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My Ubuntu LTS 12.04 has vim editor. If I open a file, move to a paragraph and reopen vim, then the cursor goes to beginning of the file always.

This is not the expected behavior. How the vim can remember last read position after closing a file?

I tried vi also, but the result is the same.

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I am sorry, but there seems to be 0 documentation that says it should. Are you 100% sure thats the case for Vim ? And, i am sorry, i got no idea how to configure it to remember last position. Might an unnecessary comment by me, but i gotta know if you experienced the program doing that earlier. –  denNorske Nov 28 '12 at 13:32
"This is not the expected behavior." -- explain why. –  gertvdijk Nov 28 '12 at 14:24
For example in Redhat , the last refereed line in a file is remembered by vim. vim seems to be inconvenient in ubuntu 12.04 –  Lunar Mushrooms Nov 28 '12 at 14:34
Also in Ubuntu 10.04 this is certainly not default behaviour. I've been using Vim on Ubuntu for a long time, never saw your expected behaviour. You probably have configured it to do so on that installation - see the answer of @GaryBishop for example. –  gertvdijk Nov 28 '12 at 14:37
Sorry it was not Ubuntu 10.04 , it was red hat that worked. Updated my comment –  Lunar Mushrooms Nov 28 '12 at 14:42

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Resolved it :


Already contains necessary feature. Just need to uncomment it:

" Uncomment the following to have Vim jump to the last position when
" reopening a file
if has("autocmd")
  au BufReadPost * if line("'\"") > 1 && line("'\"") <= line("$") | exe "normal! g'\"" | endif

(Infact, you can refer to /usr/share/vim/vim73/vimrc_example.vim also)

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I had this same problem and it turned out that the .viminfo file in my home directory had the wrong ownership. It was owned by root:root.

Once I fixed the file ownership by changing it to myself, remembering file position started working for me again

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This things worked in my case. I was having same issue. I have changed ownership of .viminfo (present in home directory) that fixes vim issues. But why it was created with root:root? –  Brijesh Valera May 19 at 7:22
@BrijeshValera likely because you started vim as root when the file didn't exist yet. –  Ruslan Jul 10 at 12:08

I think this wiki posting may provide a solution. I don't believe restoring the position is the expected behavior. http://vim.wikia.com/wiki/Restore_cursor_to_file_position_in_previous_editing_session

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