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I want to install vim with ruby support on Ubuntu 15.04 vivid vervet

I have installed Ubuntu 15.04 and am trying to set up my Ruby on Rails environment to program. I use vim as the IDE and it comes pre-installed without ruby support: vim --version | grep -i ruby ...
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Using “dd” in Vi (delete multi lines) not accepted if number of lines > file length

I often edit a file locally then cut and paste it into a remote ssh session inside a vi session. The first step is to delete the entire contents by doing something like 9999dd Which will delete ...
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VIM error after installing python3 in ubuntu 15.04

I have a fresh installation of the latest ubuntu 15.04. I installed VIM using sudo apt-get install vim It was working fine. Later I installed python3 and pip3. sudo apt-get install python3 ...
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Vim installation 14.04

first i want to mention, i've read through several other threads discussing problems with vim installation, but none did help me. Secondly, i'm a newbie to ubuntu. apt-get update apt-get install vim ...
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vim and system clipboard

I can cat a file, copy and paste text with the middle button or shift-insert. How can I copy text in vim and paste it from the system clipboard?
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Vim not displaying Input mode (14.04)

When I open up the Vim editor, it's supposed to show at the bottom of the screen whether I'm in Input mode or not. But it stays blank whether I'm in Command mode or in Input mode. Also, vimtutor ...
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How to build .deb files of vim which support both python2 and python3 on Ubuntu14.04?

I tried this tutorial but when I ran the command dpkg-buildpackage -us -uc, it failed.... I don't know what's wrong. This is the log: Test results: test87 FAILED TEST FAILURE Makefile:49: recipe ...
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Unable to copy text from the terminal to external programs

Aim: I want to copy my public ssh key generated on AWS Server to my github account. I have little experience with Ubuntu. I use the ssh command from my laptop to connect to the AWS Server. The ...
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Vim buffers not unloading

I can't make vim to delete or unload buffers when there are not active on a vim panel anymore. I tried placing this on my .vimrc set bufhidden=delete and also set bufhidden=unload But none of ...
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How to highlight a searched text in vim editor?

I have vim editor version 7.3 However in this when I search for a test by typing :/SEARCHTEXT the cursor goes to the line containing the text which is searched, but the text itself is NOT ...
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unable to install vim

I am using Ubuntu 12.04 and when I try installing the vim editor with: sudo apt-get update sudo apt-get install vim I receive the error: THE PACKAGE VIM HAS NO INSTALLATION CANDIDATE. I have even ...
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How to copy from vim visually with terminator?

I would like to be able to visually select in vim in terminator, right click and copy whatever is highlighted to the clipboard. In OSX for example, I can do this by holding down the "alt" key and ...
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which vim should I use in xubuntu / Ubuntu+XFCE?

Which vim should I use in xubuntu / Ubuntu+XFCE? My current system is Ubuntu, but I have replaced the Unity interface with XFCE (via sudo apt-get install xubuntu-desktop). There is no vim installed ...
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How to use vim command character to find an explain in it's help file

I try some vim command, and find the gh command will start a new command mode, which shows --select-- in my screan. just like the --visual-- command mode, that this --select-- mode can select some ...
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VIM in gnome-terminal keeps printing weird 001B character

I have VIM installed on Ubuntu 12.04, and run the terminal version in the gnome-terminal. However, recently (I don't know what caused the change) when editing files in VIM it will sometimes insert a ...
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How to remap “ctrl+w+shift+f” to “gf” in vim to go to line of file under cursor in split window?

Ctrl+w+Shift+f will go to line of file under cursor in split window. I want to set a small shortcut say gf which should be mapped to Ctrl+w+Shift+f.
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Compiling vim with python support on ubuntu 14.04, no errors and no support

I'm trying to compile vim with support for YouCompleteMe as per the github guide [redacted because no reputation] and I'm having strange results. Vim compiles correctly as best I can tell and doesn't ...
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Remove vim before installing vim-gnome?

Should I remove vim before installing vim-gnome? It seems redundant to leave vim there, but I'm afraid to remove it. (I'm very new to Ubuntu.)
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Character key 'T' prints 7 in vim

I am using Ubuntu 13.10 x86_64 with VIM - Vi IMproved 7.4 (2013 Aug 10, compiled Aug 12 2013 00:23:19). Whenever I press the key 'T' in VIM it prints 7 like a leetspeak. The key works fine outside ...
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Can't install vim-gnome

On the last Ubunt 14.04 upgrade I'm not able to install vim-gnome anymore due the following error: The following packages have unmet dependencies: vim-gnome : Depends: vim-gui-common (= ...
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Repair Vim editor

I'm running Ubuntu 14.04 and I have some troubles with Vim editor. First I was using the normal version preinstalled with Ubuntu, then I installed VI Improved from Ubuntu Software Center, with some ...
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vim Different configuration in tty1-6 from tty7

The default configuration for vim seems to be different for tty7. When I open a terminal in the default gui on tty7 and start vim I can hold shift and press the left or right arrows to move the cursor ...
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vim in tmux breaks with cyrillic symbols

So, I have file with russian text. Using Ubuntu 12.04 If I run vim in clear console and open this file - everything is ok, here is screenshot But if I run vim in tmux the result is Here is my tmux ...
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Vim doesn't have 256 colors

I've been experimenting with different colorschemes in vim lately. My problem is that the colors used by the schemes only use the 16 colors in my Profile Preferences, even though my terminal supports ...
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How to open a found file with vi? Piping 'find' output to vi [duplicate]

I have a file, /home/user/important.txt. To find it, I use: find /home/user -type f -name 'important' Then, I want to open the file in the Vim editor using a pipe. How can I do this? Something ...
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How can I create help tags for vim plugins from packages?

I have installed the vim-latexsuite and vim-outliner packages, which are addons for vim. Both come with documentation files, that are installed into the /usr/share/vim/addons/doc directory. Issuing ...
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Vim and muscle memory

I made in my vimrc an abbreviation because I want to only write "foo" to write "bar", and thence I mapped "bar" to "NOPE" so that I would be punished if I tried to write directly "bar". iabbrev foo ...
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What's the easiest way to get vim with python 3 support?

I have ubuntu 14.04 installed and vim in its repos is compiled without python 3 support. Because of that python-mode plugin can't work with python 3 code. What's the easiest way to get vim with python ...
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Copy text between two different sessions of terminal for different users?

I have on my ubuntu two users, user1 and user2. user1 is the main user, but user2 I use it only for development for a specific project that required it like that. I use vim editor, with the ...
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install and enabling vim-youcompleteme on Ubuntu 14.10

I did follow instructions for installing vim-youcompleteme. I searched for similar questions and answers, but still not helping me. I have clean install of Ubuntu 14.10. Then I installed vim 7.4, ...
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Vim - Set number command on startup

What is the file to edit, to show lines number on startup using vim ?
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Vim - Add a character to X next lines

I would like to add a # to the beginning of the 15 next lines (to comment everything). I know how to do it for 1 line : i -> #. My second question would be the opposite, how to delete the first ...
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vim syntax color confuse [spf13-vim]

under the molokai color theme there are some characters would be automatic marked in red color and some tab characters would be automatic marked in white color too how to solve the automatic marked ...
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tmux in terminal forcing 16 color approximation

In the Ubuntu version of gnome-terminal I'm seeing a weird problem with colors that I know is somehow related to gnome-terminal because this same setup works fine with iTerm2 on my Mac. From terminal ...
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VIm: using substitute command

I'm trying to use the substitute command in VIm but don't get the result I excpect: I'm editing an html file, and for example I'd like to replace all "é" characters by the é code (yes it's in ...
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VIm : copy all file to paste it in web browser

I'm trying to find and answer using search but nothing's working. What I try to do: I'm editing a part of a html file using VIm, by creating a local file. Then, from VIm, I'd like to copy all (Ctrl+A ...
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Why do my A, N, Enter, Shift Keys seem to have reduced sensitivity to touch?

I recently installed PyCharm, Emacs, and Vim in order to start programming. However, I noticed that my A, N, SHIFT, and ENTER keys on my keyboard seem to not always work when I press them. There was ...
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Vim colorscheme with .ino files

On my Ubuntu 14.04 system, I'm working on an Arduino project and I'm using vim as the editor rather than Arduino's IDE. I'm currently using solarized colorscheme in vim. It seems like the color for ...
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clear Konsole color scheme

When I open this file in vim class Program : Object { static int _I = 1; /// <summary> /// The quick brown fox jumps over the lazy dog /// THE QUICK BROWN FOX JUMPS OVER THE ...
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Vim YouCompleteMe installation

I'm trying to install YouCompleteMe plugin alongside my Vundle plugin manager for Vim. I've just added the Plugin 'Valloric/YouCompleteMe' line to my ~/.vimrc and then I wrote:PluginInstall in Vim, ...
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when to source vimrc?

kinda a vim newbie, used vundle not so long ago but couldn't install all the plugins that i want correctly, maybe it's me doing things wrong. Anyway now using pathogen, it's doing its job, well when ...
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Gvim shows wrong color for highlight color names on 14.04

Freshly installed Ubuntu 14.04 and built gvim 7.4 on it, I just discovered that the colors gvim picked were all wrong for the pre-defined color names, like the name "Green" within: :hi _Green_NONE ...
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Upgrading VIM 7.3 to latest release via apt-get

I'm currently using Ubuntu 12.04 and have Vim 7.3 installed and I want to update it to the latest version. I'm still new to how all these package manager stuff works, but I was wondering why can't I ...
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Turning Ubuntu Server into a Typewriter

I'm attempting to set up a partition on my laptop that, when I boot into it, functions like a typewriter - straight into vim with no other functionality. I have a partition with ubuntu server ...
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Error installing vim [duplicate]

I am running Ubuntu 14.04, as Xubuntu, in an AMD 64 pc, configured as dual boot with Windows 7. I tried installing vim with this: This was the output: E: Could not get lock /var/lib/dpkg/lock - open ...
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unicode characters do not appear in gnome terminal for vim airline

I know this has been asked a few times but none of the answers worked for me. I use the gnome terminal as default in Ubuntu 14.10 and I can't get unicode characters to show properly, mainly in vim ...
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Vim: Supertab not working

I'm trying to make supertab working, it's not working when I press tab, not autocompleting python. Here's vimrc set autoindent set cindent execute pathogen#infect() syntax on colorscheme flattr set ...
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Problem setting VIM as standard text editor

I want to set vim (not gvim, not vi) as standard text editor. In the net there are the following suggestions to associate programs with file types. use sudo update-alternatives --config editor link ...
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Can't edit file in Vim netrw

Suddenly I cannot edit any files accessing FTP files using Vim's netrw. I can normally browse the folders but whenever I press Enter the terminal stops, the screen divides into two and on the top its ...
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Which are the vim key notations?

Is there a list of the key notations and combination for vim. Something like this: <Right> Right arrow <C-t> Ctr+t etc.. I found a somewhat incomplete table here: ...