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Is there a PPA for gvim > 7.4.338?

The breakindent feature is the greatest thing ever, but it's in 7.4.338. The latest version in the Ubuntu repos is just 7.4, I think. I notice Arch has a package for it, but I can't seem to find one ...
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Why won't Vim source my .vimrc at startup?

I have modified my ~/.vimrc significantly (although some of my initial modifications I made in the system-wide /etc/vim/vimrc). It probably doesn't matter either way since I am really the only user ...
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how to search tags not matching pattern

In my xml file, i have many location tags. eg: ...
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Why do I get these .vimrc errors in Ubuntu 14 after upgrade from Ubuntu 13?

I get errors for all these commands when I try to use vim (though vim then works): autocmd BufWritePre *.rb :%s/\s\+$//e set filetype off filetype plugin on filetype indent on syntax on " Turn on ...
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vi issue in SSH TTYs to Ubuntu 14.04.1 LTS

After upgrading my server to Ubuntu 14.04.1 LTS, I can no longer use the vi editor to edit anything in an SSH terminal (I access the server by launching ssh sessions from Cygwin running on Windows). ...
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how to redirect bash command output to vim

I am trying to redirect the output of a bash command into a new file. If I try the pipe as below : ls -la | vim Bash shows me the errors : Vim: Error reading input, exiting... Vim: preserving ...
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Uninstalled vim, now can't install it again

I have removeded vim-tiny to get full installation following this tutorial and now I can't install vim by: $ sudo apt-get install vim Reading package lists... Done Building dependency tree ...
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how does ! effect sort in vim

I am trying to sort the contents in my text file using the command :1,$sort This results in lines arranged in order based on the starting character - symbols, capital letters and then small letters ...
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Is it possible to edit Textboxes in a browser using VIM or a VIM-Style-Editor?

Is it possible to edit Textboxes in a browser using VIM or a VIM-Style-Editor? (On Ubuntu of course)
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how to re-use last vi command

How does one re-use a just-executed command in vim? For example, I open a file with: vi myTestFile Then in normal mode, I search for a word using: /mysearchword\c <Enter> Now I want to ...
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Console Mode VIM 256 Color Support

This question is about using the console mode (i.e. ctrl+alt+f1) and not about using a terminal emulator. When running from a terminal emulator, my VIM uses 256 colors without a problem. I've tried a ...
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vim command does not work

I am trying to open vim on my Ubuntu 14.04 64 bit by entering the command in the terminal : vim But i get the response : The program 'vim' can be found in the following packages: * vim * ...
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Switch off search highlighting in gVim

When I do search in gVim (package gnome-vim), the search results are highlighted. How can I turn-off this highlighting when I don't need it any longer? Now it looks like persistent.
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Vim-LaTeX runs evince instead of xdvi

I have installed the Vim-LaTeX plugin, which is great for editing LaTeX documents in Vim. However, I have one problem with viewing the output file. The tutorial says to use the \lv command. However, ...
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Gnome-terminal vim gruvbox [closed]

Just installed gruvbox color scheme for Vim on Ubuntu, but the color scheme is not fully supported in the terminal. It works fine on a fedora box. Do I need any additional settings?
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Vim No GUI and clipboard

I have Gnome Ubuntu 14.04 and I reinstalled vim (without GUI, I did not enable gui because I don't think I need it) and replaced netrw with the latest to have :Lexplorer. Now when I use vim's File ...
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Need good example of .vimrc file [closed]

I wanted to start using Vim, and need to create .vimrc configuration file for it. Where can I find some ready to use, good quality examples with described every option?
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Vundle - Plugins installed but not loading

I've installed vundle on my ubuntu box but when I load vim none of the plugins load. My .vimrc from my home directory [some commented lines edited out]: runtime! debian.vim set nocompatible ...
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Pair Programming in Ubuntu SDK?

How do you do collaborative code editing, aka pair programming, in the Ubuntu SDK? I heard you can do this in Vim, and I wonder if the Vim functionality in QtCreator makes this possible.
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make the line bold or highlight on find command on vim

I know by /foo you can find and go on foo. So what I am looking for is highlighting that line. I mean when vim find foo and the courser points to foo, also highlight that line which include foo.
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Navigate vim help with CTRL-]

I am using Ubuntu 14.04 with default settings for shell. When I use gnome-terminal to open vim help, it does not work when I hit CTRL-] when being on a tag (note that this works with tty1). Vim help ...
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How to transform Vim configuration into Emacs one?

I need to setup Emacs editor by preparing the ~/.emacs configuration file. I have been using Vim for years and now I want to switch to Emacs for various reasons that are out of scope of this post. To ...
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Access to the terminal while you are on Vim

Is there a way to access the terminal while using Vim? I do not like to open another terminal or save and exit the current terminal.
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Vim installation in Ubuntu 14.04

I am unable to install Vim and need help. I've tried the following: root@cbitlab1:/home/cbitlib1# sudo -s root@cbitlab1:/home/cbitlib1# apt-get install vim Reading package lists… Done Building ...
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Why is vim's colorscheme not coloring the entire window?

Only the portions of the terminal with text on it is colored. Not sure how to describe it, please see the attached screenshot.
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go back to vim's default color

I read this :highlight Normal ctermfg=grey ctermbg=darkblue from http://stackoverflow.com/questions/1117526/setting-the-vim-background-colors But I change the darkblue to white!! What I done? OMG? ...
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Can I get italics in gnome-terminal?

After a lot of searching I cannot find a way to get gnome-terminal to display italic fonts. I'm running version 3.6.2. Specifically I would like vim to display comments in italics; I've added ...
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Can I open two or more files in vim at once?

I have a file with the name First.txt, which I opened that by vim. Now I want to go another file which its name is Second.txt . How to open Second.txt while I do not close First.txt. How to switch ...
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go on the line where a variable define on any editor

Is there any add-on or ability on geany or any known linux editor for this purpose : when you click on one variable . The mouse coursor goes to when it initialize. My code is c language. what I am ...
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Trying to map <Ctrl>+<hjkl> to <Left Down Up Right> globally (Vim-like arrow keys) with xmodmap

I am trying to map Ctrl+H,J,K,L to arrow keys Left,Down,Up,Right, respectively, on Ubuntu OS (globally, not inside Vim). I've attempted the solution posted here, but the modifier commands are not ...
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Unable to run shell script inside VI/VIM

I am trying to run a shell-script say test from vim #!/bin/sh echo good morning Now when I am using :!% I am getting a pop like shell returned 1 Press ENTER or type command to continue instead ...
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Can't start gvim from the launcher

I don't know why I've been having so many problems with gvim lately, but now I can't start it from the launcher. I click on it, and it glows and pulsates for awhile, but after a few seconds it stops ...
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Gvim doesn't show up in the nautilus context menu for .c and .h files

Most of the time I can browse the file system with the file browser, right-click on a file and top item in the menu "Open with Gvim", but when I right-click on a .c or .h file, it says "Open with ...
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Resuming a vim session I have accidentally Disconnected from

I came across an unusual problem today, I was using vim, had created a new alias in bash, and wanted to try it out. so I ctrl-z, exec bash (I do this because I don't like nesting it with bash. and my ...
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Color code of s file in vim

I am writing a .s file in vim. When the string '8d' is written, it is coloured in yellow. Why? Does '8d' have any particular meaning in machine code?
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How to disable Lazy Preempt in kernel

I'm relatively new to Linux and working on getting a real-time kernel up and running for robot applications. I'm on Ubuntu 14.04, using kernel 3.14.3 and the 3.14.3-rt5 real-time patch. Also using ...
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What are the differences between vim.basic and vim.tiny? [duplicate]

My favorite editor is Vim, so I decided to change the default editor of my ubuntu installation with the following command: sudo update-alternatives --config editor A prompt (with listed options) ...
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Why is my vimtutor blank?

I want to learn Vim. The vast majority of people advise me to use vimtutor. I downloaded the package and ran it, but I just get given a blank screen. I see on Youtube that there should be tons of ...
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Ubuntu 14.04 Emacs installation problem

I have emacs 24 installed, and trying to obtain package from melpa, but the archive won't download. I am running Ubuntu in virtual box 4.3 on Windows 8. I then returned to my old standby Vim 7.4, ...
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how to solve Unmet dependencies?

I am using Ubuntu 12.04. I am trying to install vim editor. When I run sudo apt-get install vim command then I got error like follow: Reading package lists... Done Building dependency tree ...
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Install vim offline [duplicate]

I have Ubuntu 12.04.02 desktop in my college Lab of around 15 pcs with no internet connection. I used to install packages : sudo apt-get install vim It was just fine. But, now I want to install ...
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How to edit files in a terminal with vim? [closed]

It is not always possible to edit and create files in a terminal , and I would like to get answers of the basics of manipulating files in a terminal using vim under Ubuntu Linux. Specific questions I ...
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How to copy file and paste its path in Vim in normal and insert mode?

Ubuntu has this feature that copy a file and pasting it into a text field pastes its path in the text field. Good. But how to do to that in Vim (launched using vim -g after installing vim-gtk) both in ...
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Deleting first column with vim

I have a text file. number 1_1 \t number1_2 \t etc number 2_1 \t number2_2 \t etc I want to remove the first column of this file (corresponding to number1_1, number2_1 etc, ie the numbers before ...
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:wq on vim does not save

By :wq I want save my text file on the vim. But when I run :wq I saw this error E45: 'readonly' option is set (add ! to override) also when I add ! to :wq like :wq! .I saw below ...
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Why is this key remapping not working in Vim?

This problem is getting me really crazy. I used Gvim and Autohotkey under Windows 7 in the past. For various reasons, I mapped CTRL+D to behave likes Enter. This worked well so far. In Gvim I mapped ...
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how to close help in vim

I wrote :help x11-selection on vim. Help appear for that command . Now my Vim screen split to two part first is the vim help below that there is my previous text file. Now I want to come back to my ...
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Geany symbol menu in VIM

On the Geany editor there is symbol tab which when you pass one C program to Geany it shows all functions and classes and variables and macros in the list . So is there any ability like that in VIM? ...
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How to view UTF-8 Unicode characters in VIM

I am using VIM 7.4 on an Ubuntu 14.04 64 bit machine. In my .vimrc file, I have the following lines: " Use UTF-8 without BOM set encoding=utf-8 nobomb The config file basically uses Unicode ...
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Why does it take a long time to open certain small text files in Vim?

Why does it take a long time to open certain config files accessible only to superuser in Vim? For example: $ sudo vim /var/lib/polkit-1/localauthority/10-vendor.d/com.ubuntu.desktop.pkla It takes ...