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No Terminal Library Found when Compiling Vim

I am running Ubuntu 12.04. I'm trying to a get a particular plugin for vim working and it requires that vim has ruby support enabled (the plugin is command-t). People tell me that I must go into my ...
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VIM python support on Ubuntu 16.04

I use ubuntu 16.04. My Bim 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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Make vim to show line numbers starting from zero at start up in ubuntu 14.04

I know that if you add "set number" in ".vimrc", vim would show line numbers starting from 1 when you open a file for viewing. But I want the line numbers to start from zero. How can I do this? ...
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How to prevent command execution edited with fc

I have FCEDIT set to vim. If I call fc command it will open vim with temporary file and contents of that file will be the last executed command from history. The problem is that even if I exit ...
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upgrading neovim

Can't seem to upgrade neovim. I added the new repo: add-apt-repository ppa:neovim-ppa/unstable And upgraded, but I'm still on nvim 0.1.5-dev, and opening up nvim doesn't pay attention to the .nvimrc ...
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Can't find path to ~/.vimrc file

I've read plenty of post on how to change the tab length in my vim editor, but only temporary changes. I want to make the configuration permanent and my understanding is that I can configure it in ...
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Tab Autocomplete “Command Substitution error”

I used to never rely on it, but now that I am hooked, this is driving me nutty. When I am in terminal and hit Tab to autocomplete my statement, it works for most commands (cd, mv, rm, etc) but it is ...
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How to write comment in .vimrc file?

I'm going through a .vimrc file and there everything is written like this : - " Better copy & paste " When you want to paste large blocks of code into vim, press F2 before you " paste. At the ...
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Vim auto-formating code Allman style

I'm asking this question since the internet seems full of incomplete guides on how to do this task. I'm looking for a way to format my entire file Allman style (braces on their own lines, 4 spaces, ...
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How do I save files edited with vim?

I can't save changes after editing sudo vi /etc/network/interfaces Text before editing: auto lo iface lo inet ... Edited to: auto eth0 iface eth0 inet dhcp What key combination or sequence ...
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VIM: save file without to close it? [duplicate]

How is it possible to save the vim file without to close it? I do a change, save it immediately and continue to work with the file without to reopen it again... I have found of course the question how ...
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Unmet dependencies. Try 'apt-get -f install' with no packages

I tried to install Google chrome on my Ubuntu 12.04 machine. I just followed the manual installation procedure mentioned in this link and finally when I was about to install the .deb package of google-...
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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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Ubuntu update after recompiled vim

Hello I've got a problem with re-compiled vim. I needed vim to support lua for some plugins so I find some "how to" and it went pretty well. But now Ubuntu updates keep asking to install vim although ...
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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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"+y does not copy to the clipboard

I am trying to copy a piece of text to the system clipboard. First, I do a visual selection: select " then + then y. I then get a message 7 lines yanked. When I press p, the data is pasted in vim; ...
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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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How can I change the cursor in vim depending if I'm in insert mode or normal mode? [closed]

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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: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 "/etc/dhcp/dhcpd....
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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 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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Open an existing file from 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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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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Invalid eclipse home when installing Eclim

I am encountering a issue when installing the Eclim. It is not able to detect the location of the Eclipse. At the installation screen, I select the Eclipse home folder, but the Eclim installer has an ...
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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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disable a key on an OS level

I have a volume control wheel on the bases of my laptop which I always spin by mistake. When spun, the letters 6 ~ start to pop up in rapid succession. Annoying as this is, when in my vim environment,...
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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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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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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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Using gvim as editor for Thunderbird

Can I somehow use gvim to compose my email messages in Thunderbird?
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Why is .vimrc not changing the appearance of vimtutor?

I am starting with Vim. I created a ~/.vimrc file in my home directory and started adding preferences. When I save and start the file again I can see the preferences taking effect in my vim. ...
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vi shortcut to delete “until the next X character”

I understand that vi has shortcut keys to delete character, word and line with various options. However, I could not find this: to delete from cursor to the next specified character. I might type du"...
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Gvim GLib-GObject-WARNING in ubuntu 13.10

I upgraded from ubuntu 13.04 to ubuntu 13.10 this afternoon. And when I try starting vim form the terminal after the upgrade, I get these warnings (gvim:4054): GLib-GObject-WARNING **: Attempt to ...
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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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 ...