I am trying to write a Vim command to append the date to the end of line. Right now I have the following, and it is not working.

nnoremap <F5> "=strftime("%c")<CR>A

What's wrong with this? It just throws me back into insert mode.


means "put the date in the expression register then enter insert mode at the end of the line".

Here is what you wanted to do:

nnoremap <F5> A<C-r>=strftime("%c")<CR>

"enter insert mode at the end of the line and use the expression register to insert the date".

Here is another method, I'm sure there are others:

nnoremap <F5> :call setline(".", getline(".") . strftime("%c"))<CR>
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