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I have tried to put the following in my .vimrc file:

syn match parens /[(){}]/
hi parens ctermfg=red

to permanently color brackets, parentheses, braces etc, however it doesnt work. If I do it inline inside vim it does work.

Any ideas why?


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Because all syntax highlighting is local to the buffer that is active when the syntax items are defined. Try something like this:

autocmd BufRead,BufNewFile * syn match parens /[(){}]/ | hi parens ctermfg=red
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Rainbow Parenthesis Highlight matching parens in a rainbow of colors

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