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How to change key-bindings in firefox?

Firefox constantly keep moving platformHTMLBindings.xml when it upgrade. I want to replace it to support vi key-bindings. But I cannot find it any more. sudo find / -name platformHTMLBindings.xml ...
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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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How to learn vim on a high level? [closed]

I know that vim (like emacs) is very powerful editor for programmers, as long as you know how to use it, its shortcuts, and so on. What steps can I take and what tutorials can I read to become an ...
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Why do my windows occasionally stop taking keyboard input after alt-tab?

I have recently installed ubuntu 16.04 coming from Windows. Two different applications (Vim and Awesomenauts) have on different occasions started completely ignoring keyboard input - though mouse ...
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What is the difference between Vi and Vim?

This might sound like an idiotic question. I would appreciate it if someone can let a newbie know what the differences are between vi and vim. I've heard vim is a successor to vi but whenever I try to ...
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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 ...
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How can I update vim to a newer version than 11.04's repo version (7.3.35)

Ubuntu 11.04 comes with vim 7.3.35 in the repos, and this version has a bug which is preventing me from using the Command-T plugin (the bug is http://bugs.debian.org/cgi-bin/bugreport.cgi?bug=614336) ...
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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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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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How can I change the cursor in vim depending if I'm in insert mode or normal mode?

I'm used to working on GVim, but I want to make most of vim+tmux too. Therefore I have decided to switch to vim. But in vim the cursor style does not change depending on the mode. I use zsh and ...
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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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How to Get Graphical Neovim in Ubuntu 16.04?

I found this list about packages but I find none in apt-get; described in their Github manual here. How can you get grahical neovim in Ubuntu 16.04?
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Vim in tmux display wrong colors

I installed Ubuntu 11.10. Then downloaded Solarized theme for Gnome Terminal. From terminal my vim looks good: plugin vim-powerline displays correctly and syntax is highlighted with proper colors. But ...
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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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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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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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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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How can I change the default text editor from gedit to vim?

How can I change the default text editor from gedit to vim? When I click on a text file, I want it to open in vim under the terminal instead of gedit.
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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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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 ...
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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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vi, getting multiple “Sorry, the command is not available in this version…” after reinstall

From my .vimrc, getting: line 16: E319: Sorry, the command is not available in this version: filetype on line 17: E319: Sorry, the command is not available in this version: filetype plugin on ...
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Vim refuses to start with “error while loading shared libraries: libperl.so.5.14” after upgrade to Ubuntu 14.04

After I upgraded to Ubuntu 14.04 vim refuses to start, showing the following error: vim: error while loading shared libraries: libperl.so.5.14: cannot open shared object file: No such file or ...
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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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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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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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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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Problem selecting Vim version:

I use ubuntu 12.04. I want to install the latest version of Vim(7.3) with all its important plugins. So, which version of Vim should I install?: Vim or Vim-Gnome or Vim-athena or any other version? ...
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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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How to stop Gedit, Gvim, Vim, Nano from adding End-of-File newline char?

Sometimes I want the last line of a text file to be a simple string of text with no newline character appended: ...eg. to concatenate another file to it. Several editors automatically modify my ...
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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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How can I install and use powerline plugin?

Powerline is a plug-in to display informational and beautiful statusline for vim, tmux and shell prompt for bash, zsh. Vim statusline: How can I install and setup Powerline for different ...
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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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What are the differences between the different vim packages available in Ubuntu?

The difference between vim-gtk and vim-gnome has been discussed here. Ubuntu usually offers more than these two options for vim : vim-nox vim-athena vim-* It is not clear which vim package ...
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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 ...
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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 ...
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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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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 ...