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How to make vim code folding colors more readable

I use code folding in vim, e.g. za, zc, zR, ZM But when the code is folded the resulting color - light blue on white is very hard to read for me with poor contrast I have tried changing my profile'...
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GVim operator pending commands only work after suspend or waiting an arbitrary amount of time

Basically, on a fresh boot, many of the standard operator pending commands don't act as they should. Instead, they seem to act as if the operator pending command was never issued, sort of. ciw will ...
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Open Vim in Xfce4 Terminal from Thunar

I am using Xubuntu 16.04. I have set the default application to Vim for plain text files in Thunar. By default Vim opens in XTerm and not in Xfce Terminal. I would like for it to default to Xfce4 ...
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How do you remap .vimrc so Ubuntu SDK's fakevim implementation will escape insert mode on <Right>, <Left>, <Home>… etc

Ubuntu SDK has fakevim. Its behavior varies compared to real vim. For example; inoremap <Up> <C-[><Up> inoremap <Down> <Esc><Down> While in Insert Mode, &...
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Installing vim latex-suite plugin?

I have installed vim-gtk and vim-addons-manager on my ubuntu 14.04, and also the latex-suite plugin. This I did with sudo apt-get install vim-latexsuite vim-addon-manager enable latex-suite which ...
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How do I upgrade vim 7.4.52 to a higher version like 7.4.314 on Ubuntu 14.04? [duplicate]

I'd like to use YouCompleteMe in Vim and I have to upgrade to a version higher than 7.4.314. apt-get install vim gives me Vim 7.4.52. Is there a command line method?
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vim syntax highlighting ubuntu touch

I'm trying to get syntax highlighting working while using vim. :version gives me: "Small version without GUI". I installed both "vim-gui-common" and "vim-runtime", but everytime I issue the ...
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How to use vim or mutt as a back-end for Thunderbird?

When I send an email I usually use mutt because that lets me use vim. Sometimes, for longer mail, I open a file in /tmp named wxyz and run that through to correct spelling and capitalization, &c. ...
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How do I undo an action in Vim?

I know that there is a command or something you can type in Vim that does the same as CTRL + Z does in most GUI programs in order to undo what was just typed, but I can't remember what it is. Does ...
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Why do my windows occasionally stop taking keyboard input after alt-tab?

I have recently installed Ubuntu 16.04. Two different applications (Vim and Awesomenauts), on different occasions, have started completely ignoring keyboard input - though mouse input still works. ...
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How to Install vim-full in 16.04?

I cannot find it in apt-get. I need vimdiff. How can you install vim-full in Ubuntu 16.04?
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VIM python support on Ubuntu 16.04

I use ubuntu 16.04. My vim doesn't have python support. The thing is that I installed vim, vim-gnome, vim-nox, I surfed net for hours and tried to build vim from source, I deleted some stuff like vim-...
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Maximize Terminal Window on Launcher where Terminal=True

I have searched the internet for a while now, but have not found a suitable answer. I have vim installed with a .desktop file to start vim (not gvim!). In the .desktop file it has a Terminal=True. ...
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YouCompleteMe plugin of VIM not working with NLTK

I have recently installed the YouCompleteMe plugin for vim through Vundle. It works really well for Python. Problem starts when I import the third party library nltk. For example if I do the following ...
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Ubuntu 16.04 VIM without python support!

Although Ubuntu 16.04 release notes mention that: The default VIM package has been built against python3 instead of python2. Yet after I installed vim with the following command: sudo apt-get ...
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Are there any downsides/risks to using vim-gtk on production server?

I know this seems to be considered blasphemy but I really don't like editing server files with vi. If I install vim-gtk on my production server so I can use gvim and use x11 forwarding in putty to ...
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vim.desktop - changes lost when terminal exits

I was thrilled to notice a GNOME launcher for vim in the vim-common package after I upgraded to Ubuntu 16.04, since it offers an alternative to gvim (a solid app, though not perfect for my workflow). ...
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No python intepreter in vim for Ubuntu 16.04

I've recently installed Ubuntu 16.04 and in the Release Notes it says VIM defaults to python3 On my fresh install of Ubuntu 16.04 I installed vim with the following commands $ python3 -V Python ...
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GLib-GObject-WARNING when closing gvim

I set my computer up new with Ubuntu 16.04 today. I already installed vim-gnome. While working with it, everything is fine. But when I close gvim I get this message in the terminal: (gvim:5834): ...
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badwolf color scheme does not work on ubuntu 14.04

I want to use color scheme badwolf for my vim so I downloaded it from here https://github.com/sjl/badwolf and copied colors/badwolf.vim to my ~/.vim/colors directory. But it does not work. It does not ...
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Is it possible to have both vi and vim installed so that they can be used separately?

I can't use vi, well, I can, but I would much prefer vim, however I need to share a computer with someone who hates vim and can only use vi... After installing vim I find that if I use the vi command ...
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Vim 7.4: Strange behavior with invalid actions

I have a problem with Vim 7.4 on my laptop installed with Ubuntu 14.04. When I perform any invalid action, I expected that nothing happens, But I always received strange symbols look like quote ...
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Edit crontab with an editor other than the default

I would like to edit crontab with vi once. My default editor is nano, and I want to keep it that way. I only want to edit with vi one time. I don't want to change the default to vi then back to ...
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How to install Emmet (or any web development Plugins) for vim editor

I am trying to develop my Website but I am not interested on using graphical interfaces. I would like to use vim only. I went on this page http://www.vim.org/scripts/script.php?script_id=2981, but, I ...
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Setting vim background mode depeding on time of day

Several colorschemes in vim have two modes, which change the colors when you do set bg=light/dark. I'm wondering if it's possible to setup my .vimrc file such that it sets an appropriate mode ...
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Open file in vim using symbolic link

I have symbolic link in current directory that points to text file. How to open file in vim using that symbolic link? command vim linkname not works.
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unable to install vim on docker's ubuntu container

Using ubuntu 14.04 platform, installed docker: ubuntu@ubuntu:~$ docker --version Docker version 1.10.2, build c3959b1 in docker, running ubuntu image/container root@2a14c4a7b565:/# uname -a ...
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vim theme showing up strange in tmux

My vim is configured like so: syntax on colorscheme brogrammer set nu set expandtab set tabstop=4 set autoindent My tmux is configured like so: set -g default-terminal "xterm-256color" ...
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When writing a Bash script, how do I create then open a file with the date as part of the name?

I want to use a script to open a list of URLs, then create an empty text-file called "[today's date].homework" and then open that text file in Vim. Here's the script I have now: #!/bin/bash ## Open ...
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How can I view a text file with Chinese characters in Vim?

I have a text file with Chinese characters. I can view it in gedit and it works fine, but when I try to open it with Vim I see things like: »¹Ã»ºÃºÃ¸ßËÑÑ©»¨ÕÀ·ÅµÄÆøºò£¬ÄôÀÚ¹âÈáÈõºì´øÉÏÀ­²»Éϵľ糡°æ, ...
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Can't save .bashrc file in VIM (“The swap file ”.bashrc.swp“ already exists!”)

I have problem with .bashrc file I can't save changes by command :wq. When I put command to terminal vim .bashrc I have message like below. And when I choose "Edit" I am in .bashrc but :wq isn't save ...
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Make vim version 7 edit xml files

I'm using old linux an vim version 7.1.314. I would like to edit eclipse .cproject file that build using XML syntax. Currently vim shows not colored information. I found vim plugin that I hope wil ...
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How do i use a color scheme on vim and gvim?

Both are installed on: ~/.vim/colors And are found on the command line: Link do Colorscheme - solarized Link do Colorscheme - sky
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Blank Screen On Boot

I tried installing LAMP using the following tutorial: http://techlimbo.blogspot.com/2012/11/how-to-install-concrete5-on-ubuntu-1204.html Upon testing if the apache install worked (directing browser ...
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How can I find the directory to clang-format

I use gvim to code and want to use clang-format as a plugin. As I read it is already integrated in vim. I just need to add this line to my .vimrc: map <C-K> :pyf <path-to-this-file>/clang-...
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Can't copy from vim to clipboard inside tmux

I am using vim vim 7.4, tmux 2.1 and ubuntu 14.04. I can yank from vim and copy to clipboard when using vim directly from my terminal with "+y. When I use vim from inside tmux, I can't yank-copy from ...
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Vim copy to clipboard not working

Trying to copy text from vim to clipboard and paste to another application. Vim should support copying to clipboard (:echo has('clipboard') returns 1) I do: in visual mode select required lines type ...
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How to redraw terminal window after wall command displays message

I have a script that will send wall notification to all open terminal sessions when battery gets bellow certain percentage,and will continue doing so every minute until power source is plugged in. ...
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Difference between Nano and Vim [closed]

I have recently started using Ubuntu and hence, the terminal. As text editor, I have used the pre-installed nano. Now I wonder whether I should install and use vim as well. What are each of those ...
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Why does ^[k appear in vim?

Occasionally my fingers will twitch in vim and these characters appear: ^[k (I'm not typing the characters, and they're not part of the text - deleting the line doesn't remove them) What are they ...
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SSH secure shell not working with vim colors

The script: 256colors2.pl when run from putty returns the correct colors, from SSH secure shell nothing happen, it doesn't open, on-screen appears nothing. user@ubuntu:~$ ./256colors2.pl user@...
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Text scaling / clipboard issue

I am having some difficulty understanding some issues with dia, perhaps better posted as two questions, however I do get the impression that they are related in gnome somehow; they are as follows: ...
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Bash shell doesn't display Python output

I started using vim + tmux for my programming and suddenly after accidentally smashing couple of keys [Forgive me I am a klutz] the bash shell started acting weirdly. When I run my unittest written ...
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Open all files in directory in vim

To open several files in separate tabs in vim I need to execute command vim -p file1 file2 I fave directory that contains many files and I would like to open all files with extension c in vim ...
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What does % and ! mean in Vim commands?

In Vim, :%!ls executes ls command and prints its output to the current editable file. But what do % and ! mean separately in vim? Is it possible execute ls and not put its output to document?
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How do I set line number in VI Editor [duplicate]

I am using the VI editor in Ubuntu and I have maximum usage of VI editor. to see the line number in vi i am using like below: :set nu I want to set it default when I open a file in vi editor, that ...
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Vim-LatexSuite: /bin/bash: latex command not found

TeXLive 2015: I installed TeXLive 2015 following the simplest instruction sudo ./install-tl-ubuntu (without any options) of scottkosty/install-tl-ubuntu@GitHub. Vim-Latex-Suite: I installed Vim-...
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Remote SSH command requires a terminal

So for one of my servers, most of what I do is edit files with vim. Is it possible to do something like ssh me@myserver vim ? When I try to do that, I get "Warning, output is not to a terminal", and ...
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update-alternatives: error: /var/lib/dpkg/alternatives/vim corrupt: invalid status

Whenever I try to install, update, or do anything with apt-get, I always get a error message similar to this, griping about vim: 0 upgraded, 0 newly installed, 0 to remove and 2 not upgraded. 1 not ...
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Unable to install vim 1 [duplicate]

The error I get while doing sudo apt-get install vim; I have used sudo apt-get update as well.