I know to enter the file explorer in vim( by typing :e .). I am not sure how to exit the file explorer in vim. I typed :q and it gave me a segmentation fault. What should be the correct way to exit the file explorer in vim?


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:q should work just as fine with the "file explorer" as with any other open buffers. A segmentation fault suggests there's a serious bug in the version of vim you are using (or it could be a kernel bug or faulty RAM).

I tried this myself, but did not get a segmentation fault.

  • :quit also worked... which is correct?
    – lakshmen
    Jul 1, 2012 at 11:53
  • @lakesh :quit and :q is the exact same command. The latter is just the short version of the former. See :help quit
    – geirha
    Jul 1, 2012 at 11:55
  • @lakesh Does the segmentation fault occur with :q but not :quit?! Jul 1, 2012 at 11:55

I open the file explorer in the same buffer as the file by default using vim-vinegar.

I've managed to map Esc to delete the file explorer buffer and return me to the file I was editing, by putting this in .vimrc:

autocmd FileType netrw nmap <silent> <buffer> <Esc> :BD<cr>

:BD is a command supplied by the BufKill.vim plugin. You can just use :bd if you want to close the buffer normally.

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