Questions tagged [vimscript]

A scripting language embedded into Vim. It can be used to customize Vim to suit your needs and to create plugins. Also called VimL.

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How can I decide whether a file can be opened in VIm or not?

I want to make a script with FZF (Fuzzy Finder) and I want to show only those file which can be opened with VIM. So, I don't want to list mp4, jpg, pdf etc files in FZF. So, is there any way to ...
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How do I call functions and commands from .vim files in Vader tests?

I am trying to write tests using Vader plugin but unfortunately, every time I try to invoke a command/function in Execute/Do block it doesn't see seems to work on the text provided in Given block! # ...
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How can I display multiple lines in the same compiler error when using :cn?

I am using Vim for Rust development. I have a custom error format that works very well, except that newline characters in error messages are suppressed when scrolling through errors with :cn. This ...
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Set line breaks, word wraps and word searching for Thai and other non-latin languages

I can set the text width and can manually line break imported paragraphs with the following as an example. set textwidth=72 gqq I can also navigate English text files with the standard 'w' 'b' 'e' '*...
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Why does vim CursorMoved event triggered in this script?

I'm writing a vim script. When fun() is called, I want a new window of 3 lines height is opened, with the content of register h displayed. And then, when the user moved the cursor, like hjkl, the ...
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Completly silencing commands like `dd`, `:delete` of old vim versions (7.4.152)

Discl. I'm perfectly aware of :silent :delete or silent :normal dd, I'm also aware of execute(). My context is that I run unit tests with vimrunner on travis, with the version of Vim currently ...
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Syntax highlighting: what is the difference between :syntax match and :match?

Simple question -- what is the difference between the two? When I try, for example, to highlight characters on every line after the 80th with highlight link OverLength Error (OverLength being an ...
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Quickly correcting spelling mistakes but omitting some cases

I am using vim as a note-taking app. Following an earlier answer here , I have the following mappings which allow me to quickly correct earlier spelling mistakes: " spelling imap <C-l> <...
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Conditional mapping for two plugins (UltiSnips and Vimwiki)

Vimwiki table default mappings include <tab> for moving to the next table column in insert mode. Also UltiSnips default mappings include <tab> for expanding snippets in insert mode. Here ...
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Can you read the value of `showcmd` in a vimscript function?

I don't know how to make any vimscript I'm writing or running aware of what my pending command is! Specifically: When I hit ^W in preparation to change the window I'm selecting, I'd like to have my ...
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How to delete the previous buffer when loading new result from quick-fix window?

In the quick-fix window, if I'm loading new results, the previous buffers stay which I don't want. I want only those buffers to stay which I open intentionally (e.g. to write new code, do diff of ...
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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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Resource for highlight syntax debugging

I’ve been developing a Vim syntax file for ISC Bind 9.15+ The stock named.vim that came with Vim is quite outdated (V9.4) About 89 syntaxes out of 498 have been completed so far to catch up. But ...
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What happens when error occurs during cdo?

:h :cdo says: When an error is detected execution stops. The last buffer (or where an error occurred) becomes the current buffer. Let's see what really happens: ...
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How to identify the last DiffUpdated event?

The DiffUpdated event has been added in patch-8.1.0397. Sometimes the event occurs a few times in a session. For example, when 2 files are opened in diff mode, ":e!" generates the event 3 times. As ...
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Vim+Tmux: How to switch between Tmux Windows and Vim Tab Pages Seamlessly using the Alt Key?

In Vim I can switch between tab pages with :tabnext- to go left and tabnext+ to go right, simulating the tabs on an IDE. In Tmux I can switch between windows using <prefix>p and <prefix>n ...
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Is it possible to call searchpair or searchpairpos on string instead of current buffer?

searchpair or searchpairpos works only on current buffer. Are there similar functions work on string instead of buffer?
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Integrating autocomplete and snippets

I'm trying to set up an autocompletion/snippet workflow that's a bit complicated. This is stemming from needing a better workflow for latex. Right now I'm using coc.nvim and UltiSnippets but I am ...
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Jump to last position when using vim netrw to open a file

I am looking to jump automatically to the last position in any file that I open. I have in my ~/.vimrc file: autocmd BufReadPost * ...
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display list of buffers `ls` without scrolling down

Is there a way to display output at the bottom of the screen like ls does, but without scrolling down to accomodate the output? The Vim Wiki (no https) has the following snippet :nnoremap <A-n>...
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How to escape paths for findfile() and finddir()?

I have run into an escaping problem with the path argument to findfile({name}, {path}) / finddir({name}, {path}). In my code path is a directory, obtained via fnamemodify(<file>, ':h'). Until ...
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How to make YouCompleteMe work with cgo

In C, YouCompleteMe could autocomplte the function if I include the header file in code: I want it work like C, when I write Go code and include the C header file in cgo: So, how should I config ...
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Is it possible to develop decent plugins using Ruby?

I've been playing around trying to learn VimL and to do so, I'm toying with the Evernote Ruby SDK to do basic stuff. Is there a reference manual where to find a full Ruby bindings guide or something ...
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Implement “Press any key to close” in neovim terminal buffer

When running shell commands in a terminal buffer I often just want to examine the output, and then close the buffer. Let's say I call :term ls. How would I implement a simple "Press any key to close" ...
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vim cpp syntax contained region

I define four key words and two regions in vim scripts syn keyword KeywordA A nextgroup=rangeA skipwhite skipnl skipempty syn keyword KeywordB B contained containedin=rangeA nextgroup=rangeB ...
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custom tab completion with whitespaces

I'm trying to write a custom completion function for filenames and sometimes they can have whitespaces. So far I've been using this command! -nargs=1 -complete=customlist,MyComplete MyFunc execute ...
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How can I view all of the vimscript run by a command? (neovim)

I want something similar to what I get when I enter debug mode and type "step", then enter and up, enter and up, ten thousand times... But without having to do all that work, allows it to be done ...
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Autocorrect spelling mistakes using Google?

I found an automation script written in AutoHotKey very inspiring. It relies on the search result from Google to correct the wrongly spelled words. The script: ; Ctrl+Alt+c autocorrect selected text ...
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Avoid ending up in mode from onoremap

When I'm on an empty line and press cfa, nothing happens, whereas on a line with an a, it will go into insert mode. E.g. I have this: onoremap <silent> a :normal! Favfz Whether I am on an ...
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How do I resolve Error E108: No such variable: “b:eclim_tab_id” in textfmt plugin v3.0?

I manually installed the txtfmt plugin (Brett Stahlman's The Vim Highlighter) ver 3.0. After trying to run :MakeTestPage, I get the following error: Error detected while processing function <SNR&...
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escaping a character included in a conceal command vimscript

I'm playing with conceal in help files to highlight / colour specific text strings which was working fine until I added the :print: example below. Using this concealed all the : as expected so I ...
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How to implement a check-in test for omni completion script?

I've been working in an omni-completion script for Vim that is becoming more and more complex. At this point I'm interested in implementing some kind of check-in regression test for the script. Any ...
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cannot run `:normal s<CR>` just for nerdtree (opens file vertically splitted)

what im trying to achieve: use <C-V> to paste text in normal mode in current buffer use same <C-V> to vertically split a file from nerdtree what i know: when you are with your cursor in ...
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neovim, vimscript execute keystroke from function

I am trying to execute a keystroke from function when its called. However, it does not work. function SmartNERDTreeFocus() if expand('%') =~ 'NERD_tree.*' normal <C-w><C-p> ...
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Center-align command bar and/or tabs bar

I'm often using vim fullscreen on an extrawide monitor (multiple splits, including terminals). Because both the command bar and the tabs bar span the full terminal width and are left-aligned, commands ...
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How to create key bindings that apply on in a quickfix buffer?

The autoload command can be used to execute code depending on a range of events and filetypes. When I list the active buffers, the buffer hosting the quickfix window has what seems to be a unique ...
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vimscript - copy a file from one path to another

How do I rewrite this line of code call system("cp /tmp/foo.txt /tmp/bar.txt") into a vim command which is more portable and OS-independent? I've been looking around but checking for "...
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Local “statusline” override problem

I'm currently writing a plugin, and got stuck with this problem. My plugin opens a new window with all local options I want, but also sets the statusline option to display some useful information. Vim ...
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embed one text file in another and edit the embedded file from the file it's embedded in

Is there any existing plugin or gist somewhere that would allow you to embed one text file inside another? Ideally it'd also allow editing the embedded file from the file in which it is embedded. ...
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How to populate the preview window?

I need to show a 'prompt' in the preview window when the user makes a selection of an item in a popup window, which is similar to the way the tern-for-vim completion plugin does in Javascript files, ...
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Design guideline for doing both autocompletion and highlighting?

For Vim, are there any design guidelines for simultaneously doing autocompletion and syntax highlighting? For the NFTABLES command line (and file) syntaxes, I see lots of recurring but partial syntax ...
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How can I send a visual selection to another file, at a line with a certain pattern?

I'd like to be able to yank a visual selection and then append it to another file at a certain line (according to a pattern). In particular (as shown in the attached screenshot), as an example i'd ...
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Provide arbitrary arguments to a snippet in UltiSnips

There are numerous occasions where you might want to have another optional argument in your snippet. Lets say I want to have a numbered list for example. Preferably I'd call something like enum3 which ...
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get current vim mode inside vimscript code

I would like to be able to get the current usual mode of vim inside a vim script (and not only inside the statusline). I need this functionality to build a vim script linked with ruby script to be ...
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Can I use feedkeys() inside of a keyloop implemented by getchar()

I implemented a fuzzy filter, which accept a list argument, open a window with a scratch buffer whose content set to the list, then waiting for use input and do filtering. Here is why I ask this ...
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Neovim highlight syntax region inside typescript tagged template literal

I am having trouble fixing a syntax plugin for Vim. I've found a bug in a plugin that has not been touched in a fair amount of time. I want to address it myself but I believe I am lacking in a lot of ...
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How to use actual window size to control vim settings?

Background: neovim with tagbar plugin installed Goal: when starting nvim, if current window size is larger than 100, open tagbar and set auto-open for new buffers. Currently I use the settings below ...
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How to set the language for the user interface using vimscript?

I know I can change the language of the Vim user interface using :language en_US.UTF-8, but how can I do that using vimscript? set language=en_US.UTF-8 is invalid, and the Vim documentation says that ...
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How to flush job output in vim8?

Trying to do something with job output in exit_cb or close_cb, but it's all buffered, how to flush it. e.g.: function! s:exit_cb(job, status) echom getbufline(s:bufnr, '$') endfunction function! s:...
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Live search in temporary buffer

Faced a problem that I cannot force the buffer with results and the input field to work together, but not in turn (like in CtrlP) function! s:SearchByListFiles(all_files, query) let searched = [] ...