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using vim via ssh on a machine with an x server running throws an X error. Specifically:

BadWindow (invalid Window parameter)
Vim: Got X error
Vim: Finished.

This does not occur on my xorg-free server, so how can I force vim to behave as a console app?

[Edit]: I don't want to use X forwarding for a console app.

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up vote 2 down vote accepted

Have you tried the -X switch? This will disable the X integration features of Vim such as clipboard integration, so X is not needed to run it.

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its a capital '-X' rather than the '-x' which edits an encrypted file, but it can be found by a simple vim --help. I just don't have my eyes in the right sockets today. – brice Jan 31 '10 at 23:04
Yep, it's in man vim: – John T Jan 31 '10 at 23:05


vim -X

will do it.

Moral of this story: RTFM RTFM RTFM. (or in this case vim --help)

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