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I'm trying make use of the copy mode of tmux to copy some part of text in one of my panes but I cannot really manage with it, spacebar is not working to select the text and I'm getting a bit lost.

Does somebody know how to set tmux to behave similary to vim? (moving with h,j,k,l , yanking with y , Visual Mode kind of selecting....)

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You need to set mode-keys to vi (the default is emacs):

set -g mode-keys vi

You should put this in .tmux.conf and either restart tmux entirely (tmux kill-server) or also run it from the command prompt (C-b :).

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