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*todo.txt* For Vim version 7.3a. Last change: 2010 May 15
TODO list for Vim *todo*
This is a veeeery long list of known bugs, current work and desired
improvements. To make it a little bit accessible, the items are grouped by
subject. In the first column of the line a classification is used to be able
to look for "the next thing to do":
Priority classification:
9 next point release
8 next release
7 as soon as possible
6 soon
5 should be included
4 nice to have
3 consider including
2 maybe not
1 probably not
- unclassified
See |develop.txt| for development plans. You can vote for which items should
be worked on, but only if you sponsor Vim development. See |sponsor|.
-------------------- Known bugs and current work -----------------------
gtk_selection_clear_targets not available in GTK1 (Patrick Texier)
Cursor positioning wrong with 0x200e character. (John Becket, 2010 May 6)
E315 when trying to change a file in FileChangedRO autocommand event.
(Dominique Pelle, 2010 Apr 30)
When directory "/tmp/tags" contains "tags1" and "tags2", setting 'tags' to
"/tmp/tags/*" doesn't pick up these files. (Simon Ruggier, 2010 Mar 17)
":command Print echo 'print'" works, but ":Print" doesn't. Builtin Print
should be overruled. (Aaron Thoma)
Editing a file with a ^M with 'ff' set to "mac", opening a help file, then the
^M is displayed as ^J sometimes. Getting 'ff' value from wrong window/buffer?
Problem producing tags file when hebrew.frx is present. It has a BOM.
Results in E670. (Tony Mechelynck, 2010 May 2)
'cindent' not correct when 'list' is set. (Zdravi Korusef, 2010 Apr 15)
":helpgrep" does not put the cursor in the correct column when preceded by
accented character. (Tony Mechelynck, 2010 Apr 15)
Better Czech keymap. (Stepnem, 2010 May 4) Use if no response from Jiri
Use Dutch spell files from:
Looks like this is newer than the new wordlist for Dutch:
Problem with cursor in the wrong column. (SungHyun Nam, 2010 Mar 11)
Additional info by Dominique Pelle. (also on 2010 Apr 10)
"make install" installs some of the .info files on Unix.
(James Vega, 2010 Mar 30)
Is ~/bin (literally) in $PATH supposed to work? (Paul, 2010 March 29)
Looks like only bash can do it. (Yakov Lerner)
8 Add an event like CursorHold that is triggered repeatedly, not just once
after typing something.
Need for CursorHold that retriggers. Use a key that doesn't do anything, or a
function that resets did_cursorhold.
I often see pasted text (from Firefox, to Vim in xterm) appear twice.
Also, Vim in xterm sometimes loses copy/paste ability (probably after running
an external command).
Jumplist doesn't work properly in Insert mode? (Jean Johner, 2010 Mar 20)
Problem with transparent cmdline. Also: Terminal title is wrong with
non-ASCII character. (Lily White, 2010 Mar 7)
iconv() doesn't fail on an illegal character, as documented. (Yongwei Wu, 2009
Nov 15, example Nov 26) Add argument to specify whether iconv() should fail
or replace with a character and continue?
Add local time at start of --startuptime output.
Requires configure check for localtime().
Use format year-month-day hr:min:sec.
Shell not recognized properly if it ends in "csh -f". (James Vega, 2009 Nov 3)
Find tail? Might have a / in argument. Find space? Might have space in
Test 69 breaks on MS-Windows, both 32 and 64 builds. (George Reilly, 2010 Feb
":function f(x) keepjumps" creates a function where every command is executed
like it has ":keepjumps" before it.
Coverity: ask someone to create new user: Dominique.
look into reported defects:
Bug with 'incsearch' going to wrong line. (Wolfram Kresse, 2009 Aug 17)
Only with "vim -u NONE".
Problem with editing file in binary mode. (Ingo Krabbe, 2009 Oct 8)
Problem with stop directory in findfile(). (Adam Simpkins, 2009 Aug 26)
Undo problem: line not removed as expected when using setline() from Insert
mode. (Israel Chauca, 2010 May 13, more in second msg)
Break undo when CTRL-R = changes the text? Or save more lines?
Change to C syntax folding to make it work much faster, but a bit less
reliable. (Lech Lorens, 2009 Nov 9) Enable with an option?
Most time is spent in in_id_list().
Slow combination of folding and PHP syntax highlighting. Script to reproduce
it. Caused by "syntax sync fromstart" in combination with patch 7.2.274.
(Christian Brabandt, 2010 May 27)
In command line window ":close" doesn't work properly. (Tony Mechelynck, 2009
Jun 1)
When a:base in 'completefunc' starts with a number it's passed as a number,
not a string. (Sean Ma) Need to add flag to call_func_retlist() to force a
string value.
There is no command line completion for ":lmap".
Invalid read error in Farsi mode. (Dominique Pelle, 2009 Aug 2)
For running gvim on an USB stick: avoid the OLE registration. Use a command
line argument -noregister.
When a mapping exists both for insert mode and lang-insert mode, the last one
doesn't work. (Tyru, 2010 May 6) Or is this intended?
Still a problem with ":make" in the wrong directory. Caused by ":bufdo".
(Ajit Thakkar, 2009 Jul 1) More information Jul 9, Jul 15.
Caused by "doautoall syntaxset BufEnter *" in syntax/nosyntax.vim ?
There also is a BufLeave/BufEnter aucmd to save/restore view.
Does the patch to save/restore globaldir work?
":bufdo normal gg" while 'hidden' is set leaves buffers without syntax
highlighting. Don't disable Syntax autocommands then? Or add a flag/modifier
to avoid changing 'eventignore'?
Patch for displaying 0x200c and 0x200d. (Ali Gholami Rudi, 2009 May 6)
Probably needs a bit of work.
List of encoding aliases. (Takao Fujiware, 2009 Jul 18)
Are they all OK? Update Jul 22.
Win32: Expanding 'path' runs into a maximum size limit. (bgold12, 2009 Nov 15)
Setting 'tags' to "tagsdir/*" does not find "tagsdir/tags". (Steven K. Wong,
2009 Jul 18)
Patch to add farsi handling to arabic.c (Ali Gholami Rudi, 2009 May 2)
Added test, updates, June 23.
Patch to add "focusonly" to 'scrollopt', so that scrollbind also applies in
window that doesn't have focus. (Jonathon Mah, 2009 Jan 12)
Needs more work.
Problem with <script> mappings (Andy Wokula, 2009 Mar 8)
When starting Vim with "gvim -f -u non_existent_file > foo.txt" there are a
few control characters in the output. (Dale Wiles, 2009 May 28)
'cmdwinheight is only used in last window when 'winheight' is a large value.
(Tony Mechelynck, 2009 Apr 15)
Status line containing winnr() isn't updated when splitting the window (Clark
J. Wang, 2009 Mar 31)
When $VIMRUNTIME is set in .vimrc, need to reload lang files. Already done
for GTK, how about others? (Ron Aaron, 2010 Apr 10)
Motif: Build on Ubuntu can't enter any text in dialog text fields.
When 'ft' changes redraw custom status line.
":tab split fname" doesn't set the alternate file in the original window,
because win_valid() always returns FALSE. Below win_new_tabpage() in
Space before comma in function definition not allowed: "function x(a , b)"
Give a more appropriate error message. Add a remark to the docs.
string_convert() should be able to convert between utf-8 and utf-16le. Used
for GTK clipboard. Avoid requirement for iconv.
Now that colnr_T is int instead of unsigned, more type casts can be removed.
'delcombine' does not work for the command line. (Tony Mechelynck, 2009 Jul
Unwanted file name escaping: ":echo input('file:' , '', 'file')"
And use file name completion on a file with spaces. (Frederic Hardy, 2009 Mar
Don't load macmap.vim on startup, turn it into a plugin. (Ron Aaron,
2009 Apr 7) Reminder Apr 14.
Add "no_hlsearch" to winsaveview().
Cursorline highlighting combines with Search ('hlsearch') but not with
SpellBad. (Jim Karsten, 2009 Mar 18)
When 'foldmethod' is "indent", using >> on a line just above a fold makes the
cursor line folded. (Evan Laforge, 2009 Oct 17)
When 'foldmethod' is "indent", adding an empty line below a fold and then
indented text, creates a new fold instead of joining it with the previous one.
(Evan Laforge, 2009 Oct 17)
Bug: When reloading a buffer changed outside of Vim, BufRead autocommands
are applied to the wrong buffer/window. (Ben Fritz, 2009 Apr 2, May 11)
Ignore window options when not in the right window?
Perhaps we need to use a hidden window for applying autocommands to a buffer
that doesn't have a window.
When using "ab foo bar" and mapping <Tab> to <Esc>, pressing <Tab> after foo
doesn't trigger the abbreviation like <Esc> would. (Ramana Kumar, 2009 Sep 6)
getbufvar() to get a window-local option value for a buffer that's not
displayed in a window should return the value that's stored for that buffer.
":he ctrl_u" can be auto-corrected to ":he ctrl-u".
There should be a way after an abbreviation has expanded to go back to what
was typed. CTRL-G h ? Would also undo last word or line break inserted
perhaps. And undo CTRL-W. CTRL-G l would redo.
Win32: A --remote command that has a directory name starting with a ( doesn't
work, the backslash is removed, assuming that it escapes the (. (Valery
Kondakoff, 2009 May 13)
Win32 GUI: Changing manifest helps for dpi changes (Joe Castro, 2009 Mar 27)
Win32 GUI: last message from startup doesn't show up when there is an echoerr
command. (Cyril Slobin, 2009 Mar 13)
Win32: use different args for SearchPath()? (Yasuhiro Matsumoto, 2009 Jan 30)
Win32: completion of file name ":e c:\!test" results in ":e c:\\!test", which
does not work. (Nieko Maatjes, 2009 Jan 8, Ingo Karkat, 2009 Jan 22)
Directory wrong in session file, caused by ":lcd" in BufEnter autocommand.
(Felix Kater, 2009 Mar 3)
maparg() doesn't return the flags, such as <buffer>, <script>, <silent>.
These are needed to save and restore a mapping.
Also: the rhs string is not always correct. (Hari Krishna Dara, 2009 Sept 29)
Using ~ works OK on 'a' with composing char, but not on 0x0418 with composing
char 0x0301. (Tony Mechelynck, 2009 Mar 4)
Inconsistent: starting with $LANG set to es_ES.utf-8 gives Spanish
messages, even though locale is not supported. But ":lang messages
es_ES.utf-8" gives an error and doesn't switch messages. (Dominique Pelle,
2009 Jan 26)
When $HOME contains special characters, sich as a comma, escape them when used
in an option. (Michael Hordijk, 2009 May 5)
Turn "esc" argument of expand_env_esc() into string of chars to be escaped.
Can 'undolevels' be a buffer-local option? Helps for making big changes in
one file only, set 'ul' to -1 only for that buffer.
Should make 'ignorecase' global-local, so that it makes sense setting it from
a modeline.
Add cscope target to Makefile. (Tony Mechelynck, 2009 Jun 18, replies by
Sergey Khorev)
Consider making YankRing or something else that keeps a list of yanked text
part of standard Vim. The "1 to "9 registers are not sufficient.
netrw: dragging status line causes selection of entry. Should check row
number to be below last visible line.
After doing "su" $HOME can be the old user's home, thus ~root/file is not
correct. Don't use it in the swap file.
Completion for ":buf" doesn't work properly on Win32 when 'shellslash' is off.
(Henrik Ohman, 2009, Jan 29)
Allow patches to add something to version.c, like with an official patch, so
that :version output shows which patches have been applied.
Bug: in Ex mode (after "Q") backslash before line break, when yanked into a
register and executed, results in <Nul>: instead of line break.
(Konrad Schwarz, 2010 Apr 16)
Have a look at patch for utf-8 line breaking. (Yongwei Wu, 2008 Mar 1, Mar 23)
Now at:
Greek sigma character should be lower cased depending on the context. Can we
make this work? (Dominique Pelle, 2009 Sep 24)
When changing 'encoding' convert all the swap file names, so that we can
still delete them. Also convert all buffer file names?
"gqip" in Insert mode has an off-by-one error, causing it to reflow text.
(Raul Coronado, 2009 Nov 2)
Update src/testdir/main.aap.
"vim -c 'sniff connect'" hangs Vim. (Dominique Pelle, 2008 Dec 7)
Something wrong with session that has "cd" commands and "badd", in such a way
that Vim doesn't find the edited file in the buffer list, causing the
ATTENTION message? (Tony Mechelynck, 2008 Dec 1)
Also: swap files are in ~/tmp/ One has relative file name ".mozilla/...".
Add v:motion_force. (Kana Natsuno, 2008 Dec 6)
Runtime files for Clojure. (Toralf Wittner, 2008 Jun 25)
MS-Windows: editing the first, empty buffer, 'ffs' set to "unix,dos", ":enew"
doesn't set 'ff' to "unix". (Ben Fritz, 2008 Dec 5) Reusing the old buffer
probably causes this.
'scrollbind' is not respected when deleting lines or undo. (Milan Vancura,
2009 Jan 16)
Document that default font in Athena can be set with resources:
XtDefaultFont: "9x15"
XtDefaultFontSet: "9x15"
(Richard Sherman, 2009 Apr 12)
Having "Syntax" in 'eventignore' for :bufdo may cause problems, e.g. for
":bufdo e" when buffers are open in windows. ex_listdo(eap) could set the
option only for when jumping to another buffer, not when the command argument
is executed.
Crash with dragn-n-drop of file combined with netrw (Marius Gedminas, 2008 Jun
11) I can't reproduce it. It's probably caused by a handle_drop() call
in combination with autocommands that invoke a ":redraw" command.
Another valgrind output Jun 30.
":pedit %" with a BufReadPre autocommand causes the cursor to move to the
first line. (Ingo Karkat, 2008 Jul 1) Ian Kelling is working on this.
Wildmenu not deleted: "gvim -u NONE", ":set nocp wildmenu cmdheight=3
laststatus=2", CTRL-D CTRL-H CTRL-H CTRL-H. (A.Politz, 2008 April 1)
Works OK with Vim in an xterm.
Cursor line moves in other window when using CTRL-W J that doesn't change
anything. (Dasn, 2009 Apr 7)
On Unix "glob('does not exist~')" returns the string. Without the "~" it
doesn't. (John Little, 2008 Nov 9)
Shell expansion returns unexpanded string?
Don't use shell when "~" is not at the start?
":unlet $VAR" doesn't work.
When using ":e ++enc=foo file" and the file is already loaded with
'fileencoding' set to "bar", then do_ecmd() uses that buffer, even though the
fileencoding differs. Reload the buffer in this situation? Need to check for
the buffer to be unmodified.
Unfinished patch by Ian Kelling, 2008 Jul 11. Followup Jul 14, need to have
another look at it.
Patch for c.vim and cpp.vim syntax files. (Chung-chieh Shan, 2008 Nov 26)
c.vim: XXX in a comment is colored yellow, but not when it's after "#if 0".
(Ilya Dogolazky, 2009 Aug 7)
Win32: ":dis +" shows nothing, but "+p does insert text. Problem with "* and
"+ being the same thing?
You can type ":w ++bad=x fname", but the ++bad argument is ignored. Give an
error message? Or is this easy to implement? (Nathan Stratton Treadway, 2008
Aug 20) This is in ucs2bytes(), search for 0xBF. Using the ++bad argument is
at the other match for 0xBF.
Fix for matchparen HL doesn't work. beep.
When adding "-complete=file" to a user command this also changes how the
argument is processed for <f-args>. (Ivan Tishchenko, 2008 Aug 19)
Win32: associating a type with Vim doesn't take care of space after a
backslash? (Robert Vibrant, 2008 Jun 5)
After using <Tab> for command line completion after ":ta blah" and getting E33
(no tags file), further editing the command to e.g., ":echo 'blah'", the
command is not executed. Fix by Ian Kelling?
":help s/~" jumps to *s/\~*, while ":help s/\~" doesn't find anything. (Tim
Chase) Fix by Ian Kelling, 2008 Jul 14.
Use "\U12345678" for 32 bit Unicode characters? (Tony Mechelynck, 2009
Apr 6) Or use "\u(123456)", similar to Perl.
When mapping : to ; and ; to :, @; doesn't work like @: and @: doesn't work
either. Matt Wozniski: nv_at() calls do_execreg() which uses
put_in_typebuf(). Char mapped twice?
8 Some file systems are case-sensitive, some are not. Turn
CASE_INSENSITIVE_FILENAME into an option, at least for completion.
Despite adding save_subexpr() this still doesn't work properly:
Regexp: matchlist('12a4aaa', '^\(.\{-}\)\(\%5c\@<=a\+\)\(.\+\)\?')
Returns ['12a4', 'aaa', '4aaa'], should be ['12a4', 'aaa', '']
Backreference not cleared when retrying after \@<= fails?
(Brett Stahlman, 2008 March 8)
Problem with remote_send(). (Charles Campbell, 2008 Aug 12)
ftplugin for help file should set 'isk' to help file value.
Win32: remote editing fails when the current directory name contains "[".
(Ivan Tishchenko, Liu Yubao) Suggested patch by Chris Lubinski: Avoid
escaping characters where the backslash is not removed later. Asked Chris for
an alternate solution, also for src/ex_getln.c.
This also fails when the file or directory name contains "%". (Thoml, 2008
July 7)
Win32: The "4913" file is sometimes not deleted. Perhaps another program has
opened it? Use FILE_FLAG_DELETE_ON_CLOSE? (Craig Barkhouse, 2009 Nov 6)
The str2special() function doesn't handle multi-byte characters properly.
Patch from Vladimir Vichniakov, 2007 Apr 24.
Should clean up the whole function. Also allow modifiers like <S-Char-32>?
find_special_key() also has this problem.
Problem with 'langmap' being used on the rhs of a mapping. (Nikolai Weibull,
2008 May 14)
Problem with CTRL-F. (Charles Campbell, 2008 March 21)
Only happens with "gvim -geometry "160x26+4+27" -u NONE -U NONE prop.c".
'lines' is 54. (2008 March 27)
Problem with pointer wrapping around in getvcol(). (Wolfgang Kroworsch, 2008
Oct 19) Check for "col" being "MAXCOL" separately?
Unexpectedly inserting a double quote. (Anton Woellert, 2008 Mar 23)
Works OK when 'cmdheight' is 2.
Test54 should not use shell commands. Make it portable.
The utf class table is missing some entries:
0x2212, minus sign
0x2217, star
0x2500, bar
0x26ab, circle
Visual line mode doesn't highlight properly when 'showbreak' is used and the
line doesn't fit. (Dasn, 2008 May 1)
GUI: In Normal mode can't yank the modeless selection. Make "gy" do this?
Works like CTRL-Y in Command line mode.
Mac: Move Carbon todo items to os_mac.txt. Note that this version is frozen,
try the Cocoa version.
Mac: After a ":vsplit" the left scrollbar doesn't appear until 'columns' is
changed or the window is resized.
Mac: Patch for configure: remove arch from ruby link args. (Knezevic, 2008
Mar 5) Alternative: Kazuki Sakamoto, Mar 7.
Mac: trouble compiling with Motif, requires --disable-darwin. (Raf, 2008 Aug
1) Reply by Ben Schmidt.
C't: On utf-8 system, editing file with umlaut through Gnome results in URL
with %nn%nn, which is taken as two characters instead of one.
Try to reproduce at work.
Patch for default choice in file changed dialog. (Bjorn Winckler, 2008 Oct 19)
Is there a way to list all the files first?
When 'smartcase' is set and using CTRL-L to add to the search pattern it may
result in no matches. Convert chars to lower case? (Erik Wognsen, 2009 Apr
Patch for redo register. (Ben Schmidt, 2007 Oct 19)
Await response to question to make the register writable.
src/testdir/Make_dos.mak: not all tests are included, e.g., test49, without a
remark why.
Problem with 'ts' set to 9 and 'showbreak' to ">>>". (Matthew Winn, 2007 Oct
In the swapfile dialog, add a H(elp) option that gives more info about what
each choice does. Similar to ":help swap-exists-choices"
try/catch not working for argument of return. (Matt Wozniski, 2008 Sep 15)
Recognize and ignore BOM in error file. (Aleksey Baibarin)
":tab help" always opens a new tab, while ":help" re-uses an existing window.
Would be more consistent when an existing tab is re-used. (Tony Mechelynck)
":tab drop filename" doesn't work nicely when "filename" is open in a window
in another tab. (Tony Mechelynck, 2009 Feb 13)
Add ":nofold". Range will apply without expanding to closed fold.
Including NFA regexp code:
Use "\%#= to set the engine: 0 = automatic, 1 = backtracking, 2 = new.
Useful in tests.
Performance tests:
- ~/vim/test/veryslow.js (file from Daniel Fetchinson)
- ~/vim/test/slowsearch
- ~/vim/test/rgb.vim
- ~/vim/text/FeiqCfg.xml (file from Netjune)
- search for a.*e*exn in the vim executable. Go to last line to use
Using Aap to build Vim: add remarks about how to set personal preferences.
Example on
Syntax highlighting wrong for transparent region. (Doug Kearns, 2007 Feb 26)
Bug in using a transparent syntax region. (Hanlen in vim-dev maillist, 2007
Jul 31)
C syntax: {} inside () causes following {} to be highlighted as error.
(Michalis Giannakidis, 2006 Jun 1)
Can't easily close the help window, like ":pc" closes the preview window and
":ccl" closes the quickfix window. Add ":hclose". (Chris Gaal)
When 'diffopt' has "context:0" a single deleted line causes two folds to merge
and mess up syncing. (Austin Jennings, 2008 Jan 31)
Gnome improvements: Edward Catmur, 2007 Jan 7
Also use Save/Discard for other GUIs
New PHP syntax file, use it? (Peter Hodge)
'foldcolumn' in modeline applied to wrong window when using a session. (Teemu
Likonen, March 19)
Test 54 uses shell commands, that doesn't work on non-Unix systems. Use some
other way to test buffer-local autocommands.
The documentation mentions the priority for ":2match" and ":3match", but it
appears the last one wins. (John Beckett, 2008 Jul 22) Caused by adding
matchadd()? Suggested patch by John, 2008 Jul 24.
When 'encoding' is utf-8 the command line is redrawn as a whole on every
character typed. (Tyler Spivey, 2008 Sep 3) Only redraw cmdline for
'arabicshape' when there is a character on the command line for which
Replace ccomplete.vim by cppcomplete.vim from script 1520
by Vissale Neang. (Martin Stubenschrott)
Asked Vissale to make the scripts more friendly for the Vim distribution.
New version received 2008 Jan 6.
Cheng Fang made javacomplete. (2007 Aug 11)
Asked about latest version: 0.77.1 is on
More AmigaOS4 patches. (Peter Bengtsson, Nov 9)
Insert mode completion: When editing the text and pressing CTRL-N again goes
back to originally completed text, edited text is gone. (Peng Yu, 2008 Jul 24)
Suggestion by Ben Schmidt, 2008 Aug 6.
Problem with compound words? (Bert, 2008 May 6)
No warning for when flags are defined after they are used in an affix.
Screen redrawing when continuously updating the buffer and resizing the
terminal. (Yakov Lerner, 2006 Sept 7)
Add option settings to help ftplugin. (David Eggum, 2006 Dec 18)
Autoconf problem: when checking for iconv library we may add -L/usr/local/lib,
but when compiling further tests -liconv is added without the -L argument,
that may fail (e.g., sizeof(int)). (Blaine, 2007 Aug 21)
When opening quickfix window, disable spell checking?
Problem with ".add" files when using two languages and restarting Vim. (Raul
Coronado, 2008 Oct 30)
Popup menu redraw: Instead of first redrawing the text and then drawing the
popup menu over it, first draw the new popup menu, remember its position and
size and then redraw the text, skipping the characters under the popup menu.
This should avoid flicker. Other solution by A.Politz, 2007 Aug 22.
When the popup menu is close to the edge of the window it is truncated. Patch
to anchor the popup menu in a different way. (James Vega, 2008 Jul 30)
Windows 98: pasting from the clipboard with text from another application has
a trailing NUL. (Joachim Hofmann) Perhaps the length specified for CF_TEXT
isn't right?
When a register contains illegal bytes, writing viminfo in utf-8 and reading
it back doesn't result in utf-8. (Devin Bayer)
Command line completion: Scanning for tags doesn't check for typed key now and
then? Hangs for about 5 seconds. Appears to be caused by finding include
files with "foo/**" in 'path'. (Kalisiak, 2006 July 15)
Additional info: When using the |wildcards| ** globing, vim hangs
indefinitely on lots of directories. The |file-searching| globing, like in
":set path=/**" does not hang as often as with globing with |wildcards|, like
in ":1find /**/file". This is for a files that unix "find" can find very
quick. Merging the 2 kinds of globing might make this an easier fix. (Ian
Kelling, 2008 July 4)
When the file name has parenthesis, e.g., "foo (bar).txt", ":!ls '%'" has the
parenthesis escaped but not the space. That's inconsistent. Either escape
neither or both. No escaping might be best, because it doesn't depend on
particularities of the shell. (Zvi Har'El, 2007 Nov 10) (Teemu Likonen, 2008
Jun 3)
However, for backwards compatibility escaping might be necessary. Check if
the user put quotes around the expanded item?
Error E324 can be given when a cron script has wiped out our temp directory.
Give a clear error message about this (and tell them not to wipe out /tmp).
Color for cUserLabel should differ from case label, so that a mistake in a
switch list is noticed:
switch (i)
case 1:
Look at . It has a Vim script implementation.
Netbeans problem. Use "nc -l 55555" for the server, then run gvim
with "gvim -nb:localhost:55555:foo". From nc do: '1:editFile!0 "foo"'. Then
go to Insert mode and add a few lines. Then backspacing every other time
moves the cursor instead of deleting. (Chris Kaiser, 2007 Sep 25)
Changes for Win32 makefile. (Mike Williams, 2007 Jan 22, Alexei Alexandrov,
2007 Feb 8)
Patch for Win32 clipboard under Cygwin. (Frodak Baksik, Feb 15)
Sutcliffe says it works well.
Update 2007 May 22 for Vim 7.1
Update 2008 Dec 2008 for Vim 7.2.xx (Sharonov)
Win32: Can't complete shell command names. Why is setting xp_context in
set_one_cmd_context() inside #ifndef BACKSLASH_IN_FILENAME?
Win32: Patch for convert_filterW(). (Taro Muraoka, 2007 Mar 2)
Win32: Patch for cscope external command. (Mike Williams, 2007 Aug 7)
Win32: XPM support only works with path without spaces. Patch by Mathias
Michaelis, 2006 Jun 9. Another patch for more path names, 2006 May 31.
New version: (also for other
patches by Mathias, see mail Feb 22)
Win32: compiling with normal features and OLE fails. Patch by Mathias
Michaelis, 2006 Jun 4.
Win32: echo doesn't work for gvim.exe.mnf. Use inline file. Patch by Mathias
Patch that includes this and does more by George Reilly, 2007 Feb 12
Win16: include patches to make Win16 version work. (Vince Negri, 2006 May 22)
Win32: after "[I" showing matches, scroll wheel messes up screen. (Tsakiridis,
2007 Feb 18)
Patch by Alex Dobrynin, 2007 Jun 3. Also fixes other scroll wheel problems.
Win32: using CTRL-S in Insert mode doesn't remove the "+" from the tab pages
label. (Tsakiridis, 2007 Feb 18) Patch from Ian Kelling, 2008 Aug 6.
Win32: using "gvim --remote-tab-silent fname" sometimes gives an empty screen
with the more prompt. Caused by setting the guitablabel? (Thomas Michael
Engelke, 2007 Dec 20 - 2008 Jan 17)
Win64: diff.exe crashes on Win64. (Julianne Bailey, 2006 Dec 12)
Build another diff.exe somehow?
Win64: Seek error in swap file for a very big file (3 Gbyte). Check storing
pointer in long and seek offset in 64 bit var.
Win32: patch for fullscreen mode. (Liushaolin, 2008 April 17)
Win32: When 'shell' is cmd.exe this command fails:
echo system('"c:/path/echo.exe" "foo bar"')
Should we set the default for 'shellxquote' to a double quote, when 'shell'
contains "cmd" in the tail? (Benjamin Fritz, 2008 Oct 13)
Also set 'shellcmdflag' to include /s.
Win32: When there is 4 Gbyte of memory mch_avail_mem() doesn't work properly.
Unfinished patch by Jelle Geerts, 2008 Aug 24.
Let mch_avail_mem() return Kbyte instead?
Win32: With two monitors, gvim partly on both, and adding/removing a scrollbar
Vim resizes and moves to one of the monitors. (Chris Monkiewicz, 2008 Oct)
Win32: When 'shell' is bash shellescape() doesn't always do the right thing.
Depends on 'shellslash', 'shellquote' and 'shellxquote', but shellescape()
only takes 'shellslash' into account.
Pressing the 'pastetoggle' key doesn't update the statusline. (Jan Christoph
Ebersbach, 2008 Feb 1)
Menu item that does "xxd -r" doesn't work when 'fileencoding' is utf-16.
Check for this and use iconv? (Edward L. Fox, 2007 Sep 12)
Does the conversion in the other direction work when 'filenecodings' is set
Cursor displayed in the wrong position when using 'numberwidth'. (James Vega,
2007 Jun 21)
When $VAR contains a backslash expand('$VAR') removes it. (Teemu Likonen, 2008
Jun 18)
If the variable "g:x#y#z" exists completion after ":echo g:x#" doesn't work.
Feature request: Command to go to previous tab, like what CTRL-W p does for
windows. (Adam George)
When using input() in a loop and then ":echo" the display column isn't right.
(Benjamin Fritz, 2008 Aug 28) Patch by Ben Schmidt, 2008 Sep 2.
F1 - F4 in an xterm produce a different escape sequence when used with a
modifier key. Need to catch three different sequences. Use K_ZF1, like
K_ZHOME? (Dickey, 2007 Dec 2)
UTF-8: mapping a multi-byte key where the second byte is 0x80 doesn't appear
to work. (Tony Mechelynck, 2007 March 2)
In debug mode, using CTRL-R = to evaluate a function causes stepping through
the function. (Hari Krishna Dara, 2006 Jun 28)
C++ indenting wrong with "=". (James Kanze, 2007 Jan 26)
":lockvar" should use copyID to avoid endless loop.
When using --remote-silent and the file name matches 'wildignore' get an E479
error. without --remote-silent it works fine. (Ben Fritz, 2008 Jun 20)
Gvim: dialog for closing Vim should check if Vim is busy writing a file. Then
use a different dialog: "busy saving, really quit? yes / no".
Check other interfaces for changing curbuf in a wrong way. Patch like for
":helpgrep" should use the directory from 'helpfile'.
Patch to dynamically load Python on Solaris. (Danek Duvall, 2009 Feb 16)
Needs more work.
The need_fileinfo flag is messy. Instead make the message right away and put
it in keep_msg?
Editing a file remotely that matches 'wildignore' results in a "no match"
error. Should only happen when there are wildcards, not when giving the file
name literally, and esp. if there is only one name.
Test 61 fails sometimes. This is a timing problem: "sleep 2" sometimes takes
longer than 2 seconds.
Using ":au CursorMoved * cmd" invokes mch_FullName(), which can be slow.
Can this be avoided? (Thomas Waba, 2008 Aug 24)
Also for ":w" without a file name.
The buffer has the full path in ffname, should pass this to the autocommand.
"vim -C" often has 'nocompatible', because it's set in some startup script.
Set 'compatible' after startup is done? Patch by James Vega, 2008 Feb 7.
VMS: while editing a file found in complex, Vim will save file into the first
directory of the path and not to the original location of the file.
(Zoltan Arpadffy)
VMS: VFC files are in some cases truncated during reading (Zoltan Arpadffy)
input() completion should not insert a backslash to escape a space in a file
getpos()/setpos() don't include curswant. getpos() could return a fifth
element. setpos() could accept an optional fifth element.
Ruby completion is insecure. Can this be fixed?
When 'backupskip' is set from $TEMP special characters need to be escaped.
(patch by Grembowietz, 2007 Feb 26, not quite right)
Another problem is that file_pat_to_reg_pat() doesn't recognize "\\", so "\\("
will be seen as a path separator plus "\(".
gvim d:\path\path\(FILE).xml should not remove the \ before the (.
This also fails with --remote.
When doing ":quit" the Netbeans "killed" event isn't sent. (Xavier de Gaye,
2008 Nov 10) call netbeans_file_closed() at the end of buf_freeall(), or in
all places where buf_freeall() is called?
":python os.chdir('/tmp')" makes short buffer names invalid. (Xavier de Gaye)
Check directory and call shorten_fnames()?
aucmd_prepbuf() should also use a window in another tab page.
When unloading a buffer in a BufHidden autocommand the hidden flag is reset?
(Bob Hiestand, 2008 Aug 26, Aug 27)
Substituting an area with a line break with almost the same area does change
the Visual area. Can this be fixed? (James Vega, 2006 Sept 15)
Windows installer could add a "open in new tab of existing Vim" menu entry.
Gvimext: patch to add "Edit with single Vim &tabbed" menu entry.
Just have two choices, always using one Vim and selecting between using an
argument list or opening each file in a separate tab.
(Erik Falor, 2008 May 21, 2008 Jun 26)
GUI: When combining fg en bg make sure they are not equal.
Spell checking: Add a way to specify punctuation characters. Add the
superscript numbers by default: 0x2070, 0xb9, 0xb2, 0xb3, 0x2074 - 0x2079.
Spell checking in popup menu: If the only problem is the case of the first
character, don't offer "ignore" and "add to word list".
Use different pt_br dictionary for spell checking. (Jackson A. Aquino, 2006
Jun 5)
Use different romanian dictionary for spell checking. (Andrei Popescu, Nov
2008) Use
Or the hunspell-ro.3.2.tar.gz file, it also has a iso-8859-2 list.
In a C file with spell checking, in "% integer" "nteger" is seen as an error,
but "]s" doesn't find it. "nteger" by itself is found. (Ralf Wildenhues, 2008
Jul 22)
There should be something about spell checking in the user manual.
Spell menu: When using the Popup menu to select a replacement word,
":spellrepeat" doesn't work. SpellReplace() uses setline(). Can it use "z="
somehow? Or use a new function.
Mac: Using gvim: netrw window disappears. (Nick Lo, 2006 Jun 21)
Mac: OS/X 10.4 with Python 2.5 installed: configure finds an extra argument
that breaks the build. (Brian Victor, 2008 Sep 1)
Add an option to specify the character to use when a double-width character is
moved to the next line. Default '>', set to a space to blank it out. Check
that char is single width when it's set (compare with 'listchars').
The generated vim.bat can avoid the loop for NT. (Carl Zmola, 2006 Sep 3)
Session file creation: 'autochdir' causes trouble. Keep it off until after
loading all files.
Win32: When 'autochdir' is on and 'encoding' is changed, files on the command
line are opened again, but from the wrong directory. Apply 'autochdir' only
after starting up?
When showing a diff between a non-existent file and an existing one, with the
cursor in the empty buffer, the other buffer only shows the last line. Change
the "insert" into a change from one line to many? (Yakov Lerner, 2008 May 27)
Add autocommand for when a tabpage is being closed. Also for when a tab page
has been created.
Using ":make" blocks Vim. Allow running one make in the background (if the
shell supports it), catch errors in a file and update the error list on the
fly. A bit like "!make > file&" and repeating ":cf file". ":bgmake",
background make. ":bgcancel" interrupts it.
A.Politz may work on this.
These two abbreviations don't give the same result:
let asdfasdf = "xyz\<Left>"
cabbr XXX <C-R>=asdfasdf<CR>
cabbr YYY xyz<Left>
Michael Dietrich: maximized gvim sometimes displays output of external command
partly. (2006 Dec 7)
In FileChangedShell command it's no longer allowed to switch to another
buffer. But the changed buffer may differ from the current buffer, how to
reload it then?
New syntax files for fstab and resolv from Radu Dineiu, David Necas did
previous version.
For Aap: include a config.arg.example file with hints how to use config.arg.
Command line completion when 'cmdheight' is maximum and 'wildmenu' is set,
only one buffer line displayed, causes display errors.
Completing with 'wildmenu' and using <Up> and <Down> to move through directory
tree stops unexpectedly when using ":cd " and entering a directory that
doesn't contain other directories.
Linux distributions:
- Suggest compiling xterm with --enable-tcap-query, so that nr of colors is
known to Vim. 88 colors instead of 16 works better. See ":help
- Suggest including bare "vi" and "vim" with X11, syntax, etc.
Completion menu: For a wrapping line, completing a long file name, only the
start of the path is shown in the menu. Should move the menu to the right to
show more text of the completions. Shorten the items that don't fit in the
When running inside screen it's possible to kill the X server and restart it
(using pty's the program can keep on running). Vim dies because it loses the
connection to the X server. Can Vim simply quit using the X server instead of
dying? Also relevant when running in a console.
Accessing file#var in a function should not need the g: prepended.
When exiting detects a modified buffer, instead of opening the buffer in the
current tab, use an existing tab, if possible. Like finding a window where
the buffer is displayed. (Antonios Tsakiridis)
When ":cn" moves to an error in the same line the message isn't shortened.
Only skip shortening for ":cc"?
Write "making vim work better" for the docs (mostly pointers): *nice*
- sourcing $VIMRUNTIME/vimrc_example.vim
- setting 'mouse' to "a"
- getting colors in xterm
- compiling Vim with X11, GUI, etc.
Problem with ":call" and dictionary function. Hari Krishna Dara, Charles
Campbell 2006 Jul 06.
Syntax HL error caused by "containedin". (Peter Hodge, 2006 Oct 6)
A custom completion function in a ":command" cannot be a Funcref. (Andy
Wokula, 2007 Aug 25)
Problem with using :redir in user command completion function? (Hari Krishna
Dara, 2006 June 21)
Another resizing problem when setting 'columns' and 'lines' to a very large
number. (Tony Mechelynck, 2007 Feb 6)
After starting Vim, using '0 to jump somewhere in a file, ":sp" doesn't center
the cursor line. It works OK after some other commands.
Win32: Is it possible to have both postscript and Win32 printing?
Does multi-byte printing with ":hardcopy" work? Add remark in documentation
about this.
Check: Running Vim in a console and still having connect to the X server for
copy/paste: is stopping the X server handled gracefully? Should catch the X
error and stop using the connection to the server.
Problem with 'cdpath' on MS-Windows when a directory is equal to $HOME. (2006
Jul 26, Gary Johnson)
Using UTF-8 character with ":command" does not work properly. (Matt Wozniski,
2008 Sep 29)
In the Netbeans interface add a "vimeval" function, so that the other side can
check the result of has("patch13").
Cursor line at bottom of window instead of halfway after saving view and
restoring. Only with 'nowrap'. (Robert Webb, 2008 Aug 25)
Add command modifier that skips wildcard expansion, so that you don't need to
put backslashes before special chars, only for white space.
Syntax HL: open two windows on the same C code, delete a ")" in one window,
resulting in highlighted "{" in that window, not in the other.
In mswin.vim: Instead of mapping <C-V> for Insert mode in a complicated way,
can it be done like ":imap <C-V> <MiddleMouse>" without negative side effects?
Win32: When the GUI tab pages line is displayed Vim jumps from the secondary
to the primary monitor. (Afton Lewis, 2007 Mar 9) Old resizing problem?
GTK: when the Tab pages bar appears or disappears while the window is
maximized the window is no longer maximized. Patch that has some idea but
doesn't work from Geoffrey Antos, 2008 May 5.
Also: the window may no longer fit on the screen, thus the command line is not
GTK: when setting 'columns' in a startup script and doing ":vertical diffsplit"
the window isn't redrawn properly, see two vertical bars.
GTK: file chooser is disabled. Patch by Tim Starling, 2009 Nov 13.
The magic clipboard format "VimClipboard2" appears in several places. Should
be only one.
"vim -C" often has 'nocompatible', because it's set somewhere in a startup
script. Do "set compatible" after startup?
It's difficult to debug numbered functions (function in a Dictionary). Print
the function name before resolving it to a number?
let d = {}
echo "here"
Add a mark for the other end of the Visual area (VIsual pos). '< and '> are
only set after Visual moded is ended.
Also add a variable for the Visual mode. So that this mode and '< '> can be
used to set what "gv" selects. (Ben Schmidt)
Win32: When running ":make" and 'encoding' differs from the system locale, the
output should be converted. Esp. when 'encoding' is "utf-8". (Yongwei Wu)
Should we use 'termencoding' for this?
Win32, NTFS: When editing an specific infostream directly and 'backupcopy' is
"auto" should detect this situation and work like 'backupcopy' is "yes". File
name is something like "c:\path\foo.txt:bar", includes a colon. (Alex
Jakushev, 2008 Feb 1)
Small problem displaying diff filler line when opening windows with a script.
(David Luyer, 2007 Mar 1 ~/Mail/oldmail/mool/in.15872 )
Is it allowed that 'backupext' is empty? Problems when backup is in same dir
as original file? If it's OK don't compare with 'patchmode'. (Thierry Closen)
Patch for supporting count before CR in quickfix window. (AOYAMA Shotaro, 2007
Jan 1)
Patch for adding ":lscscope". (Navdeep Parhar, 2007 Apr 26; update 2008 Apr
":mkview" isn't called with the right buffer argument. Happens when using
tabs and the autocommand "autocmd BufWinLeave * mkview". (James Vega, 2007
Jun 18)
xterm should be able to pass focus changes to Vim, so that Vim can check for
buffers that changed. Perhaps in misc.c, function selectwindow().
Xterm 224 supports it!
When completing from another file that uses a different encoding completion
text has the wrong encoding. E.g., when 'encoding' is utf-8 and file is
latin1. Example from Gombault Damien, 2007 Mar 24.
Is it possible to use "foo#var" instead of "g:foo#var" inside a function?
Syntax HL: When using "nextgroup" and the group has an empty match, there is
no search at that position for another match. (Lukas Mai, 2008 April 11)
In gvim the backspace key produces a backspace character, but on Linux the
VERASE key is Delete. Set VERASE to Backspace? (patch by Stephane Chazelas,
2007 Oct 16)
When entering a C /* comment, after typing <Enter> for 70 times the indent
disappears. (Vincent Beffara, 2008 Jul 3)
TermResponse autocommand isn't always triggered when using vimdiff. (Aron
Griffis, 2007 Sep 19)
Create a gvimtutor.1 file and change Makefiles to install it.
When 'encoding' is utf-8 typing text at the end of the line causes previously
typed characters to be redrawn. Caused by patch 7.1.329. (Tyler Spivey, 2008
Sep 3, 11)
When Vim in an xterm owns the selection and the user does ":shell" Vim doesn't
respond to selection requests. Invoking XtDisownSelection() before executing
the shell doesn't help. Would require forking and doing a message loop, like
what happens for the GUI.
X11: Putting more than about 262040 characters of text on the clipboard and
pasting it in another Vim doesn't work. (Dominique Pelle, 2008 Aug 21-23)
clip_x11_request_selection_cb() is called with zero value and length.
Also: Get an error message from free() in the process that owns the selection.
Seems to happen when the selection is requested the second time, but before
clip_x11_convert_selection_cb() is invoked, thus in X library code.
Add 'lazysize' option: Above this size Vim doesn't load everything before
starting to edit a file. Things like 'fileencodings' only work up to this
size, modelines only work at the top. Useful for large log files where you
only want to look at the first few pages. Use zero to disable it.
":vimgrep" does not recognize a recursive symlink. Is it possible to detect
this, at least for Unix (using device/inode)?
When switching between windows the cursor is often put in the middle.
Remember the relative position and restore that, just like lnum and col are
restored. (Luc St-Louis)
Vim 7.3:
- using NSIS 2.46: install on Windows 7 works, but no "Edit with Vim" menu.
Use register_shell_extension()? (George Reilly, 2010 May 26)
Ron's version:
- Update for crypt code to use salt. (Mohsin May 30)
Make the strengthen_key value 10000, equivalent to crypting 10 Kbyte of
- Also crypt the swap file, each block separately. Change mf_write() and
- How to get b_p_key to these functions? -> Store buf_T pointer in mfp.
- Generate a seed for the swapfile, put it in block 0.
- For each block, use password + seed + byte offset to crypt/decrypt.
- When changing the password need to read back with the old password and
write again with the new one.
- Fill the gaps in the block with random bytes, otherwise it's easy to
check for correct password by finding NUL bytes.
- Verify recovery works.
- undofile: keep markers where the file was written/read, so that it's easy to
go back to a saved version of the file: ":earlier 1f" (f for file)?
Also add ":earlier 1d" (d for day).
Something like changenr() to see the "file saved" marker?
Show "file saved" marker in :undolist
Function to get undo tree: undotree(). List of lists. Each entry is a
dictionary: {'nr': 2, 'time': 1234, 'saved': 1}
- Remove support for GTK 1?
Patches to include:
- Patch for Lisp support with ECL (Mikael Jansson, 2008 Oct 25)
- Minor patches from Dominique Pelle, 2010 May 15
- Gvimext patch to support wide file names. (Szabolcs Horvat 2008 Sep 10)
- Patch to support netbeans for Mac. (Kazuki Sakamoto, 2009 Jun 25)
- Patch to support clipboard for Mac terminal. (Jjgod Jiang, 2009 Aug 1)
- Patch to support :browse for more commands. (Lech Lorens, 2009 Jul 18)
- Patch to improve javascript indenting. (Hari Kumar G, 2010 May 22)
- Patch to add diff functionality to 2html.vim. (Christian Brabandt, 2009 Dec
- Win32: patch for better font scaling. (George Reilly, 2009 Mar 26)
- Patch for completion of ":find" arguments. (Nazri Ramliy, 2009 Feb 22, 26)
8 For ":find" and ":sfind" expand files found in 'path'.
Update 2009 Mar 28.
- Patch for vertical line at certain column position, 'guidecolumn' option.
(Pankaj Garg, 2009 Apr 14, aka Lone, Apr 15)
Update 2009 May 2, 'margincolumn'
Alternative patch. (2010 Feb 2, Gregor Uhlenheuer, update Apr 18 2010)
Fix by Lech Lorens, Apr 19
- Add different highlighting for a fold line depending on the fold level.
Patch. (Noel Henson, 2009 Sep 13)
- Patch to make synIDattr() work for GUI attributes in Vim without GUI
feature. (Matt Wozniski, 2009 Apr 15)
Patch go make gui highlight settings work in Vim without +gui feature.
(Matt Wozniski, 2009 Mar 27)
- Patch for supporting #rrggbb in color terminals. (Matt Wozniski)
6 In the quickfix window statusline add the command used to get the list of
errors, e.g. ":make foo", ":grep something *.c".
Patch by Lech Lorens, 2009 Mar 23.
Comments from Andreas Bernauer 24th, Dominique Pelle 24th
Docs patch by Dominique Pelle, Mar 25
Update 2009 Mar 28.
Fix for invalid memory access. (Lech Lorens, 2009 Apr 17)
- Make do_do_join() work faster. Could at least do a binary search way of
doing this. Hint from Dominique Pelle, Dec 10; Lee Naish, Dec 11.
Patch from Milan Vancura, 2010 May 16.
- Fix for test29. (Milan Vancura, 2010 May 16)
- Disable setting 'encoding' from a modeline? It usually causes problems,
can't do any good. (Patch from Patrick Texier, 2008 Dec 9)
- Redraw problem when appending digraph causes line to wrap. (James Vega, 2007
Sep 18) Patch by Ian Kelling, 2008 Aug 8.
- Patch for colorscheme submenu. (Juergen Kraemer, 2008 Aug 20)
- 9 Make it possible to drag a tab page label to another position with the
Patch by Paul B. Mahol, 2008 Aug 29.
- Mac: Patch to disable antialias. (LC Mi, 2008 Aug 23) Tested on 10.5 and
- Patch for adding "J" flag to 'cinoptions': placement of jump label. (Manuel
Konig, 2010 Feb 19) Update by Lech Lorens, Feb 22.
- Add Lua interface? (Wolfgang Oertl) patch by Luis Carvalho, 2008 Sep 5
Patch for Make_ming.mak from Paul Moore (2008 Sep 1) Download vim72-lua-0.7.patch.gz
Needs some work:
- Have a look at patch to enable screen access from Python. (Marko Mahnic,
2010 Apr 12)
- Patch for Python 3 support. (Roland Puntaier, 2009 Sep 22)
Includes changes for omnicompletion.
Needs some more testing.
Update 2010 Apr 20, patch by Andy Kittner, May 16
Build the MS-Windows version with Python 2.6.5 and 3.1.2?
- Easier/standard way to disable default plugins.
- ":{range}source": source the lines from the current file.
You can already yank lines and use :@" to execute them.
Most of do_source() would not be used, need a new function.
It's easy when not doing breakpoints or profiling.
Probably not now:
- Use timestamps for undo, so that a version a certain time ago can be found
and info before some time/date can be flushed. 'undopersist' gives maximum
time to keep undo: "3h", "1d", "2w", "1y", etc.
Before (beta) release:
- Add fixes for 7.2 to version7.txt
- Rename vim73 branch to default (hints: Xavier de Gaye, 2010 May 23)
More patches:
- Add 'cscopeignorecase' option. (Liang Wenzhi, 2006 Sept 3)
- Argument for feedkeys() to prepend to typeahead (Yakov Lerner, 2006 Oct
- Load intl.dll too, not only libintl.dll. (Mike Williams, 2006 May 9, docs
patch May 10)
- Extra argument to strtrans() to translate special keys to their name (Eric
Arnold, 2006 May 22)
- 'threglookexp' option: only match with first word in thesaurus file.
(Jakson A. Aquino, 2006 Jun 14)
- Mac: indicate whether a buffer was modified. (Nicolas Weber, 2006 Jun 30)
- Allow negative 'nrwidth' for left aligning. (Nathan Laredo, 2006 Aug 16)
- ml_append_string(): efficiently append to an existing line. (Brad
Beveridge, 2006 Aug 26) Use in some situations, e.g., when pasting a
character at a time?
- recognize hex numbers better. (Mark Manning, 2006 Sep 13)
- Add <AbbrExpand> key, to expand an abbreviation in a mapping. (Kana
Natsuno, 2008 Jul 17)
- Add 'wspara' option, also accept blank lines like empty lines for "{" and
"}". (Mark Lundquist, 2008 Jul 18)
- Patch to add CTRL-T to delete part of a path on cmdline. (Adek, 2008 Jul
- Instead of creating a copy of the tutor in all the shell scripts, do it in
vimtutor.vim. (Jan Minar, 2008 Jul 20)
- When fsync() fails there is no hint about what went wrong. Patch by Ben
Schmidt, 2008 Jul 22.
- testdir/Make_dos_sh.mak for running tests with MingW. (Bill Mccarthy, 2008
Sep 13)
- Patch for adding "space" item in 'listchars'. (Jérémie Roquet, 2009 Oct 29,
Docs patch Oct 30)
Awaiting updated patches:
9 Mac unicode patch (Da Woon Jung, Eckehard Berns):
8 Add patch from Muraoka Taro (Mar 16) to support input method on Mac?
New patch 2004 Jun 16
- selecting proportional font breaks display
- UTF-8 text causes display problems. Font replacement causes this.
- Command-key mappings do not work. (Alan Schmitt)
- With 'nopaste' pasting is wrong, with 'paste' Command-V doesn't work.
(Alan Schmitt)
- remove 'macatsui' option when this has been fixed.
- when 'macatsui' is off should we always convert to "macroman" and ignore
9 HTML indenting can be slow. Caused by using searchpair(). Can search()
be used instead? A.Politz is looking into a solution.
8 Win32: Add minidump generation. (George Reilly, 2006 Apr 24)
8 Add ":n" to fnamemodify(): normalize path, remove "../" when possible.
Aric Blumer has a patch for this. He will update the patch for 6.3.
7 Completion of network shares, patch by Yasuhiro Matsumoto.
Update 2004 Sep 6.
How does this work? Missing comments.
- Patch for 'breakindent' option: repeat indent for wrapped line. (Vaclav
Smilauer, 2004 Sep 13, fix Oct 31, update 2007 May 30)
Version for latest MacVim: Tobia Conforto, 2009 Nov 23
8 Add a few more command names to the menus. Patch from Jiri Brezina
(28 feb 2002). Will mess the translations...
7 ATTENTION dialog choices are more logical when "Delete it' appears
before "Quit". Patch by Robert Webb, 2004 May 3.
- Include flipcase patch: ~/vim/patches/wall.flipcase2 ? Make it work
for multi-byte characters.
- Win32: add options to print dialog. Patch from Vipin Aravind.
- Patch to add highlighting for whitespace. (Tom Schumm, 2003 Jul 5)
use the patch that keeps using HLF_8 if HLF_WS has not
been given values.
Add section in help files for these highlight groups?
8 "fg" and "bg" don't work in an xterm. Get default colors from xterm
with an ESC sequence.
xterm can send colors for many things. E.g. for the cursor:
Can use this to get the background color and restore the colors on exit.
7 Add "DefaultFG" and "DefaultBG" for the colors of the menu. (Marcin
Dalecki has a patch for Motif and Carbon)
- Add possibility to highlight specific columns (for Fortran). Or put a
line in between columns (e.g., for 'textwidth').
Patch to add 'hlcolumn' from Vit Stradal, 2004 May 20.
8 Add functions:
gettext() Translate a message. (Patch from Yasuhiro Matsumoto)
Update 2004 Sep 10
Another patch from Edward L. Fox (2005 Nov 24)
Search in 'runtimepath'?
More docs needed about how to use this.
How to get the messages into the .po files?
charlen() Like strlen() but counting characters instead of
confirm() add "flags" argument, with 'v' for vertical
layout and 'c' for console dialog. (Haegg)
Flemming Madsen has a patch for the 'c' flag
(2003 May 13)
raisewin() raise gvim window (see HierAssist patch for
Tcl implementation ~/vim/HierAssist/ )
taglist() add argument to specify maximum number of matches.
useful for interactive things or completion.
col('^') column of first non-white character.
Can use "len(substitute(getline('.'), '\S.*', '', ''))
+ 1", but that's ugly.
7 Add patch from Benoit Cerrina to integrate Vim and Perl functions
better. Now also works for Ruby (2001 Nov 10)
- Patch from Herculano de Lima Einloft Neto for better formatting of the
quickfix window (2004 dec 2)
7 When 'rightleft' is set, the search pattern should be displayed right
to left as well? See patch of Dec 26. (Nadim Shaikli)
8 Option to lock all used memory so that it doesn't get swapped to disk
(uncrypted). Patch by Jason Holt, 2003 May 23. Uses mlock.
7 Add ! register, for shell commands. (patch from Grenie)
8 In the gzip plugin, also recognize *.gz.orig, *.gz.bak, etc. Like it's
done for filetype detection. Patch from Walter Briscoe, 2003 Jul 1.
7 Add a "-@ filelist" argument: read file names from a file. (David
Kotchan has a patch for it)
8 Include a connection to an external program through a pipe? See
patches from Felbinger for a mathematica interface.
Or use emacs server kind of thing?
7 Add ":justify" command. Patch from Vit Stradal 2002 Nov 25.
- findmatch() should be adjusted for Lisp. See remark at
get_lisp_indent(). Esp. \( and \) should be skipped. (Dorai Sitaram,
incomplete patch Mar 18)
- For GUI Find/Replace dialog support using a regexp. Patch for Motif
and GTK by degreneir (nov 10 and nov 18).
- Patch for "paranoid mode" by Kevin Collins, March 7. Needs much more work.
Vi incompatibility:
- Try new POSIX tests, made after my comments. (Geoff Clare, 2005 April 7)
Version 1.5 is in ~/src/posix/1.5. (Lynne Canal)
8 With undo/redo only marks in the changed lines should be changed. Other
marks should be kept. Vi keeps each mark at the same text, even when it
is deleted or restored. (Webb)
Also: A mark is lost after: make change, undo, redo and undo.
Example: "{d''" then "u" then "d''": deletes an extra line, because the ''
position is one line down. (Veselinovic)
8 When stdin is not a tty, and Vim reads commands from it, an error should
make Vim exit.
7 Unix Vim (not gvim): Typing CTRL-C in Ex mode should finish the line
(currently you can continue typing, but it's truncated later anyway).
Requires a way to make CTRL-C interrupt select() when in cooked input.
8 When loading a file in the .exrc, Vi loads the argument anyway. Vim skips
loading the argument if there is a file already. When no file argument
given, Vi starts with an empty buffer, Vim keeps the loaded file. (Bearded)
6 In Insert mode, when using <BS> or <Del>, don't wipe out the text, but
only move back the cursor. Behaves like '$' in 'cpoptions'. Use a flag
in 'cpoptions' to switch this on/off.
8 When editing a file which is a symbolic link, and then opening another
symbolic link on the same file, Vim uses the name of the first one.
Adjust the file name in the buffer to the last one used? Use several file
names in one buffer???
Also: When first editing file "test", which is symlink to "test2", and
then editing "test2", you end up editing buffer "test" again. It's not
logical that the name that was first used sticks with the buffer.
7 The ":undo" command works differently in Ex mode. Edit a file, make some
changes, "Q", "undo" and _all_ changes are undone, like the ":visual"
command was one command.
On the other hand, an ":undo" command in an Ex script only undoes the last
change (e.g., use two :append commands, then :undo).
7 The ":map" command output overwrites the command. Perhaps it should keep
the ":map" when it's used without arguments?
7 CTRL-L is not the end of a section? It is for Posix! Make it an option.
7 Implement 'prompt' option. Init to off when stdin is not a tty.
7 CTRL-T in Insert mode inserts 'shiftwidth' of spaces at the cursor. Add a
flag in 'cpoptions' for this.
7 Add a way to send an email for a crashed edit session. Create a file when
making changes (containing name of the swap file), delete it when writing
the file. Supply a program that can check for crashed sessions (either
all, for a system startup, or for one user, for in a .login file).
7 Vi doesn't do autoindenting when input is not from a tty (in Ex mode).
7 "z3<CR>" should still use the whole window, but only redisplay 3 lines.
7 ":tag xx" should move the cursor to the first non-blank. Or should it go
to the match with the tag? Option?
7 Implement 'autoprint'/'ap' option.
7 Add flag in 'cpoptions' that makes <BS> after a count work like <Del>
7 Add flag in 'cpoptions' that makes operator (yank, filter) not move the
cursor, at least when cancelled. (default Vi compatible).
7 This Vi-trick doesn't work: "Q" to go to Ex mode, then "g/pattern/visual".
In Vi you can edit in visual mode, and when doing "Q" you jump to the next
match. Nvi can do it too.
7 Support '\' for line continuation in Ex mode for these commands: (Luebking)
g/./a\ g/pattern1/ s/pattern2/rep1\\
line 1\ line 2\\
line 2\ line 3\\
. line4/
6 ":e /tmp/$tty" doesn't work. ":e $uid" does. Is $tty not set because of
the way the shell is started?
6 Vi compatibility (optional): make "ia<CR><ESC>10." do the same strange
thing. (only repeat insert for the first line).
GTK+ 1 (OK in GTK 2):
8 When using "gvim -geom 40x30" or setting 'columns' in .gvimrc or with a
GUIEnter autocommand, the width is still set to fit the toolbar. Also
happens when changing the font. How to avoid that the toolbar specifies
the minimal window width?
8 When using a theme with different scrollbars (gtkstep), the scrollbars can
be too narrow. (Drazen Kacar)
8 Font "7x14" has a bold version "7x14bold". Try to find the bold font by
appending "bold" when there are not 14 dashes.
GTK+ GUI known bugs:
9 Crash with X command server over ssh. (Ciaran McCreesh, 2006 Feb 6)
8 GTK 2: Combining UTF-8 characters not displayed properly in menus (Mikolaj
Machowski) They are displayed as separate characters. Problem in
creating a label?
8 GTK 2: Combining UTF-8 characters are sometimes not drawn properly.
Depends on the font size, "monospace 13" has the problem. Vim seems to do
everything right, must be a GTK bug. Is there a way to work around it?
9 Can't paste a Visual selection from GTK-gvim to vim in xterm or Motif gvim
when it is longer than 4000 characters. Works OK from gvim to gvim and
vim to vim. Pasting through xterm (using the shift key) also works.
It starts working after GTK gvim loses the selection and gains it again.
- Gnome2: When moving the toolbar out of the dock, so that it becomes
floating, it can no longer be moved. Therefore making it float has been
blocked for now.
Win32 GUI known bugs:
- Win32: tearoff menu window should have a scrollbar when it's taller than
the screen.
8 non-ASCII font names don't work. Need to convert from 'encoding' and use
the wide functions.
8 On Windows 98 the unicows library is needed to support functions with UCS2
file names. Can we load unicows.dll dynamically?
8 When the primary monitor is below or right of the secondary monitor and
Vim is on the secondary monitor it will often move to the primary monitor.
Window position coordinates can be negative. (James Harvey)
8 The -P argument doesn't work very well with many MDI applications.
The last argument of CreateWindowEx() should be used, see MSDN docs.
8 In eval.c, io.h is included when MSWIN32 is defined. Shouldn't this be
WIN32? Or can including io.h be moved to vim.h? (Dan Sharp)
7 Windows XP: When using "ClearType" for text smoothing, a column of yellow
pixels remains when typing spaces in front of a "D" ('guifont' set to
6 Win32 GUI: With "-u NONE -U NONE" and doing "CTRL-W v" "CTRL-W o", the ":"
of ":only" is highlighted like the cursor. (Lipelis)
8 When 'encoding' is "utf-8", should use 'guifont' for both normal and wide
characters to make Asian languages work. Win32 fonts contain both
type of characters.
7 When font smoothing is enabled, redrawing can become very slow. The reason
appears to be drawing with a transparent background. Would it be possible
to use an opaque background in most places?
8 Use another default for 'termencoding': the active codepage. Means that
when 'encoding' is changed typing characters still works properly.
Alternative: use the Unicode functions to obtain typed characters.
8 Win32: Multi-byte characters are not displayed, even though the same font
in Notepad can display them. (Srinath Avadhanula) Try with the
UTF-8-demo.txt page with Andale Mono.
7 The cursor color indicating IME mode doesn't work properly. (Shizhu Pan,
2004 May 9)
8 Win32: When clicking on the gvim title bar, which gives it focus, produces
a file-changed dialog, after clicking on a button in that dialog the gvim
window follows the mouse. The button-up event is lost. Only with
MS-Windows 98?
Try this: ":set sw ts", get enter-prompt, then change the file in a
console, go back to Vim and click "reload" in the dialog for the changed
file: Window moves with the cursor!
Put focus event in input buffer and let generic Vim code handle it?
8 Win32: When mouse is hidden and in the toolbar, moving it won't make it
appear. (Sami Salonen)
8 Win32 GUI: With maximized window, ":set go-=r" doesn't use the space that
comes available. (Poucet) It works OK on Win 98 but doesn't work on Win
NT 4.0. Leaves a grey area where the scrollbar was. ":set go+=r" also
doesn't work properly.
8 When Vim is minimized and when maximizing it a file-changed dialog pops
up, Vim isn't maximized. It should be done before the dialog, so that it
appears in the right position. (Webb)
9 When selecting at the more-prompt or hit-enter-prompt, the right mouse
button doesn't give popup menu.
At the hit-enter prompt CTRL-Y doesn't work to copy the modeless
On the command line, don't get a popup menu for the right mouse button.
Let the middle button paste selected text (not the clipboard but the
non-Visual selection)? Otherwise CTRL-Y has to be used to copy the text.
8 When 'grepprg' doesn't execute, the error only flashes by, the
user can hardly see what is wrong. (Moore)
Could use vimrun with an "-nowait" argument to only wait when an error
occurs, but "" doesn't return an error code.
8 When the 'shell' cannot be executed, should give an appropriate error msg.
Esp. for a filter command, currently it only complains the file could not
be read.
7 Add an option to add one pixel column to the character width? Lucida
Console italic is wider than the normal font ("d" overlaps with next char).
Opposite of 'linespace': 'columnspace'.
7 At the hit-enter prompt scrolling now no longer works. Need to use the
keyboard to get around this. Pretend <CR> was hit when the user tries to
7 Scrollbar width doesn't change when selecting other windows appearance.
Also background color of Toolbar and rectangle below vert. scrollbar.
7 "!start /min cmd" should run in a minimized window, instead of using
"/min" as the command name. (Rogall)
6 Drawing text transparently doesn't seem to work (when drawing part cursor).
8 CTRL key doesn't always work in combination with ALT key. It does work
for function keys, not for alphabetic characters. Perhaps this is because
CTRL-ALT is used by Windows as AltGr?
8 CTRL-- doesn't work for AZERTY, because it's CTRL-[ for QWERTY. How do we
know which keyboard is being used?
7 When scrolling, and a background color is dithered, the dither pattern
doesn't always join correctly between the scrolled area and the new drawn
area (Koloseike).
8 When gui_init_font() is called with "*", p_guifont is freed while it might
still be used somewhere. This is too tricky, do the font selection first,
then set the new font by name (requires putting all logfont parameters in
the font name).
Athena and Motif:
6 New Motif toolbar button from Marcin Dalecki:
- When the mouse pointer is over an Agide button the red becomes black.
Something with the way colors are specified in the .xpm file.
- The pixmap is two pixels smaller than it should be. The gap is filled
with grey instead of the current toolbar background color.
9 Can configure be changed to disable netbeans if the Xpm library is
required and it's missing?
8 When using the resource "Vim*borderwidth 2" the widgets are positioned
9 XIM is disabled by default for SGI/IRIX. Fix XIM so that 'imdisable' can
be off by default.
9 XIM doesn't work properly for Athena/Motif. (Yasuhiro Matsumoto) For now,
keep XIM active at all times when the input method has the preediting
8 X11: A menu that contains an umlaut is truncated at that character.
Happens when the locale is "C", which uses ASCII instead of IS0-8859-1.
Is there a way to use latin1 by default? Gnome_init() seems to do this.
8 Perhaps use fontsets for everything?
6 When starting in English and switching the language to Japanese, setting
the locale with ":lang", 'guifontset' and "hi menu font=", deleting all
menus and setting them again, the menus don't use the new font. Most of
the tooltips work though...
7 Motif: when using a file selection dialog, the specified file name is not
always used (when specifying a filter or another directory).
8 When 'encoding' is different from the current locale (e.g., utf-8) the
menu strings don't work. Requires conversion from 'encoding' to the
current locale. Workaround: set 'langmenu'.
Athena GUI:
9 When dragging the scrollbar thumb very fast, focus is only obtained in
the scrollbar itself. And the thumb is no longer updated when moving
through files.
7 The file selector is not resizable. With a big font it is difficult to
read long file names. (Schroeder)
4 Re-write the widget attachments and code so that we will not have to go
through and calculate the absolute position of every widget every time the
window is refreshed/changes size. This will help the "flashing-widgets"
problem during a refresh.
5 When starting gvim with all the default colors and then typing
":hi Menu guibg=cyan", the menus change color but the background of the
pullright pixmap doesn't change colors.
If you type ":hi Menu guibg=cyan font=anyfont", then the pixmap changes
colors as it should.
Allocating a new pixmap and setting the resource doesn't change the
pullright pixmap's colors. Why? Possible Athena bug?
Motif GUI:
- gui_mch_browsedir() is missing.
7 Use XmStringCreateLocalized() instead of XmStringCreateSimple()?
David Harrison says it's OK (it exists in Motif 1.2).
8 Lesstif: When deleting a menu that's torn off, the torn off menu becomes
very small instead of disappearing. When closing it, Vim crashes.
9 On Solaris, creating the popup menu causes the right mouse button no
longer to work for extending the selection. (Halevy)
9 When running an external program, it can't always be killed with CTRL-C.
e.g., on Solaris 5.5, when using "K" (Keech). Other 'guipty' problems on
Solaris 2.6. (Marley)
9 On Solaris: Using a "-geometry" argument, bigger than the window where Vim
is started from, causes empty lines below the cmdline. (raf)
8 X11 GUI: When menu is disabled by excluding 'm' from 'guioptions', ALT key
should not be used to trigger a menu (like the Win32 version).
8 When setting 'langmenu', it should be effective immediately. Store both
the English and the translated text in the menu structure. Re-generate
the translation when 'langmenu' has changed.
8 Basic flaw in the GUI code: NextScreen is updated before calling
gui_write(), but the GUI code relies on NextScreen to represent the state
of where it is processing the output.
Need better separation of Vim core and GUI code.
8 When fontset support is enabled, setting 'guifont' to a single font
doesn't work.
8 Menu priority for sub-menus for: Amiga, BeOS.
8 When translating menus ignore the part after the Tab, the shortcut. So
that the same menu item with a different shortcut (e.g., for the Mac) are
still translated.
8 Add menu separators for Amiga, RISCOS.
8 Add way to specify the file filter for the browse dialog. At least for
8 Add dialog for search/replace to other GUIs? Tk has something for this,
use that code? Or use console dialog.
8 When selecting a font with the font dialog and the font is invalid, the
error message disappears too quick.
7 More features in the find/replace dialog:
- regexp on/off
- search in selection/buffer/all buffers/directory
when all buffers/directory is used:
- filter for file name
when directory is used:
- subdirectory on/off
- top directory browser
8 gui_check_colors() is not called at the right moment. Do it much later,
to avoid problems.
8 gui_update_cursor() is called for a cursor shape change, even when there
are mappings to be processed. Only do something when going to wait for
input. Or maybe every 100 ms?
8 X11: When the window size is reduced to fit on screen, there are blank
lines below the text and bottom scrollbar. "gvim -geometry 80x78+0+0".
When the "+0+0" is omitted it works.
8 When starting an external command, and 'guipty' set, BS and DEL are mixed
up. Set erase character somehow?
8 A dead circumflex followed by a space should give the '^' character
(Rommel). Look how xterm does this.
Also: Bednar has some code for dead key handling.
Also: Nedit 5.0.2 with USE_XMIM does it right. (Gaya)
8 The compose key doesn't work properly (Cepas). Both for Win32 and X11.
7 The cursor in an inactive window should be hollow. Currently it's not
7 GUI on Solaris 2.5.1, using /usr/dt/..: When gvim starts, cursor is
hollow, after window lowered/raised it's OK. (Godfrey)
7 When starting GUI with ":gui", and window is made smaller because it
doesn't fit on the screen, there is an extra redraw.
8 When setting font with .Xdefaults, there is an extra empty line at the
bottom, which disappears when using ":set guifont=<Tab>". (Chadzelek)
8 When font shape changes, but not the size, doing ":set font=" does not
redraw the screen with the new font. Also for Win32.
When the size changes, on Solaris 2.5 there isn't a redraw for the
remaining part of the window (Phillipps).
- Flashes really badly in certain cases when running remotely from a Sun.
4 Re-write the code so that the highlighting isn't changed multiple times
when doing a ":hi clear". The color changes happen three or more times
currently. This is very obvious on a 66Mhz 486.
9 Pressing CTRL-C often crashes the console Vim runs in. (Ken Liao)
When 'bioskey' isn't set it doesn't happen. Could be a problem with the
BIOS emulation of the console. Version 5.6 already had this problem.
8 DJGPP: "cd c:" can take us to a directory that no longer exists.
change_drive() doesn't check this. How to check for this error?
9 The 16 bit version runs out of memory very quickly. Should find unused
code and reduce static data. Resetting 'writebackup' helps to be able to
write a file.
9 Crash when running on Windows 98 in a console window and pressing CTRL-C.
Happens now and then. When debugging Vim in gdb this also happens. Since
the console crashes, might be a bug in the DOS console. Resetting
'bioskey' avoids it, but then CTRL-C doesn't work.
9 DOS: Make CTRL-Fx and ALT-Fx work.
CTRL-F1 = CE-5E, CTRL-F2 = CE-5F, .., CTRL-F10 = CE-67
ALT-F1 = CE-68, ALT-F2 = CE-69, .., ALT-F10 = CE-71
Shifted cursor keys produce same codes as unshifted keys. Use bioskey(2)
to get modifier mask for <S-C-M-Fx>.
Use K_SPECIAL/KS_MODIFIER codes to insert modifier mask in input stream?
Make this work like in Win32 console.
Mapping things like <M-A> doesn't work, because it generates an extended
key code. Use a translation table?
9 Can't read an opened swap file when the "share" command has not been used.
At least ignore the swap files that Vim has opened itself.
8 Use DJGPP 2.03.
8 The Dos32 version (DJGPP) can't use long file names on Windows NT.
Check if new package can be used (v2misc/ntlfn08[bs].zip).
8 setlocale() is bogus.
8 Vim busy waits for new characters or mouse clicks. Should put in some
sort of sleep, to avoid eating 50% of the CPU time. Test on an unpatched
Windows 95 system!
8 DJGPP: when shell is bash, make fails. (Donahoe)
7 Hitting CTRL-P twice quickly (e.g., in keyword completion) on a 8088
machine, starts printer echo! (John Mullin).
7 MSDOS 16 bit version can't work with COMSPEC that has an argument, e.g.:
Caused by BCC system() function (Borland "make" has the same problem).
8 Mouse: handle left&right button pressed as middle button pressed. Add
modifier keys shift, ctrl and alt.
7 When too many files are open (depends on FILES), strange things happen.
The Dos16 version runs out of memory, in the Dos32 version "!ls" causes a
crash. Another symptom: .swp files are not deleted, existing files are
"[New file]".
7 DJGPP version doesn't work with graphics display mode. Switch to a mode
that is supported?
8 DJGPP: ":mode" doesn't work for many modes. Disable them.
8 DJGPP: When starting in Ex mode, shouldn't clear the screen. (Walter
MSDOS, OS/2 and Win32:
8 OS/2: Add backtick expansion. Undefine NO_EXPANDPATH and use
8 OS/2: Add clipboard support? See example clipbrd.exe from Alexander
8 OS/2: Add Extended Attributes support and define HAVE_ACL.
8 OS/2: When editing a file name "foo.txt" that is actually called FOO.txt,
writing uses "foo.txt". Should obtain the real file name.
8 Should $USERPROFILE be preferred above $HOMEDRIVE/$HOMEPATH? No, but it's
a good fallback, thus use:
SHGetSpecialFolderPath(NULL, lpzsPath, CSIDL_APPDATA, FALSE);
SHGetSpecialFolderPath(NULL, lpzsPath, CSIDL_COMMON_APPDATA, FALSE);
8 Win32 console: <M-Up> and <M-Down> don't work. (Geddes) We don't have
special keys for these. Should use modifier + key.
8 Win32 console: caps-lock makes non-alpha keys work like with shift.
Should work like in the GUI version.
8 Environment variables in DOS are not case sensitive. Make a define for
STRCMP_ENV(), and use it when comparing environment var names.
8 Setting 'shellslash' has no immediate effect. Change all file names when
it is set/reset? Or only use it when actually executing a shell command?
8 When editing a file on a Samba server, case might matter. ":e file"
followed by ":e FILE" will edit "file" again, even though "FILE" might be
another one. Set last used name in buflist_new()? Fix do_ecmd(), etc.
8 When a buffer is editing a file like "ftp://mach/file", which is not going
to be used like a normal file name, don't change the slashes to
backslashes. (Ronald Hoellwarth)
Windows 95:
8 Editing a file by its short file name and writing it, makes the long file
name disappear. Setting 'backupcopy' helps.
Use FindFirstFile()->cAlternateFileName in fname_case() (George Reilly).
8 Doing wildcard expansion, will match the short filename, but result in the
long filename (both DJGPP and Win32).
Win32 console:
9 When editing a file by its short file name, it should be expanded into its
long file name, to avoid problems like these: (Mccollister)
1) Create a file called ".bashrc" using some other editor.
2) Drag that file onto a shortcut or the actual executable.
3) Note that the file name is something like BASHRC~1
4) Go to File->Save As menu item and type ".bashrc" as the file name.
5) Press "Yes" to indicate that I want to overwrite the file.
6) Note that the message "File exists (add ! to override)" is displayed
and the file is not saved.
Use FindFirstFile() to expand a file name and directory in the path to its
long name.
8 Also implement 'conskey' option for the Win32 console version? Look at
how Xvi does console I/O under Windows NT.
7 Re-install the use of $TERM and support the use of different terminals,
besides the console.
8 Use of <altgr> modifier doesn't work? 5.3 was OK. (Garcia-Suarez/Guckes)
9 Mapping <C-S-Tab> doesn't work correctly. How to see the difference with
9 tmpnam() uses file in root of file system: "\asdf". That doesn't work on
a Netware network drive. Use same function as for Win32 GUI?
8 In os_win32.h, HAVE_STRICMP and HAVE_STRNICMP are defined only if __GNUC__
is not defined. Shouldn't that be the other way around?
7 Use SetConsoleCP() and SetConsoleOutputCP() to implement 'termencoding'?
Avoids that input and output work differently. Need to be restored when
8 In mch_inchar() should use convert_input_safe() to handle incomplete byte
9 In mch_expandpath() a "*" is to be expanded, but "\*" isn't. Remove
backslashes in result.
8 Executing a shell, only one option for 'shell' is separated. Should do
all options, using white space separation.
- GUI: gui_mch_browsedir() is missing.
7 Patch to add 'transparency' option. Disadvantage: it's slow. (Eckehard
Berns, 2004 May 9)
Needs more work. Add when someone really wants it.
7 Loading the Perl library only works on OS/X 10.2 or 10.3, never on both.
Load the Perl library dynamically see Python sources file dynload_mac
dynamic linking:
8 Inputting Unicode characters does not work in the terminal. They appear
to arrive as upper and lower bytes. (David Brown, 2004 April 17)
8 Typing Unicode characters doesn't work at all in the GUI.
8 inputdialog() doesn't resize when giving more text lines. (David Fishburn,
2006 Sept 28)
9 Problems in Carbon version for OS X: (Benji Fisher)
- keyboard shortcuts in the menus get lost.
8 The Vim/About menu doesn't work.
8 ":gui" doesn't fork. Enabling the code in gui.c to fork causes a SEGV.
8 Define vim_mkdir() for Macintosh.
8 Define mch_writable() for Macintosh.
9 When DiskLock is running, using a swap file causes a crash. Appears to be
a problem with writing a file that starts with a dot. (Giacalone)
9 On G3 Mac, OS version 8, control strip causes characters messed up when
scrolling (CTRL-L cleans it up). (Benji Fisher)
9 On G3 Mac, OS version 8, variable-speed scrolling doesn't work, after two
seconds of scrolling the screen freezes. (Benji Fisher)
9 In mac_expandpath() check that handling of backslashes is done properly.
8 Standard Mac shortcuts are missing. (Amerige)
8 Handling of non-fixed width fonts is wrong. (Amerige)
"Small" problems:
- Can't disable terminal flow control, to enable the use of CTRL-S and
CTRL-Q. Add an option for it?
- When using e_secure in do_one_cmd() mention the command being executed,
otherwise it's not clear where it comes from.
- When the quickfix window is open and executing ":echo 'hello'" using the
Command-line window, the text is immediately removed by the redrawing.
(Michael Henry, 2008 Nov 1)
Generic solution: When redrawing while there is a message on the
cmdline, don't erase the display but draw over the existing text.
Other solution, redraw after closing the cmdline window, before executing
the command.
9 For Turkish vim_tolower() and vim_toupper() also need to use utf_
functions for characters below 0x80. (Sertacyildiz)
9 When the last edited file is a help file, using '0 in a new Vim doesn't
edit the file as a help file. 'filetype' is OK, but 'iskeyword' isn't,
file isn't readonly, etc.
8 When an ":edit" is inside a try command and the ATTENTION prompt is used,
the :catch commands are always executed, also when the file is edited
normally. Should reset did_emsg and undo side effects. Also make sure
the ATTENTION message shows up. Servatius Brandt works on this.
8 ":g//" gives "Pattern not found error" with E486. Should not use the
error number, it's not a regular error message.
7 Vimtutor leaves escape sequence in terminal. This is the xterm response to
requesting the version number. (Yasuhiro Matsumoto)
8 When redirecting and using ":silent" the current column for displaying and
redirection can be different. Use a separate variable to hold the column
for redirection.
7 The messages for "vim --help" and "vim --version" don't use
- Could the hit-enter prompt be avoided when a message only overlaps the
'showcmd' area? Clear that area when the next cmd is typed.
8 When 'scrollbind' is set, a window won't scroll horizontally if the cursor
line is too short. Add a word in 'scrollopt' to allow moving the cursor
to longer line that is visible. A similar thing is done for the GUI when
using the horizontal scrollbar.
7 VisVim can only open one file. Hard to solve: each opened file is passed
with a separate invocation, would need to use timestamps to know the
invocations belong together.
8 When giving a ":bwipeout" command a file-changed dialog may popup for this
buffer, which is pointless. (Mike Williams)
8 On MS-Windows ":make" doesn't show output while it is working. Use the
tee.exe from ? About 16 Kbyte in the archive.
Alternate one:, but Walter
Briscoe says it's not as good.
8 "stl" and "stlnc" in 'fillchars' don't work for multi-byte characters.
8 When doing Insert mode completion a mapping cannot recursively call
edit(), because the completion information is global. Put everything in
an allocated structure?
6 Python: ":py raw_input('prompt')" doesn't work. (Manu Hack)
8 Command line completion: buffers "foo.txt" and "../b/foo.txt", completing
":buf foo<Tab>" doesn't find the second one. (George V. Reilly)
7 Output for ":scriptnames" and ":breaklist" should shorten the file names:
use "~/" when possible.
7 mb_off2cells() doesn't work correctly on the tail byte of a double-byte
character. (Yasuhiro Matsumoto) It should return 1 when used on a tail
byte, like for utf-8. Store second byte of double-byte in ScreenLines2[]
(like for DBCS_JPNU) and put a zero in the second byte (like for UTF-8).
8 'backupdir' and 'directory' should use $TMPDIR, $TMP and/or $TEMP when
7 Inside a function with "perl <<EOF" a line with "$i++" is recognized as an
":insert" command, causing the following "endfunction" not to be found.
Add skipping this perl construction inside function definitions.
7 When 'ttimeoutlen' is 10 and 'timeoutlen' is 1000, there is a keycode
"<Esc>a" and a mapping <Esc>x", when typing "<Esc>a" with half a second
delay should not be interpreted as a keycode. (Hans Ginzel)
7 ":botright 1 new" twice causes all window heights to be changed. Make the
bottom window only bigger as much as needed.
7 The Cygwin and MingW makefiles define "PC", but it's not used anywhere.
Remove? (Dan Sharp)
9 User commands use the context of the script they were defined in. This
causes a "s:var" argument to unexpectedly use a variable in the defining
script, not the calling script. Add an argument to ":command":
"-keepcontext". Do replace <SID>, so that a function in the defining
script can be called.
8 The Japanese message translations for MS-Windows are called ja.sjis.po,
but they use encoding cp932. Rename the file and check that it still
8 A very long message in confirm() can't be quit. Make this possible with
7 clip_x11_own_selection() uses CurrentTime, that is not allowed. VNC X
server has a problem with this. (Mark Waggoner) Remembering the timestamp
of events isn't always possible. We don't get them in an xterm. GTK
doesn't obtain the selection again when the timestamp differs, thus it
won't work for GTK anyway.
8 When the clipboard isn't supported: ":yank*" gives a confusing error
message. Specifically mention that the register name is invalid.
8 "gf" always excludes trailing punctuation characters. file_name_in_line()
is currently fixed to use ".,:;!". Add an option to make this
8 'hkmap' should probably be global-local.
9 When "$" is in 'cpoptions' and folding is active, a "C" command changes
the folds and resets w_lines_valid. The display updating doesn't work
then. (Pritesh Mistry)
8 Using ":s" in a function changes the previous replacement string. Save
"old_sub" in save_search_patterns()?
8 Should allow multi-byte characters for the delimiter: ":s+a+b+" where "+"
is a multi-byte character.
8 When appending to a file and 'patchmode' isn't empty, a backup file is
always written, even when the original file already exists.
7 When using "daw" on the last word in a file and this is a single letter,
nothing is deleted. Should delete the letter and preceding white space.
9 When getting focus while writing a large file, could warn for this file
being changed outside of Vim. Avoid checking this while the file is being
7 The message in bt_dontwrite_msg() could be clearer.
8 The script ID that is stored with an option and displayed with ":verbose
set" isn't reset when the option is set internally. For example when
'foldlevel' is set from 'foldlevelstart'.
8 Also store the line number with the script ID and use it for ":verbose",
so that "set nocompatible" is found when it changes other option values.
When an option is set indirectly mention the command? E.g. when
":diffsplit" sets 'foldmethod'.
8 In the fileformat dialog, "Cancel" isn't translated. Add a global
variable for this. (Eduardo Fernandez)
9 When editing a file with 'readonly' set, there is no check for an existing
swap file. Then using ":write" (without making any changes) doesn't give
a warning either. Should check for an existing swap file without creating
one. Unfinished patch by Ian Kelling, 2008 July 14.
7 When 'showbreak' is set, the amount of space a Tab occupies changes.
Should work like 'showbreak' is inserted without changing the Tabs.
7 When 'mousefocus' is set and switching to another window with a typed
command, the mouse pointer may be moved to a part of the window that's
covered by another window and we lose focus. Only move in the y
direction, not horizontally?
8 ":hardcopy":
- Using the cterm_color[] table is wrong when t_colors is > 16.
- Need to handle unprintable characters.
- Win32: On a B&W printer syntax highlighting isn't visible. Perform
dithering to make grey text?
- Add a flag in 'printoptions' to add an empty page to make the total
number even. "addempty"? (Mike Williams)
- Respect 'linebreak'. Perhaps also 'showbreak'?
- Should interpreted CTRL-L as a page break.
- Grey line numbers are not always readable. Add field in 'printoptions'.
Default to black when no syntax highlighting.
- Be able to print a window in diff mode.
- Be able to specify a colorscheme to use for printing. And a separate
one for B&W printing (if that can be detected).
8 In Visual block mode with 'lbr' set, a change command doesn't insert the
text in following lines where the linebreak changes.
9 dosinst.c: The DJGPP version can't uninstall the Uninstall registry key on
Windows NT. How to install a .inf file on Windows NT and how to detect
that Windows NT is being used?
8 When 'virtualedit' is "block,insert" and encoding is "utf-8", selecting a
block of one double-wide character, then "d" deletes only half of it.
8 When 'virtualedit' is set, should "I" in blockwise visual mode also insert
in lines that don't extend into the block?
8 With 'virtualedit' set, in Insert mode just after the end of line, CTRL-O
yh does not yank the last character of the line. (Pavel Papushev)
Doing "hl" first appears to make it work.
8 With 'virtualedit' set it's possible to move into the blank area from
8 With 'virtualedit' set and 'selection' "exclusive", a Visual selection
that ends in or after a tab, "d" doesn't delete (part of) the tab.
(Helmut Stiegler)
9 When jumping to a tag, the search pattern is put in the history. When
'magic' is on, the pattern may not work. Translate the pattern depending
on p_magic when putting it in the history? Alternative: Store value of
'magic' in history. (Margo)
9 optwin.vim: Restoring a mapping for <Space> or <CR> is not correct for
":noremap". Add "mapcmd({string}, {mode})? Use code from ":mkexrc".
9 incsearch is incorrect for "/that/<Return>/this/;//" (last search pattern
isn't updated).
9 term_console is used before it is set (msdos, Amiga).
9 Get out-of-memory for ":g/^/,$s//@/" on 1000 lines, this is not handled
correctly. Get many error messages while redrawing the screen, which
cause another redraw, etc.
8 [<C-I> doesn't work when '*' is in 'iskeyword'. find_pattern_in_path()
must escape special characters in the pattern.
8 Vim can overwrite a read-only file with ":w!". ":w" can't overwrite an
existing file, "w!" can, but perhaps not a read-only file? Then use
":w!!" for that.
Or ask for permission to overwrite it (if file can be made writable) and
restore file to readonly afterwards.
Overwriting a file for which a swap file exists is similar issue.
7 When compiled with "xterm_clipboard", startup can be slower and might get
error message for invalid $DISPLAY. Try connecting to the X server in the
background (forked), so that Vim starts up quicker? Connect as soon as
the clipboard is to be used (Visual select mode starts, paste from
7 X11: Some people prefer to use CLIPBOARD instead of PRIMARY for the normal
selection. Add an "xclipboard" argument to the 'clipboard' option? (Mark
8 For xterm need to open a connection to the X server to get the window
title, which can be slow. Can also get the title with "<Esc>[21t", no
need to use X11 calls. This returns "<Esc>]l{title}<Esc>\".
6 When the xterm reports the number of colors, a redraw occurs. This is
annoying on a slow connection. Wait for the xterm to report the number of
colors before drawing the screen. With a timeout.
8 When the builtin xterm termcap contains codes that are not wanted, need a
way to avoid using the builtin termcap.
8 Xterm sends ^[[H for <Home> and ^[[F for <End> in some mode. Also
recognize these keys? Mostly useful for xterm simulators, like gnometerm.
8 For xterm also recognize keypad up/down/left/right and insert.
8 '[ and '] should be set to start/end of line when using a linewise operator
(e.g., ":w").
8 CTRL-A can't handle big "long" numbers, they become negative. Check for
"-" character, if not present, use unsigned long.
8 Make it possible to disable the special meaning of "#" in the first column
for ">>".
8 Add suspending with CTRL-Z at the "more" prompt, and when executing a long
script in do_cmdline().
8 When using 'hidden', many swap files will be open. When Vim runs into the
maximum number of open files, error messages will appear. Detect that
this problem is present, and close any hidden files that don't have
8 With 'viminfo' set such that the ".viminfo" file is written on a FAT
filesystem, an illegal file name may be created: ".vim".
8 For each buffer that is opened, the viminfo file is opened and read to
check for file marks. This can be slow.
7 In xterm, recognize both vt100 and vt220 cursor keys. Change
add_termcode() to not remove an existing entry for a name, when it's
Need a generic solution to recognize different codes for the same key.
8 Core dump within signal function: gdb doesn't show stack backtrace! Option
to skip catch_signals()?
9 Repeating a "cw" with "." doesn't work if the text was pasted from the
clipboard. (Thomas Jones) It's because the menu/toolbar item exits Insert
mode and uses "gP". How to fix this without breaking inserting a block of
8 In Replace mode pasting from the clipboard (using menu or toolbar) inserts
all the text. Add ":rmenu"?
8 Pasting with the mouse in Replace mode inserts the text, instead of
overwriting, when it is more than one line. Same for using <C-R>.
9 CTRL-E and CTRL-Y don't work in small window when 'so' is 4 and lines are
wrapping (Acevedo/in.226). E.g., when using CTRL-E, window height 7,
window might actually scroll down when last line of buffer is displayed.
--> Remember if the previous command was "cursor follows screen" or
"screen follow cursor" and use this in cursupdate().
7 tilde_replace() can only handle "~/", should also do "~user/".
Get the list of home directories (from /etc/passwd? Use getpwent()) and
use some clever algorithm to match a path with that. Find common strings
in the list?
8 When dragging status line with mouse, sometimes a jump when first clicking
on the status line (caused by 'winheight'). Select window on button up,
instead of on button down.
8 Dragging the status line doesn't scroll but redraw.
9 Evaluating 'statusline' in build_stl_str_hl() does not properly check for
reaching the end of the available buffer.
Patch to dynamically allocate the buffer for % items. (Eric Arnold, 2006
May 14)
8 When performing incremental search, should abort searching as soon as a
character is typed.
8 When the value of $MAKE contains a path, configure can't handle this.
It's an autoconf bug. Remove the path from $MAKE to work around it.
8 How to set VIMRC_FILE to \"something\" for configure? Why does this not
work: CFLAGS='-DVIMRC_FILE=\"/mydir/myfile\"' ./configure
8 The temporary file is sometimes not writable. Check for this, and use an
alternate name when it isn't. Or add the 'temptemplate' option: template
for the temp file name ":set temptemplate=/usr/tmp/?????.tmp".
Also: Win32 version uses Windows temp directory, which might not work for
cygwin bash.
7 Get error "*, \+ or \( operand could be empty" for pattern "\(.\)\1\{3}".
Remember flags for backreferences.
7 When switching to Daylight Saving Time, Vim complains that a file has been
changed since last read. Can we use a function that uses GMT?
7 When completing an environment variable after a '$', check for file names
that contain a '$' after all have been found.
8 When "cm" termcap entry is missing, starting gvim shouldn't complain about
it. (Lohner) Try out with "vt100" entry, cm replaced with cX.
7 When an include file starts with "../", the check for already visiting
this file doesn't work. Need to simplify the file name.
7 The names and comments for the arguments of do_browse() are confusing.
"dflt" isn't the default file name when "initdir" is not NULL and
"initdir" is the default path to be used.
7 When 'scrolloff' is exactly half the window height, "j" causes a scroll of
two lines at a time. "k" doesn't do this. (Cory T. Echols)
8 When write_viminfo() is used while there are many orphaned viminfo
tempfiles writing the viminfo file fails. Give a clear error message so
that the user knows he has to delete the files.
7 It's possible to redefine a script-local function with ":func
<SNR>123_Test()". (Krishna) Disallow this.
I can't reproduce these (if you can, let me know how!):
9 NT 4.0 on NTFS file system: Editing ".bashrc" (drag and drop), file
disappears. Editing ".xyz" is OK. Also, drag&drop only works for three
files. (McCollister)
Problems that will (probably) not be solved:
- GTK: when using the popup menu with spelling suggestions and releasing the
right mouse button before the menu appears selecting an item with the
right mouse button has no effect. GTK does not produce an event for this.
- GTK 2: Cannot use the file selector. When using it many things become
slow. This is caused by some code in GTK that writes
~/.recently-used.xbel every time an event is handled. It assumes the main
loop is never quit, which is a wrong assumption. Also, it overwrites the
file with different file permissions, which is a privacy issue. This
needs to be fixed in GTK. A solution in Vim would be really complicated.
(2008 Jul 31)
- xterm title: The following scenario may occur (esp. when running the Vim
test script): Vim 1 sets the title to "file1", then restores the title to
"xterm" with an ESC sequence when exiting. Vim 2 obtains the old title
with an X library call, this may result in "file1", because the window
manager hasn't processed the "xterm" title yet. Can apparently only be
worked around with a delay.
- In a terminal with 'mouse' set such that the mouse is active when entering
a command line, after executing a shell command that scrolls up the
display and then pressing ":": Selecting text with the mouse works like
the display wasn't scrolled. Vim doesn't know how much the external
command scrolled up the display. Use Shift to select text.
- X windows: When $DISPLAY points to a X server where there is no access
permission, trying to connect to the X server causes an error message.
XtOpenDisplay() prints this directly, there is no way to avoid it.
- X windows: Setting 'guifontset' to an illegal value sometimes crashes Vim.
This is caused by a fault in a X library function, can't be solved in Vim.
- Win32 tcl: has("tcl") hangs when the tcl84.dll is from cygwin.
- Motif: When adding a menu item "Find this &Symbol", the "s" in "this" will
be underlined, instead of in "Symbol". Motif doesn't let us specify which
character gets the highlighting.
- Moving the cursor removes color in color-xterm. This is a color-xterm
problem! color-xterm ver. 6.1 beta 3 and later work properly.
- In zsh, "gvim&" changes the terminal settings. This is a zsh problem.
- Problem with HPterm under X: old contents of window is lost (Cosentino).
- Amiga: When using quickfix with the Manx compiler we only get the first 25
errors. How do we get the rest?
- Amiga: The ":cq" command does not always abort the Manx compiler. Why?
- Linux: A file with protection r--rw-rw- is seen readonly for others. The
access() function in GNU libc is probably wrong.
- MSDOS: When using smartdrive with write-back buffering, writing to a
readonly floppy will cause problems. How to test for a writable floppy
- MSDOS: Both 16 and 32 bit versions: File name expansion doesn't work for
names that start with a dot. These used to be illegal file names.
- When doing a CTRL-Z and typing a command for the shell, while Vim is busy
(e.g. writing a file), the command for the shell is sometimes eaten by Vim,
because the terminal mode is changed from RAW to CBREAK.
- An old version of GNU tgoto can't handle the terminfo code for "AF". The
"%p1" is interpreted as "%p" and "1", causing color not to be working.
Fix: Change the "%p1" in the "AF" and "AB" terminfo entries to "%p".
- When running an external command from the GUI, typeahead is going to that
program, not to Vim. It looks like the shell eats the characters, Vim
can't get back what the external command didn't use.
- Win32 GUI: Error code from external command not returned in shell_error.
It appears that cmd.exe and don't return an error code.
- Win32 GUI: The Toolbar is a bit too high when the flat style is being
used. We don't have control over the height of the Toolbar.
- Win32: All files created on the day of switching from winter to summer
time cause "changed since editing started" messages. It goes away when
the file is written again the next day, or the timezone is adjusted.
DJGPP version is OK. (Zaimi) Looks like a problem with the Win32 library.
Rebooting doesn't help. Time stamps look OK in directory. (Penn)
Is this on FAT (stores wall clock time) or NTFS (stores UTS)?
- Win32, MS-Windows XP: $HOME uses the wrong drive when the user profiles
are not on the boot disk. This is caused by a wrong value of $HOMEDRIVE.
This is a bug in XP, see MSKB article 818134.
- SunOS 5.5.1 with Motif: The file open dialog does not have a horizontal
scroll bar for the "files" selection. This is a problem in the Motif
libraries, get a patch from Sun.
- Solaris 2.6 with GTK and Perl: gvim crashes when started. Problem with X
input method called from GDK code. Without Perl it doesn't crash.
- VMS: Vimdiff doesn't work with the VMS diff, because the output looks
different. This makes test 47 fail. Install a Unix-compatible diff.
- VMS v7.1 and older: Tests 21 and 32 fail. From VMS v7.1-2 and newer Vim
does not have this behavior. (Zoltan Arpadffy)
- Win32 GUI: mouse wheel always scrolls rightmost window. The events arrive
in Vim as if the rightmost scrollbar was used.
- GTK with Gnome: Produces an error message when starting up:
Gdk-WARNING **: locale not supported by C library
This is caused by the gnome library gnome_init() setting $LC_CTYPE to
"en_US". Not all systems support this locale name, thus causing the
error. Hopefully a newer version of GTK/Gnome fixes this problem.
- GTK 2: With this mapping the hit-enter prompt is _sometimes_ below the
screen, at other times there is a grey area below the command line:
:nmap <F11> :if &guioptions=~'m' \| set guioptions-=m \| else \| set guioptions+=m \| endif<cr>
- GTK: When pasting a selection from Vim to xclipboard gvim crashes with a
ABRT signal. Probably an error in the file gdkselection.c, the assert
always fails when XmbTextListToTextProperty() fails. (Tom Allard)
- GTK 2: gives an assertion error for every non-builtin icon in the toolbar.
This is a GTK 2.4.x bug, fixed in GTK 2.4.2. (Thomas de Grenier de Latour)
- When using an xterm that supports the termresponse feature, and the 't_Co'
termcap option was wrong when Vim started, it will be corrected when the
termresponse is received. Since the number of colors changes, the
highlighting needs to be initialized again. This may cause colors defined
in the vimrc file to be lost.
- On Windows NT 4.0 the number of files passed to Vim with drag&drop and
"Edit with Vim" is limited. The maximum command line length is 255 chars.
--------------------- extensions and improvements ----------------------
Most interesting new features to be added when all bugs have been fixed:
- Using ":exe edit fname" has escaping problems. Use ":edit ++(fname)".
Thus use "++=" to give arguments as expressions, comma separated as if
calling a function.
With options: ":edit ++(['!', '++enc=abc'], ['+/pat'], fname)".
Alternative: Make a function for Ex commands: cmd_edit().
- Add COLUMN NUMBERS to ":" commands ":line1,line2[col1,col2]cmd". Block
can be selected with CTRL-V. Allow '$' (end of line) for col2.
- Add DEBUGGER INTERFACE. Implementation for gdb by Xavier de Gaye.
Should work like an IDE. Try to keep it generic. Now found here:
And the idevim plugin/script.
To be able to start the debugger from inside Vim: For GUI run a program
with a netbeans connection; for console: start a program that splits the
terminal, runs the debugger in one window and reconnect Vim I/O to the
other window.
Wishes for NetBeans commands:
- make it possible to have 'defineAnnoType' also handle terminal colors.
- send 'balloonText' events for the cursor position (using CursorHold ?)
in terminal mode.
- ECLIPSE plugin. Problem is: the interface is very complicated. Need to
implement part in Java and then connect to Vim. Some hints from Alexandru
Roman, 2004 Dec 15. Should then also work with Oracle Jdeveloper, see JSR
198 standard
Eclim does it: (Eric Van Dewoestine)
Plugin that uses a terminal emulator:
And another one:
- STICKY CURSOR: Add a way of scrolling that leaves the cursor where it is.
Especially when using the scrollbar. Typing a cursor-movement command
scrolls back to where the cursor is.
- Scroll commands by screen line. g CTRL-E and g CTRL-Y ? Requires the
first line to be able to start halfway.
- Running a shell command from the GUI still has limitations. Look into how
the terminal emulator of the Vim shell project can help:
8 Add a command to jump to a certain kind of tag. Allow the user to specify
values for the optional fields. E.g., ":tag size type=m".
Also allow specifying the file and command, so that the result of
taglist() can be used.
- X11: Make it possible to run Vim inside a window of another program.
This can be done with XReparentWindow(). But how exactly?
8 List of Vim runtime directories. dotvim.txt from Charles Campbell, 2007
Feb 20.
8 The GUI help should explain the Find and Find/Replace dialogs. Add a link
to it from ":promptrepl" and ":promptfind".
8 List of options should mention whether environment variables are expanded
or not.
8 Extend usr_27.txt a bit. (Adam Seyfarth)
7 Add a section on debugging scripts in the user manual.
9 Make the Reference Manual more precise. For each command mention:
- change to cursor position and curswant
- if it can be undone (u/CTRL-R) and redone (.)
- how it works for folded lines
- how it works with multi-byte characters
9 In change.txt, remark about Javadoc isn't right. Right alignment would
work too.
8 Spread the windows commands over the other files. For example, ":stag"
should be with ":tag". Cross-link with tags to avoid too much double
8 Add tags for all features, e.g. "gui_running".
7 MS-Windows: When a wrong command is typed with an ALT key, give a hint to
look at the help for 'winaltkeys'.
7 Add a help.vim plugin that maps <Tab> to jump to the next tag in || and
<C-Tab> (and <S-Tab>) to the previous tag.
Patch by Balazs Kezes, 2007 Dec 30. Remark from A. Politz.
- Check text editor compendium for vi and Vim remarks.
- First try using the ":help" argument literally, before using it as a
pattern. And then match it as part of a tag.
- When a help item has multiple matches make it possible to use ":tn" to go
to the other matches.
- Support a way to view (and edit) .info files.
- Default mapping for help files: <Tab> to position cursor on next |:tag|.
- Implement a "sticky" help window, some help text lines that are always
displayed in a window with fixed height. (Guckes) Use "~/.vimhelp" file,
user can edit it to insert his favorite commands, new account can contain a
default contents.
- Make 'winminheight' a local option, so that the user can set a minimal
height for the help window (and other windows).
- ":help :s^I" should expand to ":help :substitute".
- Make the help key (<F1>) context sensitive?
- Learn mode: show short help while typing commands.
User Friendlier:
8 Windows install with NSIS: make it possible to do a silent install, see
8 Windows install with install.exe: Use .exe instead of .bat files for
links, so that command line arguments are passed on unmodified? (Walter
8 Windows install: Be able to associate Vim with a selection of file types?
8 Windows uninstall: Have uninstal.c delete the vimfiles directories that
dosinst.c creates. List the contents of the directory (recursively) if
the user asks for it. Requires an implementation of "rm -rf".
8 Remember the name of the vimrc file that was used (~/.vimrc, $VIM/_vimrc,
$HOME/_vimrc, etc.) and add "edit vimrc" to the File menu.
- Add a way to save local settings and mappings into a new plugin file.
":mkplugin <file>"?
8 Add ":plugininstall" command. Can be used to install a plugin file that
includes documentation. Let the user select a directory from
" Vim plugin
<main plugin code>
" >>> plugin help start <<<
<plugin docs>
- Add mappings local to a window: ":map <window> ..."?
9 Add buffer-local menu. Should offer a choice between removing the menu or
disabling it. Be careful that tear-offs don't disappear (keep one empty
Alternative: use BufEnter and BufLeave autocommands.
8 make a vimtutor script for Amiga and other systems.
7 Add the arguments for configure to the ":version" output?
7 When Vim detects a file is being edited elsewhere and it's a gvim session
of the same user it should offer a "Raise" button, so that the other gvim
window can be displayed. (Eduard)
8 Support saving and restoring session for X windows? It should work to do
":mksession" and use "-S fname" for the restart command. The
gui_x11_wm_protocol_handler() already takes care of the rest.
global_event_filter() for GTK.
Tab pages:
9 GUI implementation for the tab pages line for other systems.
7 GUI: Control over the appearance of the text in the labels (bold, color,
font, etc.)
8 Make GUI menu in tab pages line configurable. Like the popup menu.
8 balloons for the tab page labels that are shortened to show the full path.
8 :tabmove +N move tab page N pages forward
8 :tabmove -N move tab page N pages backward
7 :tabdup duplicate the tab with all its windows.
7 Option to put tab line at the left or right? Need an option to specify
its width. It's like a separate window with ":tabs" output.
7 Add local variables for each tab page?
8 Add local options for each tab page? E.g., 'diffopt' could differ between
tab pages.
7 Add local highlighting for each tab page?
7 Add local directory for tab pages? How would this interfere with
window-local directories?
Spell checking:
- have some way not to give spelling errors for a range of characters.
E.g. for Chinese and other languages with specific characters for which we
don't have a spell file. Useful when there is also text in other
languages in the file.
- Support more regions? Caolan McNamara argues it's needed for es_XX.
- Unicode defines another quote character: 0x2019. Use it as an equivalent
of a single quote, thus use it as a word character like a quote and match
with words, replacing the curly quote with a single quote.
- Could filter &eacute; things for HTML before doing spell checking.
Similarly for TeX.
- The Hungarian spell file uses four extra characters in the FOL/UPP/LOW
items than other spell files with the ISO-8859-2 encoding, that causes
problem when changing 'spelllang'. There is no obvious way to fix this.
- Considering Hunspell 1.1.4:
What does MAXNGRAMSUGS do?
Is COMPLEXPREFIXES necessary when we have flags for affixes?
- Support spelling words in CamelCase as if they were two separate words.
Requires some option to enable it. (Timothy Knox)
- There is no Finnish spell checking file. For openoffice Voikko is now
used, which is based on Malaga:
(Teemu Likonen)
8 ":mkspell" still takes much too long in Hungarian dictionary from
hunspell. Only solution appears to be to postpone secondary suffixes.
8 implement use of <compoptions> in .spl file:
implement CHECKCOMPOUNDREP: when a compound word seems to be OK apply REP
items and check if the result is a valid word.
Add CHECKCOMPOUNDCASE: when compounding make leading capital lower case.
How is it supposed to work?
- Add a command the repeats ]s and z=, showing the misspelled word in its
context. Thus to spell-check a whole file.
- suggestion for "KG" to "kg" when it's keepcase.
- For flags on affixes: Use a "AFFCOMPSET" flag; means the compound flags of
the word are not used.
- Support breakpoint character ? 0xb7 and ignore it? Makes it possible to
use same wordlist for hyphenation.
- Compound word is accepted if nr of words is <= COMPOUNDWORDMAX OR nr of
syllables <= COMPOUNDSYLMAX. Specify using AND in the affix file?
- NEEDCOMPOUND also used for affix? Or is this called ONLYINCOMPOUND now?
Or is ONLYINCOMPOUND only for inside a compound, not at start or end?
- Do we need a flag for the rule that when compounding is done the following
word doesn't have a capital after a word character, even for Onecap words?
- New hunspell home page:
- Version 1.1.0 is out now, look into that.
- Lots of code depends on LANG, that isn't right. Enable each mechanism
in the affix file separately.
- Example with compounding dash is bad, gets in the way of setting
COMPOUNDMIN and COMPOUNDWORDMAX to a reasonable value.
- COMPOUNDROOT -> COMPOUNDED? For a word that already is a compound word
- CIRCUMFIX: when a word uses a prefix marked with the CIRCUMFIX flag, then
the word must also have a suffix marked with the CIRCUMFIX flag. It's a
bit primitive, since only one flag is used, which doesn't allow matching
specific prefixes with suffixes.
PSFX {flag} {pchop} {padd} {pcond} {schop} {sadd}[/flags] {scond}
We might not need this at all, you can use the NEEDAFFIX flag and the
affix which is required.
- When a suffix has more than one syllable, it may count as a word for
- Add flags to count extra syllables in a word. SYLLABLEADD1 SYLLABLEADD2,
etc.? Or make it possible to specify the syllable count of a word
directly, e.g., after another slash: /abc/3
- MORPHO item in affix file: ignore TAB and morphological field after
word/flags and affix.
- Implement multiple flags for compound words and CMP item?
Await comments from other spell checking authors.
- Also see tklspell:
8 Charles Campbell asks for method to add "contained" groups to existing
syntax items (to add @Spell).
Add ":syntax contains {pattern} add=@Spell" command? A bit like ":syn
cluster" but change the contains list directly for matching syntax items.
- References: MySpell library (in
author: Kevin Hendricks <>
8 It is currently not possible to mark "can not" as rare, because "can" and
"not" are good words. Find a way to let "rare" overrule "good"?
8 Make "en-rare" spell file? Ask Charles Campbell.
8 The English dictionaries for different regions are not consistent in their
use of words with a dash.
7 Insert mode completion mechanism that uses the spell word lists.
8 Add hl groups to 'spelllang'?
:set spelllang=en_us,en-rare/SpellRare,en-math/SpellMath
More complicated: Regions with different languages? E.g., comments
in English, strings in German (po file).
Diff mode:
9 Instead invoking an external diff program, use builtin code. One can be
found here:
8 Use diff mode to show the changes made in a buffer (compared to the file).
Use an unnamed buffer, like doing:
new | set bt=nofile | r # | 0d_ | diffthis | wincmd p | diffthis
Also show difference with the file when editing started? Should show what
can be undone. (Tom Popovich)
7 Add cursor-binding: when moving the cursor in one diff'ed buffer, also
move it in other diff'ed buffers, so that CTRL-W commands go to the same
(commands still available: zI zJ zK zp zP zq zQ zV zy zY;
secondary: zB zS zT zZ, z=)
8 Vertical folds: looks like vertically split windows, but the cursor moves
through the vertical separator, separator moves when scrolling.
8 Add "z/" and "z?" for searching in not folded text only.
9 Add search pattern item to only match in closed or open fold and/or fold
with certain level. Allows doing ":g/pat/cmd" to work on closed folds.
7 Use "++--", "+++--" for different levels instead of "+---" "+----".
8 When a closed fold is displayed open because of 'foldminlines', the
behavior of commands is still like the fold is closed. How to make the
user aware of this?
8 Add an option 'foldskip' with values like 'foldopen' that specifies which
commands skip over a closed fold.
8 "H" and "L" count buffer lines instead of window lines. (Servatius Brandt)
8 Add a way to add fold-plugins. Johannes Zellner has one for VB.
7 When using manual folding, the undo command should also restore folds.
- Allow completely hiding a closed fold. E.g., by setting 'foldtext' to an
empty string. Require showing a character in 'foldcolumn' to avoid the
missing line goes unnoticed.
How to implement this?
- When pressing the down arrow of a scrollbar, a closed fold doesn't scroll
until after a long time. How to make scrolling with closed folds
- When creating a session, also store folds for buffers in the buffer list,
using the wininfo in wi_folds.
- When currently editing the first file in the argument list the session
file can contain:
args version.c main.c
edit version.c
Can editing version.c twice be avoided?
- 'foldmethod' "textobject": fold on sections and paragraph text objects.
- Add 'hidecomment' option: don't display comments in /* */ and after //.
Or is the conceal patch from Vince Negri a more generic solution?
- "zuf": undo change in manual fold. "zUf" redo change in manual fold. How
to implement this?
- "zJ" command: add the line or fold below the fold in the fold under the
- 'foldmethod' "syntax": "fold=3" argument: set fold level for a region or
- Apply a new foldlevel to a range of lines. (Steve Litt)
8 Have some way to restrict commands to not folded text. Also commands like
Multi-byte characters:
- When editing a file with both utf-8 and latin1 text Vim always falls back
to latin1. Add a command to convert the latin1 characters to utf-8?
:unmix utf-8,latin1 filename
Would only work when 'encoding' is utf-8.
9 When the tail byte of a double-byte character is illegal (e.g., a CR), the
display is messed up (Yasuhiro Matsumoto). Should check for illegal
double-byte characters and display them differently (display each single
8 Add an item in 'fileencodings' to check the first lines of a file for
the encoding. See Python PEP:
To avoid getting a wrong encoding only accept something Emacs-like:
"-*- coding: -*-" and "-*- coding= -*-"
Match with "-\*-\s*coding[:=]\s*\([::word::-_.]\+\)\s*-\*-" and use first
8 Add an item in 'fileencodings' to check the first line of an XML file for
the encoding. <?xml version="1.0" encoding="UTF-8"?> Or "charset=UTF-8"?
For HTML look for "charset=utf-8".
8 The quickfix file is read without conversion, thus in 'encoding'. Add an
option to specify the encoding of the errorfile and convert it. Also for
":grep" and ":helpgrep".
More generic solution: support a filter (e.g., by calling a function).
8 When a file was converted from 'fileencoding' to 'encoding', a tag search
should also do this on the search pattern. (Andrzej M. Ostruszka)
8 When filtering changes the encoding 'fileencoding' may not work. E.g.,
when using xxd and 'fileencoding' is "utf-16". Add an option to set a
different fileencoding for filter output?
7 When converting a file fails, mention which byte could not be converted,
so that the user can fix the problem.
8 Add configure option to be able to disable using the iconv library. (Udo
9 'aleph' should be set to 1488 for Unicode. (Zvi Har'El)
8 Should add test for using various commands with multi-byte characters.
8 'infercase' doesn't work with multi-byte characters.
8 toupper() function doesn't handle byte count changes.
7 Searching and composing characters:
When searching, should order of composing characters be ignored?
Add special item to match with a composing character, zero-width, so that
one can replace a base character and keep the composing characters.
Add a special item to match with a composing character, so that composing
characters can be manipulated.
Add a modifier to ignore composing characters, only compare base
characters. Useful for Hebrew (Ron Aaron)
8 Should implement 'delcombine' for command line editing.
8 Detect overlong UTF-8 sequences and handle them like illegal bytes.
8 ":s/x/\u\1/" doesn't work, making uppercase isn't done for multi-byte
8 UTF-8: "r" in Visual mode doesn't take composing characters.
8 UTF-8: When there is a precomposed character in the font, use it instead
of a character and a composing character. See xterm for an example.
7 When a character can't be displayed, display its digraph instead.
'display' option to specify this.
7 Use ideas for nl_langinfo() from Markus Kuhn in enc_default():
- GTK and Win32: Allow selecting fonts for 'guifontset' with the
fontselector somehow.
- GTK and Win32: make it possible to set the font for the menu to make it
possible to have 'encoding' different from the current locale.
- dbcs_class() only works for Japanese and Korean. Implement this for
other encodings. The "euc-jp" and "euc-kr" choices might be wrong.
- Find some way to automatically select the right GUI font or fontset,
depending on the default value of 'encoding'.
Irrelevant in the GTK+ 2 GUI so long as UTF-8 is used.
For Windows, the charset_pairs[] table could be used. But how do we know
if a font exists?
- Do keyboard conversion from 'termencoding' to 'encoding' with
convert_input() for Mac GUI and RiscOS GUI.
- Add mnemonics from RFC1345 longer than two characters.
Support CTRL-K _{mnemonic}_
7 In "-- INSERT (lang) --" show the name of the keymap used instead of
"lang". (Ilya Dogolazky)
- Make 'breakat' accept multi-byte characters. Problem: can't use a lookup
table anymore (breakat_flags[]).
Simplistic solution: when 'formatoptions' contains "m" also break a line
at a multi-byte character >= 0x100.
- Add the possibility to enter mappings which are used whenever normal text
could be entered. E.g., for "f" command. But not in Normal mode. Sort
of opposite of 'langmap'. Use ":tmap" command?
- When breaking a line, take properties of multi-byte characters into
account. The "linebreak" program from Bruno Haible can do it:
But it's very complicated...
7 Implement "undercurl" for printing.
- Add "page width" to wrap long lines.
- Win32: use a font dialog for setting 'printfont'. Can reuse the code for
the 'guifont' dialog, put the common code in a separate function.
- Add the file timestamp to the page header (with an option). (George
- Win32: when 'printfont' is empty use 'guifont'.
- Unix: Use some dialog box to do the obvious settings (paper size, printer
name, portrait/landscape, etc).
- PostScript: Only works for text that can be converted to an 8-bit
character set. How to support Unicode fully?
- Allow specifying the paper size, instead of using a standard size. Same
units as for the margins.
- Support right-to-left text?
8 Make the foreground color darkening function preserve the hue of the
Syntax highlighting:
8 Make ":syn off" use 'runtimepath' instead of $VIMRUNTIME. (Gary Johnson)
Should do the same for ":syn on" and ":syn manual".
8 Support "containedin" argument for ":syn include", so that the defined
cluster can be added to existing syntax items.
8 C syntax: Don't highlight {} as errors inside () when used like this:
"({ something })", often used in GCC code.
7 Add a "startgroup" to a region. Used like "nextgroup" inside the region,
preferred item at the start of the region. (Charles Campbell)
8 When editing a new file without a name and giving it a name (by writing
it) and 'filetype' is not set, detect the filetype. Avoid doing it for
":wq file".
7 For "nextgroup" we have skipwhite, skipnl and skipempty. It would be
really nice to be able to skip with a pattern. Or skip with a syntax
group. (Nikolai Weibull, 2007 Feb 27)
8 Make conversion to HTML faster (Write it in C or pre-compile the script).
9 There is still a redraw bug somewhere. Probably because a cached state is
used in a wrong way. I can't reproduce it...
7 Be able to change only the background highlighting. Useful for Diff* and
Search highlighting.
7 When 'number' is set highlight the number of the current line.
Must be enabled with an option, because it slows down display updating.
8 Allow the user to add items to the Syntax menu sorted, without having to
change this for each release.
8 Add a "matchcontains" for regions: items contained in the start or end
pattern, but not in the body.
8 Add a "keepend-contained" argument: Don't change the end of an item this
one is contained in. Like "keepend" but specified on the contained item,
instead of the containing item.
8 cpp.vim: In C++ it's allowed to use {} inside ().
8 Some syntax files set 'iskeyword'. When switching to another filetype
this isn't reset. Add a special keyword definition for the syntax rules?
When this is done, use vim.vim syntax highlighting for help file examples,
but without ":" in 'iskeyword' for syntax.
8 Add specific syntax item to match with parens/braces that don't have a
"%" match. :syntax nomatch cMatchError (,{,[,),},] [contained]
8 Highlight the text between two matching parens (e.g., with a grey
background) when on one of the parens or in between them.
Option for the matchparen plugin?
8 Add a command to jump to the next character highlighted with "Error".
8 When using a cterm, and no ctermfg or ctermbg are defined, use start/stop
sequences. Add remark in docs that :if 'term' == "term-name" should be
8 Add @spell cluster to String and Comment groups for many languages. Will
allow spell checking. (Fleiner)
8 When listing syntax items, try to sort the keywords alphabetically. And
re-insert the [] if possible.
8 Make it possible to use color of text for Visual highlight group (like for
the Cursor).
8 It would be useful to make the highlight group name an expression. Then
when there is a match, the expression would be evaluated to find out what
highlight group to use. Could be used to check if the shell used in a
password file appears in /etc/shells. (Nikolai Weibull)
syn match =s:checkShell(v:match) contained 'pattern'
8 Make it possible to only highlight a sub-expression of a match. Like
using "\1" in a ":s" command.
8 Support for deleting syntax items:
:syn keyword cTodo remove this
:syn match cTodo remove "pattern"
:syn region cString remove start="this" end="that"
8 Add possibility to sync on something else, when the syncing in one way
doesn't find match. For HTML: When no {script} is found, try looking for
a '<'. (Fleiner)
7 Replace the synchronizing method with a state machine specification?
Should be able to start at any line in the file, search forwards or
backwards, and use the result of matching a pattern.
7 Use parsing like awk, so that e.g., a ( without a matching ) can be
8 Make it possible to use "inverted" highlighting, invert the original
character. For Visual mode. (xterm-selection already does this).
8 Highlight non-printable characters with "SpecialChar", linked to
"Special". Display them with the digraph characters, if possible.
8 Highlight the clipboard-selection with a highlight group.
8 Be able to reset highlighting to its original (default) values.
7 Be able to write current highlighting to a file as commands, similar to
8 Improve c.vim:
- Add check for unterminated strings, with a variable to switch it on:
- Detect unbalanced "#endif". Requires looking back a long way...
8 Add an option to restrict the updating of syntax highlighting to the
current line while in Insert mode.
8 When guessing value of 'background', the syntax file has already been
loaded (from the .gvimrc). After changing 'background', load it again?
8 Add ":syn resync" command, to re-parse the whole file until the current
display position.
8 Should support "me" offset for a region start pattern. To be used to
allow searching for the end pattern inside the match of the end pattern.
Example: syn region pikeXX start="([^{]" end=")" should work on "()".
8 When using a regexp for "contains=", should delay matching with it until
redrawing happens. Set a flag when a group is added, check this flag when
highlighting starts.
8 Some terminals can display colors like the GUI. Add some setting to use
GUI colors for the terminal? With something to define the escape
7 It's possible for an item to be transparent, so that the colors of an item
lower on the stack is used. Also do this with highlighting, so that the
user can set transparent highlighting? E.g. a number in a C comment would
get the color of a comment, a number in an assignment Normal. (Nikolai
7 Add "semitrans": Add highlighting. E.g., make the text bold, but keep the
colors. And add colors, so that Green+Red becomes Yellow.
E.g. for this html:
<B> bold text <I> italic+bold text </B> italic text </I>
7 Wild idea: Not only set highlighting, but also change what is displayed
(e.g., remove characters, so that "<B>bold</B>" can be shown as "bold"):
:syn region boldstuff start="<B>" display="" end="</B>" display=""
7 CTRL-] checks the highlight group for finding out what the tag is.
7 Add an explanation how a list of words can be used to highlight misspelled
8 Add more command line completion for :syntax.
8 Add more command line completion for :highlight.
7 Should find a better way to parse the :syntax and :highlight commands.
Use tables or lists that can be shared by parsing for execution and
8 Add ColorSchemePost autocommand event, so that scripts can set up their
highlighting. (Salman Halim)
7 Add a few sets of colors (e.g. Borland Turbo C one). With a menu to
select one of the sets.
8 Add offsets to sub-matches: "\(a*\) *"he=e1-1
'e' is end of match 'e1' is end of sub-match 1, 's2' is start of submatch
2, etc.
8 In Insert mode, when there are typeahead characters, postpone the
highlighting (for "." command).
8 Syncing on comments isn't 100% correct when / / lines mix with / * and * /.
For example: What about a line that starts with / / and contains * /?
8 Ignore / * and * / inside strings, when syncing.
7 Build a few more syntax files from the file "/usr/share/misc/vgrindefs":
ISP, LDL, Icon, ratfor. And check "nedit/source/highlight.c".
6 Add possibility to have background color continue until the right edge of
the window. Useful for comment blocks and function headings. (Rogall)
- Make it possible to add "contains" items for all items in a group. Useful
when extending an already existing syntax file.
- Add line-continuation pattern for non-syncing items too?
- Add possibility to highlight the whole line, including the right margin
(for comment blocks).
- Add 'hlmatch' option: List of flags:
'c': highlight match for character under the cursor.
'b': highlight the previous (, and its match.
'a': highlight all text from the previous ( until its match.
Also for {}, <>, etc.?
'e': highlight all braces without a match (slow?)
OR: add an argument "cursor" to the syntax command, which means that the
region/match/keyword is only highlighted when the cursor is on it.
Or do it like Elvis: define text objects and how to highlight them around
the cursor. (Iain Truskett)
7 Make it possible to use all words in the tags files as Keyword.
Can also be done with a script (but it's slow).
7 Make it possible to call a ":" command when a match is found. Should
allow for adding keywords from the text (e.g. variables that are set).
And allows for sections with different highlighting.
7 Add highlight group for commandline: "Commandline". Make sure it
highlights the command line while typing a command, and any output from
messages. And external commands?
8 Make a version that works like less, but with highlighting: read stdin for
text, exit at end of file, don't allow editing, etc. moreim? lessim?
7 SpecialKey highlighting overrules syntax highlighting. Can't give an
unprintable char another color. Would be useful for ^M at end of line.
Built-in script language:
8 Make the filename and line number available to script functions, so that
they can give useful debugging info. The whole call stack would be ideal.
7 Execute a function with standard option values. No need to save and
restore option values. Especially useful for new options. Problem: how
to avoid a performance penalty (esp. for string options)?
8 Add referring to key options with "&t_xx". Both for "echo &t_xx" and
":let &t_xx =". Useful for making portable mappings.
- Add ":let var ?= value", conditional assignment. Patch by Dave Eggum,
2006 Dec 11.
- range for ":exec", pass it on to the executed command. (Webb)
7 ":include" command: just like ":source" but doesn't start a new scriptID?
Will be tricky for the list of script names.
8 Have a look at VSEL. Would it be useful to include? (Bigham)
8 Add ":fungroup" command, to group function definitions together. When
encountered, all functions in the group are removed. Suggest using an
obscure name to avoid name clashes. Require a ":fungroup END" in the same
sourced file? Assume the group ends at the end of the file. Handle
nested packages?
Alternative: Support packages. {package-name}:{function-name}().
Packages are loaded automatically when first used, from
$VIMRUNTIME/packages (or use a search path).
7 Pre-parse or compile Vim scripts into a bytecode.
1. Put the bytecode with the original script, with an ":if
has('bytecode')" around it, so that it's only used with a Vim that
supports it. Update the code with a command, can be used in an
2. Use a ".vic" file (like Python use .pyc). Create it when writing a
.vim file. Problem: distribution.
3. Use a cache directory for each user. How to recognize which cached
file belongs to a sourced script?
7 Add argument to winwidth() to subtract the space taken by 'foldcolumn',
signs and/or 'number'.
6 Add ++ and -- operators? They only work on variables (lvals), how to
implement this?
8 Add functions:
has(":command") Check if ":command" works. compare function
with "ex_ni". E.g. for ":simalt".
system() With a List argument. Bypasses the shell, use
exec() directly. (Bob Hiestand)
escape() Add argument to specify what to escape with.
modestack() Instead of just the current mode return the
stack of Insert / CTRL-O / :normal things.
realname() Get user name (first, last, full)
user_fullname() patch by Nikolai Weibull, Nov
3 2002
Only add this when also implemented for
non-Unix systems, otherwise a shell cmd could
be used.
get_user_name() gets login name.
menuprop({name}, {idx}, {what})
Get menu property of menu {name} item {idx}.
menuprop("", 1, "name") returns "File".
menuprop("File", 1, "n") returns "nmenu
File.Open..." argument.
Patch by Ilya Sher, 2004 Apr 22
Return a list of menus and/or a dictionary
with properties instead.
mapname({idx}, mode) return the name of the idx'th mapping.
Patch by Ilya Sher, 2004 Mar 4.
Return a list instead.
char2hex() convert char string to hex string.
attributes() return file protection flags "drwxrwxrwx"
filecopy(from, to) Copy a file
shorten(fname) shorten a file name, like home_replace()
perl(cmd) call Perl and return string
inputrl() like input() but right-to-left
typed() return the characters typed and consumed (to
find out what happened)
virtualmode() add argument to obtain whether "$" was used in
Visual block mode.
getacp() Win32: get codepage (Glenn Maynard)
deletebufline() delete line in any buffer
appendbufline() append line in any buffer
libcall() Allow more than one argument.
libcallext() Like libcall(), but using a callback function
to allow the library to execute a command or
evaluate an expression.
7 Make bufname("'0") return the buffer name from mark '0. How to get the
column and line number? col("'0") currently returns zero.
8 argc() returns 0 when using "vim -t tag". How to detect that no file was
specified in any way? To be able to jump to the last edited file.
8 Pass the command line arguments to Vim scripts in some way. As v:args
List? Or extra parameter to argv()?
8 Add command arguments with three dashes, passed on to Vim scripts.
7 Add optional arguments to user functions:
:func myFunc(arg1, arg2, arg3 = "blah", arg4 = 17)
6 User functions: Functions local to buffer "b:func()"?
8 For Strings add ":let var[{expr}] = {expr}". When past the end of "var"
just ignore.
8 The "= register should be writable, if followed by the name of a variable,
option or environment variable.
8 ":let &option" should list the value of the option.
8 ":let Func().foo = value" should work, also when "foo" doesn't exist.
Also: ":let Func()[foo] = value" should work. Same for a List.
7 Add synIDlist(), making the whole list of syntax items on the syntax stack
available as a List.
8 Add autocommand-event for when a variable is changed:
:au VarChanged {varname} {commands}
8 Add "has("gui_capable")", to check if the GUI can be started.
8 Add possibility to use variables like registers: characterwise (default),
linewise (when ending in '\n'), blockwise (when ending in '\001'). reg0,
rega, reg%, etc. Add functions linewise({expr}), blockwise({expr}) and
7 Make it possible to do any command on a string variable (make a buffer
with one line, containing the string). Maybe add an (invisible) scratch
buffer for this?
result = scratch(string, command)
result = apply(string, command)
result = execute(string, command)
"command" would use <> notation.
Does scratch buffer have a number? Or re-use same number?
7 Add function to generate unique number (date in milliseconds).
7 Automatically load a function from a file when it is called. Need an
option for the search path. (Sekera)
6 Add file locking. Lock a file when starting to edit it with flock() or
fcntl(). This patch has advisory file locking while reading/writing
the file for Vim 5.4: ~/vim/patches/kahn_file_locking .
The patch is incomplete (needs support for more systems, autoconf).
Andy doesn't have time to work on it.
Disadvantage: Need to find ways to gracefully handle failure to obtain a
lock. When to release a lock: When buffer is unloaded?
7 For string variables up to 3 bytes don't allocate memory, use v_list
itself as a character array. Use VAR_SSTRING (short string).
8 move_lines() copies every line into allocated memory, making reloading a
buffer a lot slower than re-editing the file. Can the memline be locked
so that we don't need to make a copy? Or avoid invoking ml_updatechunk(),
that is taking a lot of time. (Ralf Wildenhues, 2008 Jul 7)
8 Instead of loading rgb.txt every time a color wasn't recognized load it
once and keep it in memory. Move the code to a common place to avoid
repeating it in various system files.
8 Turn b_syn_ic and b_syn_containedin into b_syn_flags.
9 Loading menu.vim still takes quite a bit of time. How to make it faster?
8 in_id_list() takes much time for syntax highlighting. Cache the result?
7 setpcmark() shifts the jumplist, this takes quite a bit of time when
jumping around. Instead use an index for the start?
8 When displaying a space with only foreground highlighting, it's the same
as a space without attributes. Avoid displaying spaces for the "~" lines
when starting up in a color terminal.
8 Avoid alloc() for scratch buffer use, esp. in syntax.c. It's very slow on
8 Profiling shows that in_id_list() is used very often for C code. Can this
function be improved?
8 For an existing file, the page size of the swap file is always the
default, instead of using the block size of the device, because the swap
file is created only after setting the block size in mf_open(). How can
this be improved?
8 Set default for 'ttyscroll' to half a screen height? Should speed up
MS-DOS version. (Negri)
7 C syntax highlighting gets a lot slower after ":set foldmethod=syntax".
(Charles Campbell) Inserting a "{" is very slow. (dman)
7 HTML syntax highlighting is slow for long lines. Try displaying (Andre Pang)
7 Check how performance of loading the wordlist can be improved (adding a
lot of abbreviations).
7 DOS console: Add t_DL support, to make scrolling faster.
7 Compile Ex commands to byte codes. Store byte codes in a vim script file
at the end, after "compiled:. Make it look like a single comment line
for old Vim versions. Insert first line "Vim script compiled <timestamp>.
Only used compiled code when timestamp matches the file stat.
Add command to compile a vim script and add it to the file in-place.
Split Ex command executing into a parsing and executing phase.
Use compiled code for functions, while loops, etc.
8 When editing a file with extremely long lines (e.g., an executable), the
"linerest" in readfile() is allocated twice to be able to copy what was
read so far. Use realloc() instead? Or split the line when allocating
memory fails and "linerest" is big (> 100000)?
8 When defining autocommands (e.g., from $VIMRUNTIME/filetype.vim), need to
compare each pattern with all existing patterns. Use a hash code to avoid
using strcmp() too often?
7 Include turbo_loader patches, speeding up reading a file?
Speed up reading a file by reading it into a fixed-size buffer, creating
the list of indexes in another buffer, and then copying the result into a
memfile block with two copies. Then read the next block into another
fixed-size buffer, create the second list of indexes and copy text from
the two blocks to the memfile block.
7 do_cmdline(): Avoid that the command line is copied to allocated memory
and freed again later all the time. For while loops, and for when called
with an argument that can be messed with.
Generic solution: Make a struct that contains a pointer and a flag that
indicates if the pointer should be freed when replaced.
7 Check that the file size is not more than "sizeof(long)".
- Further improve finding mappings in maphash[] in vgetorpeek()
8 Syntax highlighting is slow when deleting lines. Try in
- "out of memory" after deleting (1,$d) and changing (:%s/^/> /) a lot of
lines (27000) a few times. Memory fragmentation?
- Have a look at how pdksh does memory allocation (alloc.c). (Dalecki)
- Do profiling on:
- :g/pat/normal cmd
- 1000ii<Esc>
- deleting 10Mbyte worth of lines (netscape binary)
- "[i" and "[d" (Yegappan Lakshmanan)
- ":g/^/m0" on a 450Kbyte file. And the "u".
- highlighting "~/vim/test/longline.tex", "~/vim/test/scwoop.tcl" and
- loading a syntax file to highlight all words not from a dictionary.
- editing a Vim script with syntax highlighting on (loading vim.vim).
7 Screen updating can be further improved by only redrawing lines that were
changed (and lines after them, when syntax highlighting was used, and it
- On each change, remember start and end of the change.
- When inserting/deleting lines, remember begin, end, and line count.
- Use macros/duarte/capicua for profiling. Nvi 1.71 is the fastest!
- When using a file with one long line (1Mbyte), then do "$hhhh", is still
very slow. Avoid calling getvcol() for each "h"?
- Executing a register, e.g. "10000@@" is slow, because ins_typebuf has to
move the previous commands forward each time. Pass count from
normal_cmd() down to do_execreg().
- Repeating insert "1000i-<Esc>" displays --INSERT-- all the time, because of
the <Esc> at the end. Make this work faster (disable redrawing).
- Avoid calls to plines() for cursor line, use w_cline_height.
- After ":set nowrap" remove superfluous redraw with wrong hor. offset if
cursor is right of the screen.
8 Make CTRL-C on Unix generate a signal, avoid using select() to check for a
CTRL-C (it's slow).
Code size:
8 GUI: When NO_CONSOLE is defined, more code can be excluded.
- Put getline() and cookie in a struct, so only one argument has to be
passed to do_cmdline() and other functions.
8 Make a GUI-only version for Unix?
8 In buf_write _() isn't needed when setting errmsg, do it once when using
7 When compiling with a GUI-only version, the code for cterm colors can be
left out.
8 When compiled with a GUI-only version, the termcap entries for terminals
can be removed.
8 Can the check for libelf in be removed?
8 When using ":q" in a changed file, the error says to "add !". Add the
command so that beginners understand it: "use :q!".
8 For 'verbose' level 12 prints commands from source'ed files. How to skip
lines that aren't executed? Perhaps move the echoing to do_cmdline()?
8 Use 'report' for ":bdel"? (Krishna) To avoid these messages when using a
- Delete message after new command has been entered and have waited for key.
Perhaps after ten seconds?
- Make message history available in "msg" variables: msg1, msg2, .. msg9.
8 When reading from stdin allow suppressing the "reading from stdin"
9 Check handling of overwriting of messages and delays:
Very wrong: errors while redrawing cause endless loop.
When switching to another file and screen scrolls because of the long
message and return must be typed, don't scroll the screen back before
8 When address range is wrong you only get "Invalid range". Be a bit more
specific: Negative, beyond last line, reverse range? Include the text.
8 Make it possible to ignore errors for a moment ('errorignore'?). Another
option to switch off giving error messages ('errorquiet'?). Also an option
not to give any messages ('quiet')? Or ":quiet on", ":quiet off".
Careful: For a severe error (out of memory), and when the user starts
typing, error messages must be switched back on.
Also a flag to ignore error messages for shell commands (for mappings).
- Option to set time for emsg() sleep. Interrupt sleep when key is typed?
Sleep before second message?
8 In Ex silent mode or when reading commands from a file, what exactly is
not printed and what is? Check ":print", ":set all", ":args", ":vers",
etc. At least there should be no prompt. (Smulders) And don't clear the
screen when reading commands from stdin. (Kendall)
--> Make a difference between informative messages, prompts, etc. and
error messages, printing text, etc.
8 Window should be redrawn when resizing at the hit-enter prompt.
Also at the ":tselect" prompt. Find a generic solution for redrawing when
a prompt is present (with a callback function?).
Screen updating:
7 Add a string to the 'display' option to make CTRL-E and CTRL-Y scroll one
screen line, also if this means the first line doesn't start with the
first character (like what happens with a single line that doesn't fit).
- screen_line():
- insert/delete character stuff.
- improve delete rest of line (spaces at end of line).
- When moving or resizing window, try to avoid a complete redraw (esp. when
dragging the status line with the mouse).
- When 'lazyredraw' set, don't echo :ex commands? Need a flag to redraw when
waiting for a character.
8 Add a ":refresh [winnr]" command, to force updating a window. Useful from
an event handler where ":normal" can't be used. Also useful when
'lazyredraw' is set in a mapping.
7 Make 'list' and 'linebreak' work together.
8 Add "zm" command: scroll horizontally to put the cursor in the middle.
6 Add option to set the overlap for CTRL-F and CTRL-B. (Garhi)
- extend 'scrollbind' option: 'scrollopt' words "search", "relative", etc..
Also 'e'xecute some commands (search, vertical movements) in all bound
7 Add 'scrollbind' feature to make the offset of one window with the next
one equal to the window height. When editing one file in both windows it
looks like each window displays a page of the buffer.
- Allow scrolling by dragging with the mouse (grab a character and move it
up/down). Like the "hand" in Acrobat reader. Use Alt-LeftMouse for this?
- Add command to execute some commands (search, vertical movements) in all
bound windows.
- Add 'search' option to 'scrollopt' to allow 'scrollbind' windows to
be bound by regexp searches
- Add "z>" and "z<": scroll sideways one screenful. (Campbell)
- Add option to set the number of lines when not to scroll, instead of the
fixed number used now (for terminals that scroll slow with a large number
of lines but not with a single line).
8 Should use acconfig.h to define prototypes that are used by autoheader.
8 Some compilers don't give an error for "-OPT:Olimit" but a warning. (Webb)
Add a check for the warning, so that "Olimit" can be added automatically?
- Autoconf: Use @datadir@ for the system independent files. Make sure the
system dependent and system independent files are separated. (Leitner).
- Add autoconf check for waitpid()/wait4().
- Remove fcntl() from autoconf, all systems have it?
- Set default for 'dictionary', add search for dictionary to autoconf.
Perl interface:
8 Rename typemap file to something else?
7 Make buffers accessed as Perl arrays. (Clark)
7 Make it possible to compile with non-ANSI C?
6 Tcl/Tk has the "load" command: load a shared library (.so or .dll).
Shared libraries:
6 Add support for loading shared libraries, and calling functions in it.
:libload internal-name libname
:libunload internal-name
:libcall internal-name function(arg1, arg2, ...)
:libcall function(arg1, arg2, ...)
libcall() can have only one integer or String argument at the moment.
6 Have a look on how Perl handles loading dynamic libraries.
9 With ":set tags=./tags,../tags" and a tag appears in both tags files it is
added twice. Requires figuring out the actual file name for each found
match. Remove tag_fname from the match and combine it with the fname in
the match (without expanding or other things that take time). When
'tagrelative' is off tag_fname isn't needed at all.
8 For 'tags' wildcard in the file name is not supported, only in the path.
This is due to it using |file-searching|. Suboptimal solution would be to
make the filename or the whole option use |wildcards| globing, better
would be to merge the 2 kinds of globing. originall (Erik Falor, 2008
April 18), updated (Ian Kelling, 2008 July 4)
8 Use a mechanism similar to omni completion to figure out the kind of tab
for CTRL-] and jump to the appropriate matching tag (if there are
Alternative: be able to define a function that takes the tag name and uses
taglist() to find the right location. With indication of using CTRL-] so
that the context can be taken into account. (Robert Webb)
7 Can CTRL-] (jump to tag) include a following "." and "->" to restrict the
number of possible matches? Check tags file for an item that has members.
(Flemming Madsen)
8 Scope arguments for ":tag", e.g.: ":tag class:cPage open", like Elvis.
8 When output of ":tselect" is long, getting the more-prompt, should be able
to type the tag number directly.
7 Add the possibility to use the "-t {tag}" argument multiple times. Open a
window for each tag.
7 Make output of ":tselect" a bit nicer. Use highlighting?
7 Highlight the "tag 1 of >2" message. New highlight group, or same as "hit
bottom" search message.
7 When using ":tag" at the top of the tag stack, should add another entry,
so CTRL-T can bring you back to where you are now AND to where you were
before the previous ":tag" command. (Webb)
- When doing "[^I" or "[^D" add position to tag stack.
- Add command to put current position to tag stack: ":tpush".
- Add functions to save and restore the tag stack? Or a command to switch
to another tag stack? So that you can do something else and come back to
what you were working on.
7 When using CTRL-] on someClass::someMethod, separate class from method and
use ":ta class:someClass someMethod".
Include C++ tags changes (Bertin). Change "class::func" tag into "func"
with "class=class"? Docs in oldmail/bertin/
7 Add ":tagargs", to set values for fields:
:tagargs class:someclass file:version.c
:tagargs clear
These are then the default values (changes the order of priority in tag
7 Support for "gtags" and "global"? With ":rtag" command?
There is an example for how to do this in Nvi.
Or do it like Elvis: 'tagprg' and 'tagprgonce' options. (Yamaguchi)
The Elvis method is far more flexible, do it that way.
7 Support "col:99" extra field, to position the cursor in that column. With
a flag in 'cpoptions' to switch it off again.
7 Better support for jumping to where a function or variable is used. Use
the id-utils, with a connection to "gid" (Emacs can do it too). Add
":idselect", which uses an "ID" database (made by "mkid") like "tselect".
Win32 GUI:
8 Make debug mode work while starting up (vim -D). Open console window for
the message and input?
7 The Python interface only works with one version of Python, selected at
compile time. Can this be made to work with version 2.1 and 2.2
7 GvimExt: when there are several existing Vims, move the list to a submenu.
(Mike McCollister)
8 When using "Edit with Vim" for one file it changes directory, when several
files are selected and using "Edit with single Vim" the directory isn't
changed. At least change directory when the path is the same for all
files. Perhaps just use the path of the first file or use the longest
common part of the path.
8 Add font argument to set the lfCharSet. (Bobcik)
8 Somehow automatically detect the system language and set $LANG, so that
gettext and menus work.
8 Could keep console open to run multiple commands, to avoid the need to hit
return in every console.
Also: Look at how Emacs does run external commands:
8 Need a separate PopUp menu for modeless selection. Need two new commands:
Copy selection to clipboard, Paste selection (as typed text).
8 Support copy/paste for other file formats. At least HTML, perhaps RTF.
Add "copy special" and "paste special" commands?
7 Use different default colors, to match the current Windows color scheme.
Sys_WindowText, Sys_Window, etc. (Lionel Schaffhauser)
7 Use <C-Tab> to cycle through open windows (e.g., the find dialog).
7 <Esc> should close a dialog.
7 Keep the console for external commands open. Don't wait for a key to be
hit. Re-open it when the user has closed it anyway. Or use a prepended
command: ":nowait {cmd}", or ":quiet", which executes {cmd} without any
7 Should be able to set an option so that when you double click a file that
is associated with Vim, you can either get a new instance of Vim, or have
the file added into an already running Vim.
7 The "-P" argument only works for the current codepage. Use wide
functions to find the window title.
8 Make inputdialog() work for Photon, Amiga, RiscOS.
- <C--> cannot be mapped. Should be possible to recognize this as a
normal "-" with the Ctrl modifier.
7 Implement ":popup" for other systems than Windows.
8 Implement ":tearoff" for other systems than Win32 GUI.
6 Implement ":untearoff": hide a torn-off menu.
8 When using the scrollbar to scroll, don't move the cursor position. When
moving the cursor: scroll to the cursor position.
9 Make <S-Insert> paste from the clipboard by default. (Kunze)
7 Menu local to a buffer, like mappings. Or local to a filetype?
8 In Buffers menu, add a choice whether selecting a buffer opens it in the
current window, splits the window or uses ":hide".
8 Dragging the mouse pointer outside of a Vim Window should make the text
scroll. Return a value from gui_send_mouse_event() to the machine
specific code to indicate the time in which the event should be repeated.
8 Make it possible to ignore a mouse click when it's used to give Vim (gvim)
window focus. Also when a mouse click is used to bring a window to front.
8 Make the split into system independent code and system specific code more
explicit. There are too many #ifdefs in gui.c.
If possible, separate the Vim code completely from the GUI code, to allow
running them in separate processes.
7 X11: Support cursorColor resource and "-cr" argument.
8 X11 (and others): CTRL-; is not different from ';'. Set the modifier mask
to include CTRL for keys where CTRL produces the same ASCII code.
7 Add some code to handle proportional fonts on more systems? Need to draw
each character separately (like xterm). Also for when a double-width font
is not exactly double-width. (Maeda)
8 Should take font from xterm where gvim was started (if no other default).
8 Selecting font names in X11 is difficult, make a script or something to
select one.
8 Visual highlighting should keep the same font (bold, italic, etc.).
8 Add flag to 'guioptions' to not put anything in the clipboard at all?
8 Should support a way to use keys that we don't recognize yet. Add a
command that adds entries to special_keys somehow. How do we make this
portable (X11, Win32, ..)?
7 Add a flag to 'guioptions' that tells not to remove inactive menu items.
For systems where greying-out or removing menu items is very slow. The
menu items would remain visibly normally, but not do anything.
7 Add ":minimize" and ":maximize", which iconize the window and back.
Useful when using gvim to run a script (e.g. 2html.vim).
7 X11: Is it possible to free allocated colors, so that other programs can
use them again? Otherwise, allow disabling allocating the default colors.
Or allocate an own colormap (check UAE). With an option to use it. For
the commandline, "-install" is mostly used for X11 programs.
7 Add command line argument for "gvim" not to start the GUI. Sort of the
inverse of "vim -g". (Vikas)
7 Should support multi-column menus.
- Should add option for where to put the "Help" menu: like Motif at the far
right, or with the other menus (but still at the right).
- Add menu item to "Keep Insert mode".
8 ":mkgvimrc" command, that includes menus.
6 Big change: Move GUI to separate program "vimgui", to make startup of vim a
lot faster, but still be able to do "vim -g" or ":gui".
7 More explicit mouse button binding instead of 'mousemodel'?
7 Add option to set the position of the window on the screen. 'windowpos',
which has a value of "123,456": <x>,<y>.
Or add a command, like ":winsize"?
7 Add toolbar for more GUIs.
8 Make it possible to use "amenu icon=BuiltIn##", so that the toolbar item
name can be chosen free.
7 Make it possible to put the toolbar on top, left, right and/or bottom of
the window? Allows for softkey-like use.
6 Separate the part of Vim that does the editing from the part that runs the
GUI. Communicate through a pseudo-tty. Vim starts up, creates a
pty that is connected to the terminal. When the GUI starts, the pty is
reconnected to the GUI process. When the GUI stops, it is connected to
the terminal again. Also use the pty for external processes, it looks
like a vt100 terminal to them. Vim uses extra commands to communicate GUI
7 Motif: For a confirm() dialog <Enter> should be ignored when no default
button selected, <Esc> should close the dialog.
7 When using a pseudo-tty Vim should behave like some terminal (vt52 looks
simple enough). Terminal codes to/from shell should be translated.
- Would it be useful to be able to quit the GUI and go back to the terminal
where it was started from?
7 Support "-visual <type>" command line argument.
- Put autocommand event names in a hashtable for faster lookup?
8 When the SwapExists event is triggered, provide information about the
swap file, e.g., whether the process is running, file was modified, etc.
Must be possible to check the situation that it's probably OK to delete
the swap file. (Marc Merlin)
8 When all the patterns for an event are "*" there is no need to expand
buffer names to a full path. This can be slow for NFS.
7 For autocommand events that trigger multiple times per buffer (e.g.,
CursorHold), go through the list once and cache the result for a specific
buffer. Invalidate the cache when adding/deleting autocommands or
changing the buffer name.
8 Add ScriptReadCmd event: used to load remote Vim scripts, e.g.
"vim -u http://mach/path/vimrc".
7 Add TagJump event: do something after jumping to a tag.
8 Add "TagJumpFile" autocommand: When jumping to another file for a tag.
Can be used to open "main.c.gz" when "main.c" isn't found.
8 Use another option than 'updatetime' for the CursorHold event. The two
things are unrelated for the user (but the implementation is more
7 Add autocommand event for when a buffer cannot be abandoned. So that the
user can define the action taking (autowrite, dialog, fail) based on the
kind of file. (Yakov Lerner) Or is BufLeave sufficient?
8 Autocommand for when modified files have been found, when getting input
focus again (e.g., FileChangedFocus).
Check when: getting focus, jumping to another buffer, ...
7 Autocommand for when an option is changed. Match buffer name or option
8 Autocommands should not change registers. And marks? And the jumplist?
And anything else? Add a command to save and restore these things.
8 Add autocommands, user functions and user commands to ":mkvimrc".
6 Add KeymapChanged event, so that the effects of a different keymap can be
handled (e.g., other font) (Ron Aaron)
7 When trying to open a directory, trigger an OpenDirectory event.
7 Add file type in front of file pattern: <d> for directory, <l> for link,
<x> for executable, etc. <&xxx> for Risc OS. With commas to separate
alternatives. The autocommand is only executed when both the file type
AND the file pattern match. (Leonard)
5 Add option that specifies extensions which are to be discarded from the
file name. E.g. 'ausuffix', with ".gz,.orig". Such that file.c.gz will
trigger the "*.c" autocommands. (Belabas)
7 Add something to break the autocommands for the current event, and for
what follows. Useful for a "BufWritePre" that wants to avoid writing the
8 When editing "tt.gz", which is in DOS format, 'fileformat' stays at
"unix", thus writing the file changes it. Somehow detect that the read
command used dos fileformat. Same for 'fileencoding'.
- Add events to autocommands:
Error - When an error happens
NormalEnter - Entering Normal mode
ReplaceEnter - Entering Replace mode
CmdEnter - Entering Cmdline mode (with type of cmdline to allow
different mapping)
VisualEnter - Entering Visual mode
*Leave - Leaving a mode (in pair with the above *Enter)
VimLeaveCheck - Before Vim decides to exit, so that it can be cancelled
when exiting isn't a good idea.
CursorHoldC - CursorHold while command-line editing
WinMoved - when windows have been moved around, e.g, ":wincmd J"
CmdUndefined - Like FuncUndefined but for user commands.
SearchPost - After doing a search command (e.g. to do "M")
- Before/after ":cd" has been used (for changing the
window title)
BufReadAction - replaces reading a file
BufWriteAction - replaces writing a file
ShutDown - when the system is about to shut down
InsertCharPre - user typed character Insert mode, before inserting the
char. Pattern is matched with text before the cursor.
Set v:char to the character, can be changed.
(not triggered when 'paste' is set).
InsertCharPost - user typed a character in Insert mode, after inserting
the char.
BufModified - When a buffer becomes modified, or unmodified (for
putting a [+] in the window title or checking out the
file from CVS).
BufFirstChange - When making a change, when 'modified' is set. Can be
used to do a :preserve for remote files.
BufChange - after a change was made. Set some variables to indicate
the position and number of inserted/deleted lines, so
that marks can be updated. HierAssist has patch to add
BufChangePre, BufChangePost and RevertBuf. (Shah)
ViewChanged - triggered when the text scrolls and when the window size
WinResized - After a window has been resized
WinClose - Just before closing a window
- Write the file now and then ('autosave'):
*'autosave'* *'as'* *'noautosave'* *'noas'*
'autosave' 'as' number (default 0)
Automatically write the current buffer to file N seconds after the
last change has been made and when |'modified'| is still set.
Default: 0 = do not autosave the buffer.
Alternative: have 'autosave' use 'updatetime' and 'updatecount' but make
them save the file itself besides the swapfile.
Omni completion:
- Add a flag to 'complete' to be able to do omni completion with CTRL-N (and
mix it with other kinds of completion).
- Ideas from the Vim 7 BOF at SANE:
- For interpreted languages, use the interpreter to obtain information.
Should work for Java (Eclipse does this), Python, Tcl, etc.
Richard Emberson mentioned working on an interface to Java.
- Check Readline for its completion interface.
- Ideas from others:
Java, XML, HTML, C++, JSP, SQL, C#
MS-Windows only, lots of dependencies (e.g. Perl, Internet
explorer), uses .dll shared libraries.
For C++ uses $INCLUDE environment var.
Uses Perl for C++.
Uses ctags to find the info:
ctags -f $allTagsFile --fields=+aiKmnsSz --language-force=C++ --C++-kinds=+cefgmnpsut-dlux -u $files script 1213 (Java Development Environment) (Fuchuan Wang)
and (for Emacs)
Ivan Villanueva has something for Java.
Completion in .NET framework SharpDevelop:
- Pre-expand abbreviations, show which abbrevs would match?
Insert mode completion/expansion:
- GUI implementation of the popup menu.
7 When searching in other files the name flash by, too fast to read. Only
display a name every second or so, like with ":vimgrep".
7 When expanding file names with an environment variable, add the match with
the unexpanded var. So $HOME/tm expands to "/home/guy/tmp" and
8 When there is no word before the cursor but something like "sys." complete
with "sys.". Works well for C and similar languages.
9 ^X^L completion doesn't repeat correctly. It uses the first match with
the last added line, instead of continuing where the last match ended.
8 Add option to set different behavior for Insert mode completion:
- ignore/match case
- different characters than 'iskeyword'
8 Add option 'isexpand', containing characters when doing expansion (so that
"." and "\" can be included, without changing 'iskeyword'). (Goldfarb)
Also: 'istagword': characters used for CTRL-].
When 'isexpand' or 'istagword' are empty, use 'iskeyword'.
Alternative: Use a pattern so that start and end of a keyword can be
defined, only allow dash in the middle, etc.
8 Add a command to undo the completion, go back to the original text.
7 Completion of an abbreviation: Can leave letters out, like what Instant
text does:
8 Use the class information in the tags file to do context-sensitive
completion. After "foo." complete all member functions/variables of
"foo". Need to search backwards for the class definition of foo.
Should work for C++ and Java.
Even more context would be nice: "import java.^N" -> "io", "lang", etc.
7 When expanding $HOME/dir with ^X^F keep the $HOME (with an option?).
7 Add CTRL-X command in Insert mode like CTRL-X CTRL-N, that completes WORDS
instead of words.
8 Add CTRL-X CTRL-R: complete words from register contents.
8 Add completion of previously inserted texts (like what CTRL-A does).
Requires remembering a number of insertions.
8 Add 'f' flag to 'complete': Expand file names.
Also apply 'complete' to whole line completion.
- Add a flag to 'complete' to only scan local header files, not system
header files. (Andri Moell)
- Make it possible to search include files in several places. Use the
'path' option? Can this be done with the dictionary completion (use
wildcards in the file name)?
- Make CTRL-X CTRL-K do a binary search in the dictionary (if it's sorted).
- Speed up CTRL-X CTRL-K dictionary searching (don't use a regexp?).
- Set a mark at the position where the match was found (file mark, could
be in another file).
- Add CTRL-A command in CTRL-X mode: show all matches.
- Make CTRL-X CTRL-L use the 'complete' option?
- Add command in CTRL-X mode to add following words to the completed string
(e.g. to complete "Pointer->element" with CTRL-X CTRL-P CTRL-W CTRL-W)
- CTRL-X CTRL-F: Use 'path' to find completions.
- CTRL-X CTRL-F: Option to use forward slashes on MS-Windows?
- CTRL-X CTRL-F: Don't replace "$VIM" with the actual value. (Kelly)
- Allow listing all matches in some way (and picking one from the list).
Command line editing:
7 Add commands (keys) to delete from the cursor to the end of the command
8 Custom completion of user commands can't use the standard completion
functions. Add a hook to invoke a user function that returns the type of
completion to be done: "file", "tag", "custom", etc.
- Add flags to 'whichwrap' for command line editing (cursor right at end of
lines wraps to start of line).
- Make editing the command line work like Insert mode in a single-line view
on a buffer that contains the command line history. But this has many
disadvantages, only implement it when these can be solved. Elvis has run
into these, see remarks from Steve (~/Mail/oldmail/kirkendall/in.00012).
- Going back in history and editing a line there would change the history.
Would still need to keep a copy of the history elsewhere. Like the
cmdwin does now already.
- Use CTRL-O to execute one Normal mode command. How to switch to normal
mode for more commands? <Esc> should cancel the command line. CTRL-T?
- To allow "/" and "= need to recursively call getcmdline(), overwrite the
cmdline. But then we are editing a command-line again. How to avoid
that the user gets confused by the stack of command lines?
- Use edit() for normal cmdline editing? Would have to integrate
getcmdline() into edit(). Need to solve conflicts between Insert mode
and Command-line mode commands. Make it work like Korn shell and tcsh.
- Insert: completion with 'wildchar'
- Insert: use cmdline abbreviations
- Insert: CTRL-D deletes indent instead of listing matches
- Normal: no CTRL-W commands
- Normal: no ":" commands?
- Normal: allow Visual mode only within one line.
- where to show insert/normal mode message? Change highlighting of
character in first column?
- Implementation ideas:
- Set "curwin" and "curbuf" to the command line window and buffer.
- curwin->w_topline is always equal to curwin->w_cursor.lnum.
- never set 'number', no folding, etc. No status line.
- sync undo after entering a command line?
- use NV_NOCL flag for commands that are not allowed in Command-line
Command line completion:
8 Completing ":r ~br" should find matching user names.
8 Change expand_interactively into a flag that is passed as an argument.
8 With command line completion after '%' and '#', expand current/alternate
file name, so it can be edited. Also with modifiers, such as "%:h".
8 When completing command names, either sort them on the long name, or list
them with the optional part inside [].
8 Add an option to ignore case when doing interactive completion. So that
":e file<Tab>" also lists "Filelist" (sorted after matching case matches).
7 Completion of ":map x ": fill in the current mapping, so that it can be
edited. (Sven Guckes)
- For 'wildmenu': Simplify "../bar" when possible.
- When using <Up> in wildmenu mode for a submenu, should go back to the
current menu, not the first one. E.g., ":emenu File.Save<Up>".
8 When using backtick expansion, the external command may write a greeting
message. Add an option or commands to remove lines that match a regexp?
7 When listing matches of files, display the common path separately from the
file names, if this makes the listing shorter. (Webb)
- Add command line completion for ":ilist" and friends, show matching
identifiers (Webb).
8 Add command line completion for "old value" of a command. ":args <key>"
would result in the current list of arguments, which you can then edit.
7 Add command line completion with CTRL-X, just like Insert mode completion.
Useful for ":s/word/xx/".
- Add command to go back to the text as it was before completion started.
Also to be used for <Up> in the command line.
- Add 'wildlongest' option: Key to use to find longest common match for
command line completion (default CTRL-L), like 'wildchar'. (Cregut)
Also: when there are several matches, show them line a CTRL-D.
Command line history:
9 Remember which command lines were actually typed and were not loaded from
viminfo. When writing viminfo append only these lines, so that lines from
other Vim's are not overwritten.
- Add "KeyWasTyped" flag: It's reset before each command and set when a
character from the keyboard is consumed. Value is used to decide to put a
command line in history or not. Put line in history if it didn't
completely resulted from one mapping.
- When using ":browse", also put the resulting edit command in the history,
so that it can be repeated. (Demirel)
Insert mode:
9 When 'autoindent' is set, hitting <CR> twice, while there is text after
the cursor, doesn't delete the autoindent in the resulting blank line.
(Rich Wales) This is Vi compatible, but it looks like a bug.
8 When using CTRL-O in Insert mode, then executing an insert command
"a" or "i", should we return to Insert mode after <Esc>? (Eggink)
Perhaps it can be allowed a single time, to be able to do
"<C-O>10axyz<Esc>". Nesting this further is confusing.
":map <F2> 5aabc<Esc>" works only once from Insert mode.
8 When using CTRL-G CTRL-O do like CTRL-\ CTRL-O, but when returning with
the cursor in the same position and the text didn't change continue the
same change, so that "." repeats the whole insert.
7 Use CTRL-G <count> to repeat what follows. Useful for inserting a
character multiple times or repeating CTRL-Y.
- Make 'revins' work in Replace mode.
7 Use 'matchpairs' for 'showmatch': When inserting a character check if it
appears in the rhs of 'matchpairs'.
- In Insert mode (and command line editing?): Allow undo of the last typed
character. This is useful for CTRL-U, CTRL-W, delete and backspace, and
also for characters that wrap to the next line.
Also: be able to undo CTRL-R (insert register).
Possibly use 'backspace'="whole" for a mode where at least a <CR> that
inserts autoindent is undone by a single <BS>.
- Use CTRL-G in Insert mode for an extra range of commands, like "g" in
Normal mode.
- Make 'paste' work without resetting other options, but override their
value. Avoids problems when changing files and modelines or autocommands
are used.
- When typing CTRL-V and a digit higher than 2, only expect two digits.
- Insert binary numbers with CTRL-V b.
- Make it possible to undo <BS>, <C-W> and <C-U>. Bash uses CTRL-Y.
'cindent', 'smartindent':
9 ") :" confuses continuation line: (Colin Bennett, 2007 Dec 14)
cout << "a"
<< ") :"
<< "y";
9 "} else" causes following lines to be indented too much. (Rouben
Rostamian, 2008 Aug 30)
8 Lisp indenting: "\\" confuses the indenter. (Dorai Sitaram, 2006 May 17)
8 Why are continuation lines outside of a {} block not indented? E.g.:
long_type foo =
8 Java: Inside an anonymous class, after an "else" or "try" the indent is
too small. (Vincent Bergbauer)
Problem of using {} inside (), 'cindent' doesn't work then.
8 In C++ it's possible to have {} inside (): (Kirshna)
new String[] {
8 In C++ a function isn't recognized inside a namespace:
(Chow Loong Jin)
namespace {
func(int arg) {
6 Add 'cino' flag for this function argument layout: (Spencer Collyer)
func( arg1
, arg2
, arg3
7 Add separate "(0" option into inside/outside a function (Zellner):
int x) // indent like "(4"
if (a
&& b) // indent like "(0"
9 Using "{" in a comment: (Helmut Stiegler)
if (a)
if (b)
// {
} <-- this is indented incorrect
Problem is that find_start_brace() checks for the matching brace to be in
a comment, but not braces in between. Requires adding a comment check to
- Make smartindenting configurable. Add 'sioptions', e.g. '#' setting the
indent to 0 should be switched on/off.
7 Support ANSI style function header, with each argument on its own line.
- "[p" and "]p" should use 'cindent' code if it's on (only for the first
- Add option to 'cindent' to set indent for comments outside of {}?
- Make a command to line up a comment after a code line with a previous
comment after a code line. Can 'cindent' do this automatically?
7 Add 'j' flag to 'formatoptions': Remove comment leader when joining lines.
- When 'cindent'ing a '}', showmatch is done before fixing the indent. It
looks better when the indent is fixed before the showmatch. (Webb)
- Add option to make indenting work in comments too (for commented-out
code), unless the line starts with "*".
- Don't use 'cindent' when doing formatting with "gq"?
- When formatting a comment after some text, insert the '*' for the new line
(indent is correct if 'cindent' is set, but '*' doesn't get inserted).
8 When 'comments' has both "s1:/*,mb:*,ex:*/" and "s1:(*,mb:*,ex:*)", the
'x' flag always uses the first match. Need to continue looking for more
matches of "*" and remember all characters that could end the comment.
- For smartindent: When typing 'else' line it up with matching 'if'.
- 'smartindent': allow patterns in 'cinwords', for e.g. TeX files, where
lines start with "\item".
- Support this style of comments (with an option): (Brown)
/* here is a comment that
is just autoindented, and
nothing else */
- Add words to 'cinwords' to reduce the indent, e.g., "end" or "fi".
7 Use Tabs for the indent of starting lines, pad with spaces for
continuation lines. Allows changing 'tabstop' without messing up the
'keeptabs': when set don't change the tabs and spaces used for indent,
when the indent remains the same or increases.
8 Can have {} constructs inside parens. Include changes from Steve
8 Recognize "import java.util.Vector" and use $CLASSPATH to find files for
"[i" commands and friends.
- For files found with 'include': handle "*" in included name, for Java.
- How to make a "package java.util" cause all classes in the package to be
searched? Also for "import java.util.*". (Mark Brophy)
8 When formatting C comments that are after code, the "*" isn't repeated
like it's done when there is no code. And there is no automatic wrapping.
Recognize comments that come after code. Should insert the comment leader
when it's "#" or "//".
Other way around: when a C command starts with "* 4" the "*" is repeated
while it should not. Use syntax HL comment recognition?
7 When using "comments=fg:--", Vim inserts three spaces for a new line.
When hitting a TAB, these spaces could be removed.
7 The 'n'esting flag doesn't do the indenting of the last (rightmost) item.
6 Make strings in 'comments' option a RE, to be able to match more
complicated things. (Phillipps) Use a special flag to indicate that a
regexp is used.
8 Make the 'comments' option with "/* * */" lines only repeat the "*" line
when there is a "/*" before it? Or include this in 'cindent'?
Virtual edit:
8 Make the horizontal scrollbar work to move the text further left.
7 Allow specifying it separately for Tabs and beyond end-of-line?
Text objects:
8 Add text object for fold, so that it can be yanked when it's open.
8 Add test script for text object commands "aw", "iW", etc.
8 Add text object for part of a CamelHumpedWord and under_scored_word.
(Scott Graham) "ac" and "au"?
8 Add a text object for any kind of quoting, also with multi-byte
characters. Option to specify what quotes are recognized (default: all)
use "aq" and "iq". Use 'quotepairs' to define pairs of quotes, like
8 Add text object for any kind of parens, also multi-byte ones.
7 Add text object for current search pattern: "a/" and "i/". Makes it
possible to turn text highlighted for 'hlsearch' into a Visual area.
8 Add a way to make an ":omap" for a user-defined text object. Requires
changing the starting position in oap->start.
8 Add "gp" and "gP" commands: insert text and make sure there is a single
space before it, unless at the start of the line, and after it, unless at
the end of the line or before a ".".
7 Add objects with backwards extension? Use "I" and "A". Thus "2dAs"
deletes the current and previous sentence. (Jens Paulus)
7 Add "g{" and "g}" to move to the first/last character of a paragraph
(instead of the line just before/after a paragraph as with "{" and "}").
6 Ignore comment leaders for objects. Make "das" work in reply-email.
5 Make it possible to use syntax group matches as a text object. For
example, define a "ccItem" group, then do "da<ccItem>" to delete one.
Or, maybe just define "dai", delete-an-item, to delete the syntax item the
cursor is on.
Select mode:
8 In blockwise mode, typed characters are inserted in front of the block,
backspace deletes a column before the block. (Steve Hall)
7 Alt-leftmouse starts block mode selection in MS Word.
7 Add Cmdline-select mode. Like Select mode, but used on the command line.
- Change gui_send_mouse_event() to pass on mouse events when 'mouse'
contains 'C' or 'A'.
- Catch mouse events in ex_getln.c. Also shift-cursor, etc., like in
- remember start and end of selection in cmdline_info.
- Typing text replaces the selection.
Visual mode:
- When dragging the Visual selection with the mouse and 'scrolloff' is zero,
behave like 'scrolloff' is one, so that the text scrolls when the pointer
is in the top line.
- Displaying size of Visual area: use 24-33 column display.
When selecting multiple lines, up to about a screenful, also count the
8 When using "I" or "A" in Visual block mode, short lines do not get the new
text. Make it possible to add the text to short lines too, with padding
where needed.
7 With a Visual block selected, "2x" deletes a block of double the width,
"3y" yanks a block of triple width, etc.
7 When selecting linewise, using "itext" should insert "text" at the start
of each selected line.
8 What is "R" supposed to do in Visual mode?
8 Make Visual mode local to the buffer. Allow changing to another buffer.
When starting a new Visual selection, remove the Visual selection in any
other buffer. (Ron Aaron)
8 Support dragging the Visual area to drop it somewhere else. (Ron Aaron,
Ben Godfrey)
7 Support dragging the Visual area to drop it in another program, and
receive dropped text from another program. (Ben Godfrey)
7 With blockwise Visual mode and "c", "C", "I", "A", etc., allow the use of
a <CR>. The entered lines are repeated over the Visual area.
7 CTRL-V :s should substitute only in the block, not to whole lines. (David
Young is working on this)
7 Filtering a block should only apply to the block, not to the whole lines.
When the number of lines is increased, add lines. When decreased, pad with
spaces or delete? Use ":`<,`>" on the command line.
8 After filtering the Visual area, make "gv" select the filtered text?
Currently "gv" only selects a single line, not useful.
7 Don't move the cursor when scrolling? Needed when the selection should
stay the same. Scroll to the cursor at any movement command. With an
7 In Visual block mode, need to be able to define a corner on a position
that doesn't have text? Also: when using the mouse, be able to select
part of a TAB. Even more: Add a mode where the cursor can be on a screen
position where there is no text. When typing, add spaces to fill the gap.
Other solution: Always use curswant, so that you can move the cursor to
the right column, and then use up/down movements to select the line,
without changing the column.
6 ":left" and ":right" should work in Visual block mode.
7 CTRL-I and CTRL-O should work in Visual mode, but only jump to marks in the
current buffer.
7 CTRL-A and CTRL-X should increase/decrease all numbers in the Visual area.
6 In non-Block mode, "I" should insert the same text in front of each line,
before the first non-blank, "gI" in column 1.
6 In non-Block mode, "A" should append the same text after each line.
6 When in blockwise visual selection (CTRL-V), allow cursor to be placed
right of the line. Could also allow cursor to be placed anywhere on a TAB
or other special character.
6 Add commands to move selected text, without deselecting.
More advanced repeating commands:
- Add "." command for visual mode: redo last visual command (e.g. ":fmt").
7 Repeating "d:{cmd}" with "." doesn't work. (Benji Fisher) Somehow remember
the command line so that it can be repeated?
- Add "gn": repeat last movement command. Including count.
- Add "." command after operator: repeat last command of same operator. E.g.
"c." will repeat last change, also when "x" used since then (Webb).
"y." will repeat last yank.
"c2." will repeat the last but one change?
Also: keep history of Normal mode commands, add command to list the history
and/or pick an older command.
- History stack for . command? Use "g." command.
Mappings and Abbreviations:
8 When "0" is mapped (it is a movement command) this mapping should not be
used after typing another number, e.g. "20l". (Charles Campbell)
Is this possible without disabling the mapping of the following command?
8 Should mapping <C-A> and <C-S-A> both work?
7 ":abbr b byte", append "b " to an existing word still expands to "byte".
This is Vi compatible, but can we avoid it anyway?
8 To make a mapping work with a prepended "x to select a register, store the
last _typed_ register name and access it with "&.
8 Add ":amap", like ":amenu".
7 Add a mapping that works always, for remapping the keyboard.
8 Add ":cab!", abbreviations that only apply to Command-line mode and not to
entering search strings.
8 Add a flag to ":abbrev" to eat the character that triggers the
abbreviation. Thus "abb ab xxx" and typing "ab<Space>" inserts "xxx" and
not the <Space>.
8 Allow mapping of CTRL-@ (anywhere in the LHS).
8 Give a warning when using CTRL-C in the lhs of a mapping. It will never
(?) work.
8 Add a way to save a current mapping and restore it later. Use a function
that returns the mapping command to restore it: mapcmd()? mapcheck() is
not fool proof. How to handle ambiguous mappings?
7 Add <0x8f> (hex), <033> (octal) and <123> (decimal) to <> notation?
7 Allow mapping "Q" and "Q}" at the same time. Need to put a flag with "Q",
that it needs an extra character before it can match. See Vile 'maplonger'
7 When someone tries to unmap with a trailing space, and it fails, try
unmapping without the trailing space. Helps for ":unmap xx | unmap yy".
7 Make it possible to map 'wildchar', but only when it's a special character
(like CTRL-E). Currently it's only recognized when typed. Useful for
mapping a key to do something and then completion.
6 Context-sensitive abbreviations: Specify syntax group(s) in which the
abbreviations are to be used.
- Add mappings that take arguments. Could work like the ":s" command. For
example, for a mouse escape sequence:
:mapexp <Esc>{\([0-9]*\),\([0-9]*\); H\1j\2l
- Add optional <Number> argument for mappings:
:map <Number>q ^W^W<Number>G
:map <Number>q<Number>t ^W^W<Number1-1>G<Number2>l
:map q<Char> :s/<Char>/\u\0/g
Or implicit:
:map q <Register>d<Number>$
- Make it possible to include a <Nul> in the lhs and rhs of a mapping.
- Add command to repeat a whole mapping ("." only repeats the last change in
a mapping). Also: Repeat a whole insert command, including any mappings
that it included. Sort-of automatic recording?
- Add an option to ":map" that makes it display the special keys in
<> notation (e.g. <CR> instead of ^M). Or just always do this?
- Include an option (or flag to 'cpoptions') that makes errors in mappings
not flush the rest of the mapping (like nvi does).
- Use context sensitiveness of completion to switch abbreviations and
mappings off for :unab and :unmap.
6 When using mappings in Insert mode, insert characters for incomplete
mappings first, then remove them again when a mapping matches. Avoids
that characters that are the start of some mapping are not shown until you
hit another character.
- Add mappings for replace mode: ":rmap". How do we then enter mappings for
non-replace Insert mode?
- Add separate mappings for Visual-character/block/line mode?
- Add 'mapstop' command, to stop recursive mappings.
- List mappings that have a raw escape sequence both with the name of the key
for that escape sequence (if there is one) and the sequence itself.
- List mappings: Once with special keys listed as <>, once with meta chars as
<M-a>, once with the byte values (octal?). Sort of "spell mapping" command?
- When entering mappings: Add the possibility to enter meta keys like they
are displayed, within <>: <M-a>, <~@> or <|a>.
- Allow multiple arguments to :unmap.
- Command to show keys that are not used and available for mapping
- Allow any character except white space in abbreviations lhs (Riehm).
- Add a limit to the number of lines that are searched for 'incsearch'?
- When no match is found and the user types more, the screen is redrawn
anyway. Could skip that. Esp. if the line wraps and the text is scrolled
up every time.
- Temporarily open folds to show where the search ends up. Restore the
folds when going to another line.
- When incsearch used and hitting return, no need to search again in many
cases, saves a lot of time in big files. (Slootman wants to work on this?)
When not using special characters, can continue search from the last match
(or not at all, when there was no match). See oldmail/webb/in.872.
- With incsearch, use CTRL-N/CTRL-P to go to next/previous match, some other
key to copy matched word to search pattern (Alexander Schmid).
8 Add "g/" and "gb" to search for a pattern in the Visually selected text?
"g?" is already used for rot13.
The vis.vim script has a ":S" command that does something like this.
Can use "g/" in Normal mode, uses the '< to '> area.
Use "&/" for searching the text in the Visual area?
9 Add "v" offset: "/pat/v": search for pattern and start Visual mode on the
matching text.
8 Add a mechanism for recursiveness: "\@(([^()]*\@g[^()]*)\)". \@g stands
for "go recursive here" and \@( \) marks the recursive part.
Perl does it this way:
$paren = qr/ \(( [^()] | (??{ $paren }) )* \) /x;
Here $paren is evaluated when it's encountered. This is like a regexp
inside a regexp. In the above terms it would be:
8 Show the progress every second. Could use the code that checks for CTRL-C
to find out how much time has passed. Or use SIGALRM. Where to show the
8 When using an expression for ":s", set the match position in a v:
variable. So that you can do ":%s/^/\=v:lnum/" to put a line number
before each line.
7 Support for approximate-regexps to find similar words (agrep tre:
8 Add an item for a big character range, so that one can search for a
chinese character: \z[234-1234] or \z[XX-YY] or \z[0x23-0x234].
7 Add an item stack to allow matching (). One side is "push X on
the stack if previous atom matched". Other side is "match with top of
stack, pop it when it matches". Use "\@pX" and "\@m"?
Example: \((\@p).\{-}\@m\)*
7 Add an option to accept a match at the cursor position. Also for
search(). (Brett)
7 Add a flag to "/pat/" to discard an error. Useful to continue a mapping
when a search fails. Could be "/pat/E" (e is already used for end offset).
7 Add pattern item to use properties of Unicode characters. In Perl it's
"\p{L}" for a letter. See Regular Expression Pocket Reference.
8 Would it be possible to allow ":23,45/pat/flags" to search for "pat" in
lines 23 to 45? Or does this conflict with Ex range syntax?
8 Allow identical pairs in 'matchpairs'. Restrict the search to the current
7 Allow longer pairs in 'matchpairs'. Use ~/vim/macros/matchit.vim as an
8 Make it possible to define the character that "%" checks for in
#if/#endif. For nmake it's !if/!endif.
- For "%" command: set hierarchy for which things include other things that
should be ignored (like "*/" or "#endif" inside /* */).
Also: use "%" to jump from start to end of syntax region and back.
Alternative: use matchit.vim
8 "/:/e+1" gets stuck on a match at the end of the line. Do we care?
8 A pattern like "\([^a]\+\)\+" takes an awful long time. Recognize that
the recursive "\+" is meaningless and optimize for it.
This one is also very slow on "/* some comment */": "^\/\*\(.*[^/]\)*$".
7 Recognize "[a-z]", "[0-9]", etc. and replace them with the faster "\l" and
7 Add a way to specify characters in <C-M> or <Key> form. Could be
8 Add an argument after ":s/pat/str/" for a range of matches. For example,
":s/pat/str/#3-4" to replace only the third and fourth "pat" in a line.
8 When 'iskeyword' is changed the matches from 'hlsearch' may change. (Benji
Fisher) redraw if some options are set while 'hlsearch' is set?
8 Add an option not to use 'hlsearch' highlighting for ":s" and ":g"
commands. (Kahn) It would work like ":noh" is used after that command.
Also: An extra flag to do this once, and a flag to keep the existing
search pattern.
- Make 'hlsearch' a local/global option, so that it can be disabled in some
of the windows.
- Add \%h{group-name}; to search for a specific highlight group.
Add \%s{syntax-group}; to search for a specific syntax group.
- Support Perl regexp. Use PCRE (Perl Compatible RE) package. (Shade)
Or translate the pattern to a Vim one.
Don't switch on with an option for typed commands/mappings/functions, it's
too confusing. Use "\@@" in the pattern, to avoid incompatibilities.
8 Add a way to access the last substitute text, what is used for ":s//~/".
Can't use the ~ register, it's already used for drag & drop.
- Remember flags for backreferenced items, so that "*" can be used after it.
Check with "\(\S\)\1\{3}". (Hemmerling)
8 Flags that apply to the whole pattern.
This works for all places where a regexp is used.
Add "\q" to not store this pattern as the last search pattern?
- Add flags to search command (also for ":s"?):
i ignore case
I use case
p use Perl regexp syntax (or POSIX?)
v use Vi regexp syntax
f forget pattern, don't keep it for "n" command
F remember pattern, keep it for "n" command
Perl uses these too:
e evaluate the right side as an expression (Perl only)
m multiple line expression (we don't need it)
o compile only once (Perl only)
s single line expression (we don't need it)
x extended regexp (we don't need it)
When used after ":g" command, backslash needed to avoid confusion with the
following command.
Add 'searchflags' for default flags (replaces 'gdefault').
- Add command to display the last used substitute pattern and last used
pattern. (Margo) Maybe make it accessible through a register (like "/
for search string)?
7 Use T-search algorithm, to speed up searching for strings without special
characters. See C't article, August 1997.
- Add 'fuzzycase' option, so that case doesn't matter, and '-' and '_' are
equivalent (for Unix filenames).
- Add 'v' flag to search command: enter Visual mode, with the matching text
as Visual area. (variation on idea from Bertin)
- Searching: "/this//that/" should find "that" after "this".
- Add global search commands: Instead of wrapping at the end of the buffer,
they continue in another buffer. Use flag after search pattern:
a for the next file in the argument list
f for file in the buffer list
w for file edited in a window.
e.g. "/pat/f". Then "n" and "N" work through files too. "f" flag also for
":s/pat/foo/f"??? Then when 'autowrite' and 'hidden' are both not set, ask
before saving files: "Save modified buffer "/path/file"? (Yes/Hide/No
Save-all/hide-All/Quit) ".
- ":s/pat/foo/3": find 3rd match of "pat", like sed. (Thomas Koehler)
7 When searching with 'n' give message when getting back where the search
first started. Remember start of search in '/ mark.
7 Add option that scrolls screen to put cursor in middle of screen after
search always/when off-screen/never. And after a ":tag" command. Maybe
specify how many lines below the screen causes a redraw with the cursor in
the middle (default would be half a screen, zero means always).
6 Support multiple search buffers, so macros can be made without side
7 From xvim: Allow a newline in search patterns (also for :s, can delete
newline). Add BOW, EOW, NEWL, NLORANY, NLBUTANY, magic 'n' and 'r', etc.
[not in xvim:] Add option to switch on matches crossing ONE line boundary.
7 Add ":iselect", a combination of ":ilist" and ":tselect". (Aaron) (Zellner)
Also ":dselect".
9 After undo/redo, in the message show whether the buffer is modified or
8 Undo tree: visually show the tree somehow (Damian Conway)
Show only the leaves, indicating how many changed from the branch and the
Put branch with most recent change on the left, older changes get more
8 See ":e" as a change operation, find the changes and add them to the
undo info. Also be able to undo the "Reload file" choice for when a file
was changed outside of Vim.
Would require doing a diff between the buffer text and the file and
storing the differences.
8 Search for pattern in undo tree, showing when it happened and the text
state, so that you can jump to it.
- Make it possible to undo all the commands from a mapping, including a
trailing unfinished command, e.g. for ":map K iX^[r".
- When accidentally hitting "R" instead of Ctrl-R, further Ctrl-R is not
possible, even when typing <Esc> immediately. (Grahn) Also for "i", "a",
etc. Postpone saving for undo until something is really inserted?
8 When Inserting a lot of text, it can only be undone as a whole. Make undo
sync points at every line or word. Could recognize the start of a new
word (white space and then non-white space) and backspacing.
Can already use CTRL-G u, but that requires remapping a lot of things.
8 Make undo more memory-efficient: Compare text before and after change,
only remember the lines that really changed.
7 Add undo for a range of lines. Can change these back to a previous
version without changing the rest of the file. Stop doing this when a
change includes only some of these lines and changes the line count. Need
to store these undo actions as a separate change that can be undone.
- For u_save() include the column number. This can be used to set '[ and '].
And in the future the undo can be made more efficient (Webb).
- In out-of-memory situations: Free allocated space in undo, and reduce the
number of undo levels (with confirmation).
- Instead of [+], give the number of changes since the last write: [+123].
When undoing to before the last write, change this to a negative number:
- With undo with simple line delete/insert: optimize screen updating.
- When executing macro's: Save each line for undo only once.
- When doing a global substitute, causing almost all lines to be changed,
undo info becomes very big. Put undo info in swap file??
Buffer list:
7 Command to execute a command in another buffer: ":inbuf {bufname} {cmd}".
Also for other windows: ":inwin {winnr} {cmd}". How to make sure that
this works properly for all commands, and still be able to return to the
current buffer/window? E.g.: ":inbuf xxx only".
8 Add File.{recent_files} menu entries: Recently edited files.
Ron Aaron has a plugin for this: mru.vim.
8 Unix: Check all uses of fnamecmp() and fnamencmp() if they should check
inode too.
7 Add another number for a buffer, which is visible for the user. When
creating a new buffer, use the lowest number not in use (or the highest
number in use plus one?).
7 Offer some buffer selection from the command line? Like using ":ls" and
asking for a buffer number. (Zachmann)
- When starting to edit a file that is already in the buffer list, use the
file name argument for the new short file name. (Webb)
- Add an option to make ":bnext" and ":bprev" wrap around the end of the
buffer list. Also for ":next" and ":prev"?
7 Add argument to ":ls" which is a pattern for buffers to list.
E.g. ":ls *.c". (Thompson)
7 Add expansion of buffer names, so that "*.c" is expanded to all buffer
names. Needed for ":bdel *.c", ":bunload *.c", etc.
8 Support for <afile> where a buffer name is expected.
8 Some commands don't use line numbers, but buffer numbers. '$'
should then mean the number of the last buffer. E.g.: "4,$bdel".
7 Add an option to mostly use slashes in file names. Separately for
internal use and for when executing an external program?
Swap (.swp) files:
8 If writing to the swap file fails, should try to open one in another
directory from 'dir'. Useful in case the file system is full and when
there are short file name problems.
8 Also use the code to try using a short file name for the backup and swap
file for the Win32 and Dos 32 bit versions.
8 When a file is edited by root, add $LOGNAME to know who did su.
8 When the edited file is a symlink, try to put the swap file in the same
dir as the actual file. Adjust FullName(). Avoids editing the same file
twice (e.g. when using quickfix). Also try to make the name of the backup
file the same as the actual file?
Use the code for resolve()?
7 When using 64 bit inode numbers, also store the top 32 bits. Add another
field for this, using part of bo_fname[], to keep it compatible.
7 When editing a file on removable media, should put swap file somewhere
else. Use something like 'r' flag in 'viminfo'. 'diravoid'?
Also: Be able to specify minimum disk space, skip directory when not
enough room.
7 Add a configure check for which directory should be used: /tmp, /var/tmp
or /var/preserve.
- Add an option to create a swap file only when making the first change to
the buffer. (Liang) Or only when the buffer is not read-only.
- Add option to set "umask" for backup files and swap files (Antwerpen).
'backupumask' and 'swapumask'? Or 'umaskback' and 'umaskswap'?
- When editing a readonly file, don't use a swap file but read parts from the
original file. Also do this when the file is huge (>'maxmem'). We do
need to load the file once to count the number of lines? Perhaps keep a
cached list of which line is where.
7 Can probably remove the code that checks for a writable viminfo file,
because we now do the chown() for root, and others can't overwrite someone
else's viminfo file.
8 When there is no .viminfo file and someone does "su", runs Vim, a
root-owned .viminfo file is created. Is there a good way to avoid this?
Perhaps check the owner of the directory. Only when root?
8 Add argument to keep the list of buffers when Vim is started with a file
name. (Schild)
8 Keep the last used directory of the file browser (File/Open menu).
8 Remember the last used register for "@@".
8 Remember the redo buffer, so that "." works after restarting.
8 Remember a list of last accessed files. To be used in the
"File.Open Recent" menu. Default is to remember 10 files or so.
Also remember which files have been read and written. How to display
7 Also store the ". register (last inserted text).
7 Make it possible to store buffer names in viminfo file relative to some
directory, to make them portable over a network. (Aaron)
6 Store a snapshot of the currently opened windows. So that when quitting
Vim, and then starting again (without a file name argument), you see the
same files in the windows. Use ":mksession" code?
- Make marks present in .viminfo usable as file marks: Display a list of
"last visited files" and select one to jump to.
8 Before trying to execute a modeline, check that it looks like one (valid
option names). If it's very wrong, silently ignore it.
Ignore a line that starts with "Subject: ".
- Add an option to whitelist options that are allowed in a modeline. This
would allow careful users to use modelines, e.g., only allowing
- Add an option to let modelines only set local options, not global ones
such as 'encoding'.
- When an option value is coming from a modeline, do not carry it over to
another edited file? Would need to remember the value from before the
modeline setting.
- Allow setting a variable from a modeline? Only allow using fixed strings,
no function calls, to avoid a security problem.
- Allow ":doauto BufRead x.cpp" in modelines, to execute autocommands for
.cpp files.
- Support the "abbreviate" command in modelines (Kearns). Careful for
characters after <Esc>, that is a security leak.
- Add option setting to ask user if he wants to have the modelines executed
or not. Same for .exrc in local dir.
8 DOS/Windows: ":mksession" generates a "cd" command where "aa\#bb" means
directory "#bb" in "aa", but it's used as "aa#bb". (Ronald Hoellwarth)
7 When there is a "help.txt" window in a session file, restoring that
session will not get the "LOCAL ADDITIONS" back.
8 With ":mksession" always store the 'sessionoptions' option, even when
"options" isn't in it. (St-Amant)
8 When using ":mksession", also store a command to reset all options to
their default value, before setting the options that are not at their
default value.
7 With ":mksession" also store the tag stack and jump history. (Michal
7 Persistent variables: "p:var"; stored in viminfo file and sessions files.
7 ":with option=value | command": temporarily set an option value and
restore it after the command has executed.
7 Setting an option always sets "w_set_curswant", while this is only
required for a few options. Only do it for those options to avoid the
side effect.
8 Make "old" number options that really give a number of effects into string
options that are a comma separated list. The old number values should
also be supported.
8 Add commands to save and restore an option, which also preserves the flag
that marks if the option was set. Useful to keep the effect of setting
'compatible' after ":syntax on" has been used.
7 There is 'titleold', why is there no 'iconold'? (Chazelas)
7 Make 'scrolloff' a global-local option, so that it can be different in the
quickfix window, for example. (Gary Holloway)
External commands:
8 When filtering text, redirect stderr so that it can't mess up the screen
and Vim doesn't need to redraw it. Also for ":r !cmd".
4 Set separate shell for ":sh", piping "range!filter", reading text "r !ls"
and writing text "w !wc". (Deutsche) Allow arguments for fast start (e.g.