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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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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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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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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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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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Changing Vim editor settings?

How do I change default settings of Vim editor such as setting auto indent, setting Tab space to 4 and changing text colors? Also how to set vim as the default code editor?
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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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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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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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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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Make VIM reload file as soon as it changes on disk [duplicate]

I don't want to have to keep reloaded a log file manually, I want to automatically see my logs as they come in. Apparently, VIM has this feature built in, something called autoread, but I can't get ...
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Vim Syntax Highlighting Question

I have a doubt about vim, I installed the editor on my ubuntu 13.10 and everything is ok. but when I create a file ".txt, or .conf" the highlighting isn't enabled, I put "#" and " but not change ...
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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: ...
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In a dockerized ubuntu instance how do I get nano to display/work right?

When I apt-get install nano in a docker instance of ubuntu:trusty nano's display is seriously messed up, what do I need to do to fix this? I've tried vi/vim as well, and arrow keys are broken. In ...
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How to create php files in /var/www folder?

I am new to Ubuntu(Linux) and I am trying to create a php file in /var/www, file name hello.php. I am typing vi hello.php and then I write my code <?php......?>, however, when I am trying to ...
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Bash command-line in vi mode - command-line find/replace [duplicate]

New to linux :-) In my .bashrc I have set -o vi. That way when I'm in the terminal I can press CTRL +{ and then use VI commands to navigate, edit and search the command history. One thing I cannot ...
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Strange behaviors when loading Vim color themes

Here is some links and screenshots needed by this question. I downloaded two Vim color themes: Lettuce and Monokai. (As seen in the link provided.) In my .vimrc, if I only have colorscheme lettuce ...
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Compile a LaTeX file from Vim and not from terminal

I am compiling my LaTeX files from terminal and it gets a little annoying to go every time in terminal and use: xelatex "file-path" Is there a way to do this from inside Vim?
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Is there a way to turn gvim into fullscreen mode?

Is there a way to turn gvim into fullscreen mode? I know that this is possible on OS X through MacVim, but wasn't able to find a way to do it on Ubuntu.
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When I install packages, I keep getting fontconfig warning

I'm running Ubuntu 14.04 LTS on a virtual machine, and I was installing packages, specifically text editors in this case (emacs23, sublime, vim..). Anyways, I get this massive warning of font ...
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Apache 2 virtual host pointing to index.html

I tried to create a virtual host whitecrm.local by the following procedure: First I created host using sudo vim /etc/hosts 127.0.0.1 localhost 127.0.0.1 whitecrm.local Created a file ...
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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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How to configure vim for quickfix

I am getting the following error: /bin/bash: ccfilter: command not found when I issue the :make command in vim. I need to install (or build) the ccfilter binary but I can't find it. Where can I ...
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Vim does not load coloerscheme from .vimrc when started from tmux

I got a very simple startup script, that starts a gnome-terminal with a running tmux session. #!/usr/bin/env bash gnome-terminal -e "tmux" --window --full-screen When I run Vim inside this ...
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Vim cannot find syntax.vim

Recently, I needed to build Vim from source to use a plugin that required Lua interpreting. This worked fine on my laptop, but my tower computer is having some issues. Any time I run Vim, I recieve ...
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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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Extension to submit problem codes on Hackerearth, Codechef from editor

Is there any extension available in any editor to submit code directly from editor to the competitive programming sites like codechef, hackerearth, hackerrank, topcoder, codeforces etc.?
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ubuntu 14.04 : VIM with YouCompleteMe plugin, throw “ImportError: No module named _io”

I was using python2.7.6, VIM 7.4 and YouCompleteMe plugin on my Ubuntu14.04. Today I did some update on my Ubuntu, but after that, I found my VIM cannot work properly with YouCompleteMe. When I start ...
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How do I access files installed with sudo apt-get

I just installed Ubuntu a few days ago and I am trying to download and use VIM. So I went to terminal and ran sudo apt-get install vim, and everything went fine with running the command, the only ...
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Window contents corrupt when scrolling in Chrome and vim/gvim

I am running 14.04 as a guest on a Win8.1 host (over VirtualBox 4.3.17), 3D acceleration is enabled. Since upgrading from 12.10 I have noticed that text/content will sometimes corrupt when I scroll a ...
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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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No ~/.vim folder in ubuntu 13.04 where to go for it

I am trying to install different plug-ins in vim. I have installed vim using sudo apt-get install vim. But the downloaded files for these plug-ins need to be placed in ~/.vim folder. But there is no ...
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Replace text inside quotes in vim

I have a large sql file and I would like to rename the table name from `feedback` to `comments` but I don't want to replace the word feedback in case any row has that text so I was trying to select it ...
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vim showing weird characters on screen in terminal

So I just installed ubuntu on my Netbook and switched to the openbox window manager. When I open up VIM in a terminal and hit j when I am at the top of the file or hit k from the bottom of the file, ...
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open markdown files in vim: only a few lines shown

I'm facing the problem while displaying the markdown file content. When i opens the .md file in vim , it just displays few lines and there is s bottom bar which display line info,rest of the lines ...
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Replace a specific section of code

I don't know what could do this, sed, vim, whatever. Lets say I have 30 functions, to keep it simple, i'll show 3 #first function AddOne = [ a+1==b, b+1==c ] # second function ...
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Problem with Vim's colorschemes

I have started using Vim in Ubuntu 14.04 64bit. I tried to change the colorscheme but the result was peculiar. The colors were as if there were random and a lot of times I couldn't even look at Vim or ...
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Is it possible to find out what options packages were compiled with?

I am interested in knowing which options are used to compile vim in the package "vim" as I am trying to compile vim from source on another system, not running Debian/Ubuntu, and would like it to work ...
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Change the default editor when sudo visudo

When doing sudo visudo, the default editor is nano. I want to change it to vi or vim. I already made vim be the default application to replace gedit upon opening php, plain text, c and h files, by ...
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How to change visudo editor from nano to vim? [duplicate]

When I use visudo, it always opens it with nano editor. How to change the editor to vim?
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Open an existing file in Vim

I would like to open a file that already exists while already in Vim. What is the command to do this?
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Install colortheme in Vim

I am a new user of Linux Ubuntu and I am trying to copy and paste a colortheme in Vim's folder color but it seems to be owned by root and I can't paste it in there. What can I do?
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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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“E21: cannot make changes” when editing resolv.conf

A few hours earlier I bought a beaglebone and now I am trying to add nameserver 8.8.8.8 to /etc/resolv.conf. However when I open it with vim and try to add my nameserver, it gives me E21: cannot make ...
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How do I set gvim as default application? [duplicate]

I compiled and installed vim 7.4 in Ubuntu 12.04. I want to set gvim as the default application for all text and C/C++ files. I tried : Right click > Open With Other Application. But couldn't find ...
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Deleting column in vim

I have a tab-delimited file like: name1 verb1 name2 verb2 etc... I want to delete the second column. I tried editing one of these answers, but being not familiar with sed and awk, I ...