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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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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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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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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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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 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 ...
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vim NERDTree | Auto fresh the directory pane

How can you auto refresh the directory panes automatically in vim NERDTree? I know you can press R to refresh manually but I want to have it refresh automatically. This is particularly helpful when ...
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How do I compile the latest gvim from source

I have found that I need to compile the lastest gvim due to a bug I have reported, but how do I proceed?
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How to build vim with gui option from sources?

I'm having a hard time building a VIM 7.4(obtained from vim's ftp site) with gui option. It builds ok without the gui option. Here's how I'm doing it: cd ~/Downloads/vim74/src ./configure ...
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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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View .deb package files in vim

vim is capable of reading compressed files (for common methods, at least). However, it sees Debian package files as binary gibberish. The Archive Manager tool can, however, open package files and show ...
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Having problem with fonts in vim-airline

I wanted to install vim-airline but I am having problems with unicode fonts. I have installed it with vundle: .vimrc set encoding=utf-8 Bundle 'bling/vim-airline' let g:airline_powerline_fonts = ...
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How to fix the “Setting locale failed” error while installing vim?

When installing vim through Software Center , I get this error installArchives() failed: perl: warning: Setting locale failed. perl: warning: Please check that your locale settings: LANGUAGE = ...
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key word remap enter carriage return vim command line

In my .vimrc file I have :imap ii <CR> which allows me to hit ii for enter/carriage return in vim but now i would like to set that same configuration in my .inputrc so that i can just hit ...
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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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 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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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 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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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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vim in 14.04 (Trusty) starts up in Replace mode

I just deployed a handful of 14.04 systems and I'm noticing that whenever I vim something, vim is already in replace mode. As I'm used to being in command mode on starting, this is rather ...
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vim - make a mapping applicable only if the file name contains specific characters

Say, I want a specific vim mapping to be applicable only if the file name (better still, path) contains specific characters --- irrespective of filetype. Can this be done? How? Or am I asking for too ...