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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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How to cut and paste tabbed lines with auto indent set to on in vi

Not sure which stack exchange group this question goes so please move to the correct one if this is the wrong one. What's happening is if I highlight something with tabs/indents from one ...
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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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Selecting all text in Vi/Vim through PuTTY

I need to select the text in a log file (~900 lines) and paste it into a normal text file. However, I am on my server via PuTTY so when I do :%y+ or gg"+yG it does not let me paste it. By any ...
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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 ...
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Creating a file through a dangling symlink with vi

This is the content of my typescript file, /mac>ln -s non_exist ~/link /mac>vi ~/link Hi! I am a link. /mac>cat ~/link Hi! I am a link. /mac>cat non_exist cat: non_exist: No such file or ...
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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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Bash readline move cursor to previous forward slash

In bash , we can move back or forward by 1 word or character. Is there any option where i can move the cursor to the previous character that i specify, for example Forward Slash. ? Something like the ...
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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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how to match string in “sk_term(” in vi

I have a sql file where I want to match the string "sk_term(" in the file when I am using :/sk_term( it giving the following error E486: Pattern not found: sk_term(
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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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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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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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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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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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In vi, how can I navigate to the function declaration?

In Vi, if I am in the middle of a function, how can I navigate back to the function declaration?
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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 ...
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What is the keyboard shortcut to go to the end of the file in vi?

I'm using putty to view a 30+MB file in vi on a Linux server, and I have to use PgDn to scroll to the bottom of the page. I realize I can use tail but I want to be able to move up and down the file ...
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need to get rid of strange symbols in text

I need to process the following text to get rid of the strange symbols such as: â<80><99> â<80><9c> â<80>? Example text: With the mystery unexplained, the Hyatt ...
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Escape not idempotent in zsh's vi emulation?

I have zsh configured to use vi keybindings. I've noticed some unexpected behavior with "escape". In vim (I haven't tested vanilla vi) if I hit escape twice, I can hit 'i' once to return to insert ...
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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 ...
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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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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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How to get vim color mode to work in vim under cygwin

I have installed vim 7.3 under cygwin. And I have this in my ~/.vimrc $ cat .vimrc colorscheme wombat And then I have this file wombat.vim under '.vim/colors'. $ ls -la .vim/colors/ total 8.0K ...
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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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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 ...
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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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how do i turn a whole file into uppercase?

I have a file on a server on another campus that's all in lowercase that i need to changed to all uppercase. Is there any simple unix command that will do this? [i'm using PuTTy on a PC if that makes ...
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When I try to change mode in VI it prompts ^[ char

I am using FreeBsd 9 and I need to use Vi. My problem related with the changing mode (command to insert or insert to command) in VI. I know that I need to use ESC key to change mode. But in Insert ...
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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 ...
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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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“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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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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vi insert text for specific line ranges

Seeking help in vi editor. I want to insert in the begin of line. I wanted it to be insserted for specific line ranges. for eg, line number 1 to line number 20. Any idea
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Syntax highlighting in vi

I use vi in Linux to edit e.g. JSP files. The code is not syntax highlighted. I think this should be possible to enable, but I haven't found out how. Is this possible to do in vi? update1: # vi ...
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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 ...
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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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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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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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Using regular expressions in vi

When I write a blog entry in Google blogger then a lot of entries like shown as below are getting inserted in HTML (not sure why). <span id="textmarked_8" name="textmarker_9" ...
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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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Insert text with vi editor

I was using nano before. I'm a bit confused on how to start inserting text, sometimes I just start typing and on the bottom I see -- insert -- and I can edit and save fine. But sometimes I just skip ...