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vim: changing variable value line by line

Lets say I typed the following a + 1 =b and a+1=c I need 2 more expressions like that but I want to increase the value of 1 to 3, so I copy pasted the expression above 2 more times and manually ...
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How can I update vim in ubuntu 14.04LTS

I have vim version: 2:7.4.052-1ubuntu3 installed. How do I update to the latest version using the terminal?
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Why does vi start vim but typing vim says vim needs to be installed?

When I type vi into terminal, VIM starts up. But when I type vim into terminal, the terminal says The program 'vim' can be found in the following packages: and lists different varieties of vim, as if ...
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Vim macro broken after switching from Gnome Terminal to Byobu

In my .vimrc I have this line to quickly insert a </p> line: let @l='^[I</p>^M^[^[OH^[OB' I was working great in gnome-terminal, but in byobu it adds an extra line containing H. How to ...
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How to copy from vim to google chrome? [duplicate]

I want to select all contents of a file and copy it to google chrome. I have tried shift-ctrl-c but it isn't working.
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How to install and use vim without messing up with write mode

The terminal app works fine, I can run vi using it. The problem is that I've already get used to vim and don't want to learn all the vi-vim differences just for editing plaintext. I assume there must ...
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Funny TTY/Terminal behavior when sudo-ing as a user?

I set up an Ubuntu VPS from Digital Ocean recently. When I log in as root, I'm able to navigate around the terminal properly When I sudo as any other user, I get some extremely strange terminal ...
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Vim mksession not saving split windows

I'm trying to save a Vim session that contains 2 panels in a vertically split layout. I have tried using mksession and also the vim-session plugin, but whenever I reload a session, the split window ...
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GVim extra linespace

I recently installed GVim and set the font to DejaVu Sans Mono size 11, but I noticed that there are 2 pixel lines between the lines, making the lines look apart. With linespace set to -2, the spacing ...
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What is my problem in VIM?

I am adding to PATH in VIM in terminal but I'm getting an error. I followed this guy's instructions carefully and even though he didnt get the error i did. I was following Android Development for ...
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Need help removing a program

I'd installed vim using apt-get, but in my infinite wisdom, I decided to uninstall it and try installing from source. I don't know why, but the end result was kind of borked up. I'm trying to ...
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vim mapping from q! to Q!

I was trying to map 'q!' to 'Q!' in .vimrc ? I tried the following but not working. :command Q! q! Please provide any suggestion to mitigate this issue. Thank you.
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vim plugin not activating

I had installed a scala plugin but it is not activating on a .scala file. Here is my .vim directory: 11:49:43/clustering $find ~/.vim /Users/steve/.vim /Users/steve/.vim/.netrwhist ...
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Changing background colour of selected search in vim in gnome terminal

Having hlsearch enabled, if I use something like :%s/search term/replacement term/gc vim will highlight all occurrences of the search term by using black foreground on yellow background, but for the ...
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vim with python3 compatibility

So I followed this way What's the easiest way to get vim with python 3 support? which didn't work and this one http://www.xorpd.net/blog/vim_python3_install.html that did work. the thing is each ...
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Remove vim indents when I paste directly from system clipboard

I have a problem with vim when I paste something it puts them in by placing in each newline. How can I set default settings of vim.
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vim unable to write to files even though sudo is used

I find that with vim, if I try and edit a file which as a normal user I do not have write access with, even if I use sudo, I am unable to write to it, although if I use nano to edit the same file it ...
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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 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 ...