some syntax groups via the match command and highlight them in my vimrc file, because those groups are generic and do not belong to ...
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How to break a long mapping line into several short lines in vimrc mapping

I have a very long vimrc mapping to deal with for example nnoremap <space>e :exe "!tmux send-keys -t.- 'cd $TEST' Enter"<Cr> :exe "!tmux send-keys -t.- 'source $TEST_NT/bin/activate' ...
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How to have endless vim history?

According to h: help: Use the 'history' option to set the number of lines that are remembered (default: 20) I know I can set the number of lines higher, yet is there an "endless" option that ...
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How to enter tilde (~), back tick (`) and special chars with a non-US keyboard?

I usually use Vim with an Italian keyboard (I'm from Italy), (mainly in an Ubuntu Linux Virtualbox guest from a Windows host). I have problems when I have to enter some frequently used characters (...
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How to make horizontal scrolling easier when the cursor is not ideally located?

For easy horizontal scrolling in long lines, I use these mappings that work well for me: map <m-[> 20zh map <m-]> 20zl Something that has always annoyed me is when the following use case ...
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key mapping best practices

I found that I frequently needed a command in INSERT mode to open a line above the cursor (what O does in NORMAL mode) I put this in my .vimrc inoremap ao <esc>O It works well. I chose the ...

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