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I would like 'V to (almost) always open $MYVIMRC. For instance, if I do mV, I would like it to revert back when I start a new Vim instance. How would I go about setting this mark in $MYVIMRC file?

Oddly enough, adding normal mV to MYVIMRC sets a mark in ~/.viminfo at 1 0. o.O

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I don't think you can set a mark to a specific file via .vimrc, however you can map a command to `V so that it opens your $MYVIMRC (won't retain the specific line though)

:nnoremap `V :e $MYVIMRC<CR>

Of course you can also pick another key sequence so you don't override the normal `V behaviour.

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Agreed. I don't think marks are the right solution for this. See :h last-position-jump for a way to restore cursor position upon opening files. – Etan Reisner Aug 19 '13 at 14:36
@EtanReisner I already have `` " `` in $MYVIMRC` to open last position when restoring a file. – kzh Aug 19 '13 at 14:40
Does that work? I was under the impression that was too early to be of any use (the buffers haven't been loaded yet) also that only happens once whereas the last-position-jump autocmd happens on every opened file. – Etan Reisner Aug 19 '13 at 14:43
@EtanReisner what I have is the same thing at :help last-position-jump – kzh Aug 19 '13 at 15:37
Also :help restore-cursor – kzh Aug 19 '13 at 16:08

The following is the best answer that I came up with. I would be happy to accept any answer that is better or more complete (with implementation) than mine.

Have a script in $MYVIMRC that edits the ~/.viminfo file, adding the appropriate line to the #File Marks: section:

'V  1  0  ~/.vimrc
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I think that you are taking the problem from the wrong end. Instead of starting with a mean and trying to make it do what you want, start with what you want and work out a solution.

If what you want is to be able to open your vimrc quickly, you should use a mapping like

nnoremap ,v :e $MYVIMRC<CR>

Which will obviously never interfere with your ability to use file marks and doesn't require to mess with your viminfo.

To answer your other question:

nnoremap ,v :vs $MYVIMRC<CR>
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