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Remove blank lines at end of file

How can I augment/modify my trailing whitespace logic to also remove any empty or all whitespace lines at the end of a file? My current whitespace stripping logic in my .vimrc is: "remove ...
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Convert spaces to tabs on only one line

So I know that, in Vim, I can use the :retab command to convert an entire file from multiple-spaces to tabs or from tabs to spaces, depending on the value of :set expandtab. But is there a way that I ...
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How to configure pylsp installed by Mason with lsp-zero for nvim?

I want to disable a specific error/warning - E203. This is my lsp.lua where I tried to add ignore config according to this doc from lsp-zero git local lsp = require("lsp-zero") lsp.preset(&...
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find first non-blank column in visual selection

If I select all of these lines in linewise-visual mode hi there how do you do How can I get the column number of the first non-blank character from the left? I.e. the minimum ...
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What does breakat&vim mean?

I'm trying to understand this SO answer. The snippet reads: :set nolist wrap linebreak breakat&vim
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How to make `lead` override `trail` in listchars

I have the following lines in my .vimrc. set list set listchars=lead:·,trail:⎵ Whenever I have a line consisting of only spaces, the character shown is ⎵. How can I make vim prefer · in this scenario?...
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How do I add spaces to a file path in vimrc?

I am trying to set the shell to git bash in my vimrc. I have this: The code says: set shell=C:\Program Files\Git\git-bash.exe But because there's a whitespace in Program Files, it acts as a separate ...
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How Can I Use The Error Color for `guibg` and `ctermbg`

I have the following Vim code which highlights trailing whitespace in red: highlight ExtraWhitespace ctermbg=red guibg=red match ExtraWhitespace /\s\+$/ But instead of making the color "red"...
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Vim search: how to factor in the white space during the search?

Doing a search with / can be useful, however, it becomes harder to find things if the term you are searching for is a part of other words. I have a large text document with notes i've made about the ...
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zf add fold marker comments with preceding spaces

Setting foldmethod=marker, I can highlight a few lines, press zf to fold them. By default vi will add {{{ and }}} at the ends of the beginning and ending lines. I am working on shell scripts with ...
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Only highlight trailing whitespace in normal mode

I have some code in my ~/.vimrc to highlight trailing whitespace. " Highlight trailing whitespace hi TrailingWhitespace ctermbg=red guibg=red matchadd("TrailingWhitespace", '\v\s+$') I ...
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How to remove Neovim trailing white space?

In Vim I used autocmd BufWritePre * :%s/\s\+$//e to delete trailing white space on save. Now, Neovim 0.7 has the new vim.api.nvim_create_autocmd. What is the correct syntax to adapt this autocmd in ...
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Next paragraph - don't skip lines with white spaces

When using { and } to skip to the next paragraph, the behavior is unpredictable since I can't see white spaces. I have tried to show line endings to see which lines have spaces, but I don't like the ...
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Remove blank lines appearing between non-blank lines without a regex?

What is the quickest way to un-doublespace in Vim, without using a regex? I.e., convert line one <emptyline> line two <emptyline> line three to line one line two line three There's gotta ...
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What is the empty space in this document and how do I. get rid of them

Here is my document: What is the thing that my cursor is on? It is definitely not a whitspace as all white space should be marked with ␣. And more importantly, how do I get rid of it? I have tried :g/...
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How do I replace single whitespaces without affecting multi-whitespace such as indentation in Vim?

I have textfiles with paths that have lost underscores between words inline in an OCR process. I want to keep the indentation and put back the underscores in the paths. I have a path like this: /...
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Option to prevent outer yank (ya') from yanking leading whitespace?

If i have something like foo( 'parameter' ) and I press ya' with the cursor somewhere inside the parameter string then the indentation space gets yanked too and I end up with 'parameter' in my * ...
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Avoid colours of white space

Added a lot of stuff to my vimrc lately and I am not sure what is causing vim to colour the whitespaces. The colour disappears when I save the file. However I would like to disable this feature. Is ...
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Matching any Unicode whitespace

I'd like to match in Vim any whitespace character, not only normal space (U+0020) and tab (U+0009) with \s, and the other ASCII ones like form feed (U+000C) with [[:space:]], but any Unicode ...
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Keep whitespace from indent even on empty line [duplicate]

I am working with python files with filetype indent on. I like a lot of the default indenting features for python, but I would like vim to keep the tabs, even on empty lines. For example, using set ...
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How to convert spaces on a line to tabs?

I know there's a way because it happened by accident. I was frenetically moving in a short region of text and at some point, with some wrong keystroke, the leading spaces on the line became a tab (and ...
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What is the shortkey for adding a space before a word in normal mode?

I have the following text: #Text My cursor is on character T; I want to obtain # Text i.e., to put a space between # and T, without "pressing i and then space". Instead, I want to do so in ...
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How to use different rules for highlighting trailing whitespace inside a gitcommit diff?

In my ~/.vimrc, I have: highlight TrailingWhitespace ctermbg=blue autocmd BufReadPost * syn match TrailingWhitespace /\s\+\%#\@<!$/ This highlights trailing spaces, except when I am still typing ...
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Why do some Ex commands not need a white space before a path argument?

For example, why does this work: edit/home/foo/bar.txt (I had to enter visual to see the changes) I was expecting a whitespace after edit, like: edit /home/foo/bar.txt I couldn't find a reference in ...
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Stop vim from deleting expanded tab as a block of spaces

I am on CentOS 8.1 and using vim 8.0.1763. When I open a python file, e.g. vim tmp.py, I type tab and it inserts 4 spaces (see .vimrc below). When I type delete, it deletes all 4 spaces. I want it ...
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<Space> doesn't insert a space within a function

So I'm trying to have a function type out a space which goes as follows: function! UnderlineHeading(level) if a:level == 1 normal! yypVr= elseif a:level == 2 normal! yypVr- else ...
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Turning the `match` command on and off

I found this useful setting form this post, which highlights trailing whitespaces : highlight ExtraWhitespace ctermbg=grey guibg=grey noremap <F10> :match ExtraWhitespace /\s\+$/<CR> This ...
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How can I make zz not center cursor when approaching end of file?

When I press zz at the end of file, the line is displayed at the center of screen by having many empty lines having empty lines beyond end of file is great, but this is too much. Is there a way to ...
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How to delete and replace a block of text with spaces?

What I want to do I want to select a block of text in Vim, delete it, and replace the selected block with spaces. Example Suppose I have the following text: Lorem ipsum dolor sit amet, ...
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Function to remove all trailing whitespace

I have the following function to remove every trailing white space from the document, without changing my cursor position function! StripTrailingWhitespaces() let l = line('.') let c = col('.') ...
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What option controls how much space is added after a new line?

When I set tw vim will auto wrap lines at tw. When breaking that line vim usually places some spaces to keep the indentation of the previous line. Example foo bar<suppose that a wrap happens ...
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Leading blank line with execute function()

When I run :echo execute('echo "oh"') I get a leading blank line before the "oh" message. This happens with when I use no vimrc as well. Why is this?
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Disable automatic whitespace marking in red

I am experiencing a behavior as depicted in the picture below: vim marks the redundant spacing in red. I would like to completely remove this behavior. At the moment my .vimrc file reads as: set ...
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Visual indicator for a file that doesn't end in newline

Inside of my editor (almost fresh install of neovim) there is no visual way to distinguish between a file that ends in a newline and a file that doesn't. In my command line (zsh default?) there is a ...
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Listchar for Preceding Indentation Space

At the moment, I'm trying to highlight the spaces/tabs used for indentation and the end-of-line with special characters. Although I prefer tabs over spaces I also need the spaces highlighted in order ...
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Moved from vim to neovim and now <BS> deletes 4 spaces at a time, instead of 1 as I'm used to. How to fix?

I've used vim for ages and am really used to inserting four spaces by hitting tab, but then being deleting them one by one. Now that I've switched to neovim this has changed to it inserting four ...
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Moving to the end of the last word on a line

There are commands to distinguish between the beginning of a line (0) and the beginning of the first word of the line (^), basically ignoring leading whitespace. But I can only find one way to move ...
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Delete whitespace before and after word

I have some text with two dashes: This is some text -- with two dashes. I want to delete the space before and after the dashes: This is some text--with two dashes. Is there a way this can be done ...
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Stop Vim from deleting trailing whitespace [closed]

Vim automatically strips trailing whitespace from my files on save, which is extremely annoying in various contexts. How do I disable this behaviour? This question is not a duplicate of this one, ...
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Replace tabs with appropriate number of spaces

I have this texts drwxr-xr-x enan enan Jan 15 16:10 Desktop/ drwxr-xr-x enan enan Jan 16 20:09 Documents/ drwxr-xr-x enan enan Jan 20 19:52 Downloads/ drwxr-xr-x enan ...
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Expandtab converts spaces to newline character?

When I enabled expandtab in vim by putting these in .vimrc: set tw=4 set expandtab Vim comverted every space typed by me to a newline character. Like with the above settings whenever I type a new ...
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On the length of tabs after an initial character

Length of tabs after initial char Start gvim with the --clean option, to get a clean slate, and then do: :set noet ts=5 sts=3 sw=2 Then enter the following 1234567890 and on the next line, press ...
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How to show illegal whitespace (such as unbreakable space) in source code?

I sometimes type (by accident) shift-space, inserting unbreakable space into code. With c++, I get this: error: stray ‘\302’ in program error: stray ‘\240’ in program while in other formats (like ...
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Preventing the join() command from adding extra space

I am trying to use the join command to join multiple strings. The join command seems to add one character of space in between each of the strings. But I don't want any space added. As an example, I'm ...
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Tab multiple lines [duplicate]

I have my tab set to 4 spaces with :set tabstop=4. Now I want to highlight multiple lines and tab them, or indent all them 4 spaces. If I highlight the lines and do >, it seems to indent them more ...
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How to remove trailing white-spaces automatically while typing?

I'm often editing code where others didn't care about trailing white-spaces. I'm using the TrimWhiteSpace()-function from this answer to remove white-spaces when saving the file. However that leaves ...
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Setting TAB to 2 spaces

I've looked through various answers which imply that setting the following in .vimrc would be appropriate to force tab insertions to become spaces. filetype plugin indent on " On pressing tab, ...
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Removing trailing spaces with the substitute command changes the cursor position

From http://vim.wikia.com/wiki/Remove_unwanted_spaces function TrimWhiteSpace() %s/\s\+$//e endfunction autocmd FileWritePre * call TrimWhiteSpace() autocmd FileAppendPre * call TrimWhiteSpace() ...
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Expand <TAB> into 2 spaces when and only when editing HTML

My current configuration makes vim automatically expand TAB to 4 spaces for me: " Define tab as 4 spaces " Taken from http://stackoverflow.com/questions/1878974/redefine-tab-as-4-spaces set tabstop=4 ...
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Dangerous trailing space

In remove unwanted spaces page in vim wikia, it says: However, this is a very dangerous autocmd to have as it will always strip trailing whitespace from every file a user saves. Sometimes, trailing ...
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