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The problem

Somehow on this box every time I split a window (^W v or :vs) the original pane scrolls in such a way that my cursor is exactly scrolloff=5 from the top.

I have tried to remove all ~/.vim* and /etc/vim* files but no dice. Even a aptitude purge vim followed by a rm -rf /usr/share/vim/ /etc/vim* didn't change anything.

Note: This seems to be specific to a certain Vim version since I do not have this on my other boxes with the same .vimrc.


  • Vim: 7.3
  • Ubuntu: 11.04
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Just want to add that I am having the same problem during vertical splits and don't know how to debug any further. Vim: 7.2, RHEL: 6.2. – Mzzzzzz May 1 '12 at 19:33

This was a bug, fixed in Vim 7.3, patch 084.

If you type (in a console/konsole/terminal/gnome-terminal...)

vim --version | head

you'll be able to see the version and patchlevel of your current vim/gvim.

You can also do this from within Vim itself:


it'll paginate for you and you can read the version and patchlevel in the top of the first screen.

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I would assume my version is new enough: VIM - Vi IMproved 7.3 (2010 Aug 15, compiled May 4 2012 04:22:36) Included patches: 1-429 – Wolph Jul 7 '12 at 12:16
Yup. Bummer! I'll keep this issue in mind, maybe I'll come across something. – lornix Jul 7 '12 at 13:18
Really odd... I remember seeing my system do the 'unexpected scroll when splitting window', like you describe, a few weeks ago. But now I can't reproduce it at all. And all within Vim v7.3.300+. I've upgraded at least once, now sitting at v7.3 p547. Very odd. Hmm, does it only do it on certain file TYPES? MOAR TESTING! {Grin} – lornix Jul 8 '12 at 11:43
Hrm... now that you mention it, I cannot reproduce it on all of my machines. I know I had the problem in the past but not anymore. The machine where I have the problem (with all filetypes, even when opening an empty buffer) is using this version: VIM - Vi IMproved 7.2 (2008 Aug 9, compiled Jun 25 2011 09:43:11) Included patches: 1-411 (Centos 6) – Wolph Jul 9 '12 at 9:48
Glad to know I'm not going crazy (again!). Ah, the fix was 7.3.84, that machine is 7.2.411.. – lornix Jul 9 '12 at 11:23
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It seems to be caused by Vim not knowing the window size the first time. After the first time it works just fine.

So to work around this issue, I have added this to my .vimrc:

" Little hack to fix the split/scroll problem 
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this actually causes another bug within the status bar.... not worth it IMO – xckpd7 Nov 26 '12 at 20:27

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