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vim: insert enough spaces to align text to column number

COMP_ID=` echo $SRC | sed -e 's/.*COMP_ID=//' -e 's/:.*$//'` SRC_TYP=` echo $SRC | sed -e 's/.*SRC_TYP=//' -e 's/:.*$//'` DOC_TYP=` echo $SRC | sed -e 's/.*DOC_TYP=//' -e ...
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Insert numbered text on every even/odd line

In Vim I have the following text: Door Chair Table Uganda And I want to add numbered text on every odd line, which should give this: >item1 Door >item2 Chair >item3 Table >item4 ...
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1answer
47 views

Why does Vim still have vi-compatibility mode? [closed]

Could anyone explain why does Vim still have vi-compatibility mode? Why would one use it? As a consequence, we have to keep set nocompatible in our .vimrc; there is much noise in docs like {not in ...
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home/end in INSERT mode in vi on a Mac

On a Mac I can go to the start and end of an line in vi, when not in INSERT mode: ^ (start of line) $ (end of line) This is for example explained here: I just got a Mac! How do I do "end" ...
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29 views

VIM - How to search and replace multiple strings using leader?

I'd like to make a leader shortcut for doing multiple global search and replaces in the current buffer. For example, pressing leader then "fq", I'd like it to search and replace 3 times globally, ...
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162 views

How to find special characters in Linux Vim

I want to find special characters in a text file. It is known that the UTF-8 encoded file contains Chinese characters , "-", "^A"(control-A, which is one of special characters), numbers, ...
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what's the meaning of ^@, ^I and $ in vi?

When I try to use Context.write(k,v) in MapReduce(using Java) to write data to a file ,I find the following contents in file(opened with vi, have :set list): ^@R^@u^@n^@^I1$ ^@a^@c^@c^@e^@s^@s^@^I1$ ...
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When editing hosts file with vi , the added line gets repeated ad infinitum

Sometimes when I edit the hosts file by adding a new line, and when I do Esc, :, W, Q to save and exit, that line gets repeated infinite times in the file, and then gets saved. What am I doing wrong? ...
4
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1answer
271 views

Hiding vim command-line when it's not being used?

Is there any way to hide the vim command-line (ideally, automatically) when it's not being used? On small screens it takes up one valuable line. I'm thinking it would be 'normally' hidden, and appear ...
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244 views

Is there a command to split lines in vim?

In vim, the J key joins two lines together. Is there a similar, built-in, key combination to split lines with a newline (at the cursor position, or similar)? Alternatively, what would be the most ...
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864 views

Inserting a blank line in vim?

I quite often find I have a need to insert a blank line either below or above the current line when editing in vim. o and O will do this, but they subsequently switch into insert mode, which is ...
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2answers
167 views

vim - open files containing a specific string in new tabs

I am looking for a way to open all files that contain a specific string in new vim tabs. The files are not in a specific directory, but scattered across a directory tree. Ideally I want to jump to ...
4
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1answer
202 views

how do I go from typing `/foo` to `:%s/foo/bar` efficiently

In vim, I typed /foo Enter and found some matches. Now I want to replace all instances of foo with bar (i.e. :%s/foo/bar). Can this be done without retyping the foo? (e.g. into the command line ...
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371 views

Increase the space between lines in vim

I think the title says it all. I've done my homework and the only command that I found was: :set linespace=3 but it doesn't seem to work, neither on the Mac nor in Linux. Edit: In Mac OSX you can ...
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1answer
62 views

Getting rid of characters when doing gf in vim

I am using vim for coding. When I have something like the following: SomeModule->actualMethod() if I take the cursor to SomeModule and I do a gf I get a complaint that SomeModule- does not exist in ...
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1answer
83 views

Is there a way to filter out filenames from vim's “oldfiles”, perhaps using a pattern?

I use vim's :browse oldfiles a lot to edit files I've recently worked with. However, there are some files, such as git's auto-generated COMMIT_EDITMSG, which clutter that list and which I never need ...
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2answers
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What does shiftwidth do in VIM editor

I read this about shiftwidth option on Google: To change the number of space characters inserted for indentation, use the 'shiftwidth' option. Ok Ok, but what's that more exactly? How can I try this ...
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175 views

Cannot use vi editor

When I try to launch vi using vi or vim, it fails to start. ozzesh:~ # clear ozzesh:~ # vi ozzesh:~ # echo $? 0 ozzesh:~ # The above vi / vim command can't launch vi.
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518 views

vi/vim alternative to sublimetext's “Expand selection to scope”

Sublime text has a cool feature called "Expand selection to scope" SHIFT+CMD+SPACE which selects the everything within the scope. It select everything in scope, works perfectly ( ) or [ ] or { } ...
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2answers
107 views

vi swap file is empty

If vim crashes and leaves me with a .swp file that is empty (i.e., file size = 0), does that mean I didn't make any changes to the file during the session in which my computer crashed? If so, then is ...
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2answers
214 views

Why provide vi and vim?

I think I'm right in saying RedHat and other distributions provide both vi and Vim. Does anyone know what the rationale is behind providing both when presumably if Vim is provided it covers the ...
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188 views

In vim, what keystrokes (did I accidentally hit to) bring up :'<,'> and how do you set those marks?

I fumbled in vi and briefly saw this at the bottom of the screen, just as I was hitting ESC: :'<,'> Like it was ready for me to type an arbitrary ed command over a range spanned by the marks ...
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Error location navigation in Vim Syntastic

I've got Syntastic installed in Vim and it is finding errors perfectly (mostly in Python code I'm working on). If I jump around normally in the file I see the errors in the status bar when the cursor ...
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1answer
316 views

Is it possible to launch MacVim NOT in full screen mode?

Whenever I Launch MacVim it takes up the whole screen. I don't want this. Is there any way to prevent it from happening? I run OS X 10.8.
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1answer
298 views

Vim has unexpected key presses on startup, what could be causing this?

Whenever I open a file with vim, the vim session starts with 2c having been automatically/programmatically 'pressed'. This means that if I start off trying to move down the file by pressing j, then ...
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69 views

Why am I not able to go to the next matching entry in vim by just pressing n?

vimtutor says this in lesson 4.2 : The search command In Normal mode type the / character. Notice that it and the cursor appear at the bottom of the screen as with the : command. ...
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1answer
290 views

Vim: edit multiple lines

I was looking for a way to edit multiple line simultaneously. I found that Ctrl-V + selecting the lines + I should be the solution. The problem is that, for me, after pressing I (in fact Shift-i) I'm ...
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364 views

Edit text areas using vi key bindings, inside the textbox, in Firefox (without opening a separate window)

I'm using Firefox. Is there any way to edit the contents of a textbox using vi key bindings, inside the text area (not in a separate window)? For instance, is there a Firefox extension for that? I ...
2
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2answers
155 views

In Vim, what are the differences between using :sus and :sh to access the shell without ending the Vim session?

I know that, while in Vim (and Vi, too, I think), if I want to temporarily access the shell I can do one of several things: Use :sh (a.k.a. :shell), then log out from the shell to return to Vim Use ...
2
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2answers
416 views

How can I remap CAPSLOCK key to ESC in Cygwin?

How can I remap the Capslock key to ESC in a Windows Cygwin shell? Ideally I would only remap the value in Cygwin shells instead of everywhere, preserving behavior in other apps (although admittedly ...
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3answers
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Vim is not reading gzipped files automatically

I want to see some zipped log files .gz in unix through putty. When I open them in vim the contents are not readable. I think vim is not able to unzip them.
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1answer
52 views

How to add a shell output content to vim?

When using vim, we can use :!ls to execute shell command, but how can we import the ls output into vim for editing?
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704 views

Copy visual mode selection below selection in vi

In vim, I often find myself repeating the same steps to copy a section before making changes to it: V to start Visual mode linewise j until I have selected the section I want to copy y to yank the ...
0
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1answer
2k views

Why does VIM say there are trailing characters on this command?

I am trying to write a beautify CSS command in vim that sorts and alphabetizes all of the CSS properties as well as checks to see if there is not a space after the colon and inserts one. Here is my ...
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Is it possible to control the whole Gnome desktop with vi-like commands?

I know with readline you can use emacs or vi commands to edit the input of several interactive text programs. I wonder if there exists such a similar facility to control the whole desktop in Gnome or ...
2
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1answer
74 views

Is there a single key in vim that both cancels the command I've just entered and takes me back to normal mode?

Because I'm still learning vim, I quite often find myself mistakenly entering the wrong command (for example, let's say I entered ci{, when I meant ca{). When I do this, vi enters insert mode and (in ...
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1answer
87 views

“autocmd FileType” doesn't work the same way in Mac and Linux

Here is a small vimrc snippet that I was trying to use on my Mac function SetCommonDefaults() " Set line numbers set nu endfunction autocmd FileType cpp call SetCommonDefaults() What I expect ...
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1answer
88 views

How can I switch vim mode quickly?

This question is not the same as In vim, how can I quickly switch between tabs?, but what I want is a bit similar to it, since we are all trying to find shortcuts when editing with vim:) Now I am in ...
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346 views

bash vi key bindings: Can I map keys? Display mode (insert vs command)?

I am a long time vi(m) user and recently made the switch to using vi key binding in bash. I can already tell that this will be an improvement, but I would like to customize a few things to really ...
2
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1answer
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VIM: how to select a line, up to the cursor, including the char under the cursor?

From normal mode I select what's before the cursor with: v<Home> Is adding to the selection what's under the cursor possible? Thanks!!
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137 views

Abort a vim paste

Sometimes I paste a lot of data into vim (>5000 rows) and forget to enable paste mode. In that case, vim is busy for several minutes, trying to correctly indent all the text (which gets REALLY bad ...
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324 views

How to get vim to retain cursor position when opening a split

When I open a vertical split in vim, it takes my current line and bumps it to the top of the buffer (scrolling the entire file up). How do I get vim to retain its current position?
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Always use :set paste, Is it a good idea?

In a terminal vim, pasting clipboard data often messes up the code indent. I just knew if I uses :set paste the indent is not broken. Though, after pasting data, should I do :set nopaste again? What ...
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How do I edit a file currently being used by vi?

I am new to Linux and trying out Ubuntu 11.10. I am setting up a SSH server and one of the instructions asks me to edit sshd_config file using vi. In vi, I can't remember what happen (it's all a ...
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1answer
381 views

Copy vertical text block in Vim on Mac

How do I copy a vertical text block in vim on a Mac? On a PC on would just do ctrl-c at starting point and ctrl-c at the end point and it would copy between these two coordinates. How do I do that on ...
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547 views

VI make every first letter that comes after a underscore uppercase

Found this site: http://unix.t-a-y-l-o-r.com/VMswitch.html And it works for the first character but my lines are line this this_is_a_string And I would like this This_Is_A_String Any ...
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666 views

In Vi, how do I map “:t” equal to “:tabnew”?

I don't want to always type the word. it's annoying.
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384 views

Readline in vi mode: how can I enable up/down arrows?

When bash has vi bindings available (set -o vi), up/down arrows work in both command and insertion mode. When I setup readline's ~/.inputrc to use vi mode (set editing-mode vi), applications like ...
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vi / vim abrumpt buffer movements within window

When using :set wrap in vi/vim, the contents of an entire wrapped line are placed in the display buffer upon moving the cursor into a new line, even when navigating through a file by display line ...
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1answer
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how to block select, move, copy, paste in vi?

I am trying to migrate from Notepad++ to vi. In N++, I constantly rely on block edit (or "column mode"), as it is a great increase in productivity: I can select a rectangular area of text by pressing ...