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How does `\zs` interact with syntax matches?

Consider the text: foobarbaz First we highlight the regular expression /foobar/: :syntax match Special /foobar/ Next we highlight the regular expression /foobarbaz/: :syntax match Error /foobarbaz/ ...
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Using <C-,> causes “<80>ü^D,” to flash in the showcmd area?

I've mapped <C-,> as well as some other special keys (<C-Enter>, <C-S-Space>, ...) in my vimrc like, :set <F13>=^[[44;5u :map <F13> <C-,> :map! <F13> <C-...
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Vi and Vim default to split left and split above. What is the history and motivation behind this?

When a window is split, given that Vi/Vim splits are not stored in a tree structure, the "direction of the split" is basically "the window in which the cursor is placed after the command". Update ...
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How to avoid screen corruption?

I'd been using Linux Mint MATE for years, and recently moved to Arch Linux with MATE Desktop Environment without any change of hardware or .vimrc. (By the way, I use no plugin.) After that, when I ...
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Persistently fix the height of a split in vim

So I searched the web far and wide and I can not for the life of me figure out how to do this. I have the following key binding: nnoremap <leader>o :below 10sp term://.//$SHELL <cr> :set ...
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How does NeoVim's native LSP client compare with plug-ins that implement that protocol?

NeoVim v0.5 will include a native LSP (Language Server Protocol) implementation. See Greg Hurrell (wincent)'s Screencast #87: Neovim's built-in LSP client covering it. How does it compare with ...
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gVim - Use different fonts using :highlight

I want to set gVim font size for Comment highlight group. When I set it, it does not do anything (the font is still the same but color changes). My .gvimrc: se guifont=Fira\ Mono\ Regular\ 10 hi ...
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Count only words for which Spell is enabled?

I want to count the words in my buffers, but for TeX files, for instance, a lot of words (e.g., commands) shouldn't be counted. I'm aware that there are scripts that do this specifically for LaTeX, ...
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Highlight line number of folded lines

I want to have uniform highlighting of line numbers (provided by the LineNr and CursorLineNr hl-groups) but the line numbers of folded lines don't obey a particular group (as far as I know), but obey ...
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Mixed PHP and HTML indenting

Is there a way to have mixed indenting more like Sublime Text (left) than Vim does it? I would like the nested UL to follow the (line 10) to follow along the (main indentation).
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What is the best practice in vim8 for wrapping with indentation aka breakindent

To have proper paragraph wrapping with indentation in vim (after vim7.4) we could use this: " Wrap the text with identation isntead of the old way set breakindent set showbreak=\ \\_ Since vim8 ...
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.php file makes html text same color as html attributes - how to fix?

The text inside of <p> tags is the same color as the html attributes, so it's hard to distinguish between them. The html inside this .php file is colored (line one of this image) almost ...
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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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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 to copy text to X primary selection only when visual mode is started with the mouse?

At the moment, if I use Visual mode, whenever I select a block of text using the keyboard it ends up on my X primary selection (ie the clipboard that is filled using the mouse). Even if I just select ...
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Make Vim ignore first character in line while indenting

Whenever I have to edit Perl Mason files, I always have problems indenting lines due to Perl code starting with %. For example: <div> <div> % if( !$something ) { <...
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Unreadable display of Tamil characters in Vim

gVim seems to have problems displaying text in Tamil (and possibly other Indic languages), even when the font supports it. For eg., here's some text in Emacs and the same text in gVim (both under ...
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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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Comments pane for current buffer that you can jump to such as TODO:, WARN:, and NOTE:?

A while ago I used to use eclipse as my IDE, and I remember you could add TODO: some task, NOTE: some comment, WARN: some warning to your code, and it would appear in a particular pane for the current ...
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Highlighting after a line limit

I'd like to highlight sections of a document which are too long (measured in lines) so they will all print on a physical page. Sections are separated with ===. I tried to do it with this code: ...
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How do I use wildmenu effectively?

I'd like to learn about using vim with multiple files without using external plugins. I read another answer that recommends putting the following in our .vimrc: set wildmenu set wildmode=longest:full,...
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Interactive syntax-highligting: highlight the current region only

Often enough a text file is structured as a collection of blocks or cells of some kind. E.g., slides in a Tex Beamer presentation, bibtex items, function definitions, etc. I wonder if vim can ...
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Syntax highlighting randomly turns off

I use syntastic and split windows heavily in my vim workflow. Lately, syntax highlighting will vanish, seemingly at random, in one of my windows, usually after opening a new split. This happens with ...
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In a regex, why aren't the multi + and {1,} always parsed exactly the same way?

From :h /\+: \+ Matches 1 or more of the preceding atom, as many as possible. And :h /\{: \{n,} Matches at least n of the preceding atom, as many as possible It seems the multi + and {1,} have ...
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Can I give YouCompleteMe a static list of completions?

I am using the Julia programming language, and as of right now, there are no good syntax-completer for VIM. I am working on one, but haven't fully got my head around how to hook into ycmd. Til I ...
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Properly restore terminal title after suspending vim

I'm using Vim 7.3 on OS X Terminal version 2.6.1 (OS X version 10.11.2). If it's relevant, my version is compiled without X11. When I open a file in Vim, the terminal title bar changes to show the ...
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Using GNU GLOBAL and gtags-cscope in vim

Now I am learning how to use GNU GLOBAL in vim. I have installed gtags.vim. I have gtags the kernel source directory. The .vimrc includes the following lines: set cscopetag set csprg=gtags-cscope ...
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How can I configure nvim to use a single escape to exit insert mode?

I was trying out nvim (neovim) for the first time and I find that I have to type <escape> twice to get out of insert mode. I'm not sure if this is a feature or a bug. I see the same behaviour ...
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How to get bold comments in vim

I am trying to add bold comments to my vim files. What i mean, is to be able to get something like this: I saw other articles like this that allow to toggle bold comment. The proposed solutions from ...
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Register for your last action (.)

Vim has a lot of useful registers from which you can access the contents of various actions. There's ": for the last command in the command line, "/ for the last search, ". for the last ...
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Intermittently cannot switch from Vim terminal to other panes

I've looked at quite a few other posts and haven't found a similar problem. I've recently begun using WSL and Vim and love it. Most of the time, it works great and I use CTRL-W-h/j/k/l to navigate ...
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Tweak command-line position and size

The command-line is obviously a very convenient tool in vim. However, especially when working with splits, it can feel uncomfortable to have to look back and forth between window and command-line (e.g:...
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How do I disable specific warning/error messages using ALE?

I'm currently using ALE to lint my Python code. I'm just curious how to disable specific warning or error messages. I've checked the GitHub repository's FAQ but I only see an option for disabling ...
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EasyMotion without keyboard layout switches for non english text?

My text often contains two languages: english and russian. The problem appears with EasyMotion plugin. Assume I have such text: Русский текст и еще текст. and want to find те. What I do: Starting ...
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How to exit insert mode if pressing escape merely types “^[”?

I have neovim 0.4.2 running in a session of kiTTY 0.17.4 on OSX. I have pasted a long url while in insert mode. After doing this, every time I type BKSPC vim adds ^? to my document. Every time I type ...
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How can I test and debug my syntax files?

I'm trying to make a syntax file for Raku. The major challenge I'm running into is that I have no automated means to test that my highlighting works as expected. I have to keep another tab open, ...
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Is it possible to use syn match dynamically

I know that syn match can work with the regular expression to do some custom highlight settings. I'm thinking if it can work dynamically. For example, I'm doing a c++ project and I want to highlight ...
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Space Error when typing Korean

when typing Korean, I quite frequently have a space error, and it seems happening randomly. Suppose I am trying to write a sentence "I do not know" in Korean. When I hit the space key after 'not' to ...
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VIMDIFF missing small differences

I have two nearly identical very large files (890,000+ rows of exactly 899 characters each fixed length file). On rows 289141-289148 one file has a pipe character in column 38, and the other file has ...
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gvim: Make the mouse follow CTRL-W_j and CTRL-W_k

I run a Linux/GNOME laptop where the focus follows the mouse, and I have vim's mousefocus feature turned on, so the selected viewport follows the mouse, too. But when I try to switch viewports using ...
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Neovim makes spurious directories and doesn't clean them up on exit

Neovim makes directories in my home folder (presumably to store swapfiles, etc.) of the form nvimzOvQcg, nvim098eqo, nvimUyUGZ8, etc. Upon exit, the contents of these directories are cleaned up but ...
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switching `<Down>` and `<C-n>` in popup menu

I'd like to switch the behaviour of the <Down> and <C-n> keys when the popup menu (like from omnicompletion) is visible (and <Up>/<C-p> respectively). The following two ...
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YouCompleteMe on remote files

I use YouCompleteMe on vim and it works great for me on the files in my local machine. However, when I open files in a remote server, for example, using :e scp://user@remote//path/to/file.cpp None ...
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MacOS Terminal CPU spike after exiting Vim

I'm using Vim 8.1 from homebrew on MacOs 10.14.6. Whenever I exit vim back to the terminal, the first keypress in the terminal afterward results in a beachball and CPU spike to 100%, with terminal ...
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How to have gutentags build tags from the .git folder in a repository?

I want to have my tags file generated from gutentags/ctags to be in the .git folder, because I am working on a project with other people where I don't want to edit the .gitignore file. So, I have ...
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Have colors when using :make

When I'm using :make, the output doesn't have any color. The text is only white. But when I'm using :!make for a C project or :Cargo run for a rust project ( I also use rust.vim ) , there are colors ...
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Why are Vim 8 :term colours with gvim different from those in plain vim :term or bash?

Vim 8 :term colours in gvim happen to be different from those seen in plain vim :term or bash. How come? How does one obtain the same bash colours in gvim? EDIT: I have been reading a bit more about ...
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How to create an Edit-with-Vim context menu entry for Vim 8.1 on Windows 10

The Explorer context menu entry does not get created by the installer. Windows 10 Pro v1803 (64-bit). What I have already tried: Installed Vim 8.1 using the stock Windows installer https://ftp.nluug....
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How to stop vim from reformatting lines inside a codeblock in a markdown file?

I keep the a formatoption in vim when I'm modifying markdown files, so my lines are automatically kept to textwidth characters long, with automatic reformatting when I modify text. How can I make ...
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Can vim-ale emit an error when it fails to parse compiler output?

Ale does not always indicate an error when compilation fails. AFAICT, the reason is that ALE's parser can't find a reference to the current file in the compiler's error messages. This is because ...

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