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*todo.txt* For Vim version 8.0. Last change: 2017 Jan 16
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|.
Issues can also be entered online:
Only use this for bug reports, not for questions! Those belong on the
maillist. Updates will be forwarded to the |vim_dev| maillist. Issues
entered there will not be repeated below, unless there is extra information.
-------------------- Known bugs and current work -----------------------
get_syn_options() does not respect skip in else part. (Zyx)
- Try out background make plugin:
- Problem with stderr on Windows? (Vincent Rischmann, 2016 Aug 31, #1026)
- Add 'cwd' argument to start_job(): directory to change to in the child.
check for valid directory before forking.
Part of patch for environment, Yasuhiro Matsumoto, #1160
- When out_cb executes :sleep, the close_cb may be invoked. (Daniel Hahler,
2016 Dec 11, #1320)
- Implement |job-term| ?
- Channel test fails with Motif. Sometimes kills the X11 server.
- When a message in the queue but there is no callback, drop it after a while?
Add timestamp to queued messages and callbacks with ID, remove after a
minute. Option to set the droptime.
- Add an option to drop text of very long lines? Default to 1 Mbyte.
- Add remark about undo sync, is there a way to force it?
- When starting a job, have an option to open the server socket, so we know
the port, and pass it to the command with --socket-fd {nr}. (Olaf Dabrunz,
Feb 9) How to do this on MS-Windows?
- For connection to server, a "keep open" flag would be useful. Retry
connecting in the main loop with zero timeout.
- job_start(): run job in a newly opened terminal.
With xterm could use -S{pty}.
Regexp problems:
- Since 7.4.704 the old regex engine fails to match [[:print:]] in 0xf6.
(Manuel Ortega, 2016 Apr 24)
Test fails on Mac. Avoid using isalpha(), isalnum(), etc? Depends on
- The old engine does not find a match for "/\%#=1\(\)\{80}", the new engine
matches everywhere.
- Using win_linetabsize() can still be slow. Cache the result, store col and
vcol. Reset them when moving to another line.
- Very slow with a long line and Ruby highlighting. (John Whitley, 2014 Dec 4)
- Bug with pattern: '\vblock (\d+)\.\n.*\d+%(\1)@<!\.$'
(Lech Lorens, 2014 Feb 3)
- Issue 164: freeze on regexp search.
- Ignorecase not handled properly for multi-byte characters. (Axel Bender,
2013 Dec 11)
- Using \@> and \?. (Brett Stahlman, 2013 Dec 21) Remark from Marcin
Szamotulski; Remark from Brett 2014 Jan 6 and 7.
- NFA regexp doesn't handle \%<v correctly. (Ingo Karkat, 2014 May 12)
- Does not work with NFA regexp engine:
\%u, \%x, \%o, \%d followed by a composing character
- Search for \%d0\+ may fail with E363. (Christian Brabandt, 2016 Oct 4)
- \%'[ does not work. '%'] does work. (Masaaki Nakamura, 2016 Apr 4)
- Bug relating to back references. (Ingo Karkat, 2014 Jul 24)
- New RE does not give an error for empty group: "\(\)\{2}" (Dominique Pelle,
2015 Feb 7)
- Using back reference before the capturing group sometimes works with the old
engine, can we do this with the new engine? E.g. with
"/\%(<\1>\)\@<=.*\%(<\/\(\w\+\)>\)\@=" matching text inside HTML tags.
This problem is probably the same: "\%(^\1.*$\n\)\@<=\(\d\+\).*$".
(guotuofeng, 2015 Jun 22)
- Strange matching with "\(Hello\n\)\@<=A". (Anas Syed, 2015 Feb 12)
- Problem with \v(A)@<=b+\1c. (Issue 334)
- Diff highlighting can be very slow. (Issue 309)
- Using %> for a virtual column has a check based on 'tabsize'. Better would
be to cache the result of win_linetabsize(col), storing both col and vcol,
and use them to decide whether win_linetabsize() needs to be called. Reset
col and vcol when moving to another line.
- this doesn't work: "syntax match ErrorMsg /.\%9l\%>20c\&\%<28c/". Leaving
out the \& works. Seems any column check after \& fails.
- The pattern "\1" with the old engine gives E65, with the new engine it
matches the empty string. (Dominique Pelle, 2015 Oct 2, Nov 24)
had_endbrace[] is set but not initialized or used.
- Difference between two engines: ".*\zs\/\@>\/" on text "///"
(Chris Paul, 2016 Nov 13) New engine not greedy enough?
'] mark invalid after undoing insert "hello".
Make html indent file use javascript indent, now that it's not just cindent.
Concatenation with null string causes an error: 'a'[1:0] .. 'b'
Might as well handle it like an empty string.
When using symbolic links, a package path will not be inserted at the right
position in 'runtimepath'. (Dugan Chen, 2016 Nov 18)
json_encode(): should convert to utf-8. (Nikolai Pavlov, 2016 Jan 23)
What if there is an invalid character?
Include rust files. (Klabnik, #1356)
Allow using json with empty key? Dict already has it.
Json string with trailing \u should be an error. (Lcd)
Patch to deal with changed configure events in GTK 3. (Jan Alexander Steffens,
2016 Oct 23 #1193)
Remarks from nuko8, 2016 Nov 2.
Multi-byte bug: dv} splits char. (Urtica Dioica, 2017 Jan 9)
Patch to change order of compiler flags. (Yousong Zhou, 2016 Sep 19, #1100)
Patch to add command line completion for :cexpr commands. (Yegappan
Lakshmanan, 2016 Dec 13)
Patch for :pyx, run python commands depending on the supported version.
(Marc Weber, update from Ken Takata, 2016 Sep 19, 2017 Jan 6)
Patch to avoid warnings for overflow. (Mike Williams, 2016 Dec 16)
Update Dec 19.
When an item in the quickfix list has a file name that does not exist, behave
like the item was not a match for :cnext.
Wrong diff highlighting with three files. (2016 Oct 20, #1186)
Also get E749 on exit.
Another example in #1309
Patch to fix vim_iswordp() works differently on chars <256 that are two bytes.
Ozaki Kiichi, 2016 Dec 11.
When deleting a mark or register, leave a tombstone, so that it's also deleted
when writing viminfo (and the delete was the most recent action). #1339
Relevant neovim patch:
test case:
Patch for better explanation of 'compatible' side effects.
Patch to add 'makeencoding', useful when the system encoding differs from
Vim's 'encoding' setting. (Ken Takata, 2017 Jan 6)
Patch to adjust marks when adding a new line to the end of buffer in diff
mode. (James McCoy, 2016 Dec 14, #1329)
Suggestion to improve pt-br spell checking. (Marcelo D Montu, 2016 Dec 15,
Error in test_startup_utf8 on Solaris. (Danek Duvall, 2016 Aug 17)
Rule to use "^" for statusline does not work if a space is defined with
highlighting for both stl and stlnc. Patch by Ken Hamada (itchyny, 2016 Dec 11)
8 "stl" and "stlnc" in 'fillchars' don't work for multi-byte characters.
Patch by Christian Wellenbrock, 2013 Jul 5.
Screen updated delayed when using CTRL-O u in Insert mode.
(Barlik, #1191) Perhaps because status message?
Patch to add buffer name argument to taglist().
Ordering of tags in result of taglist call. (Duncan McDougall, #1194)
Patch to fix that empty first tab is not in session.
(Hirohito Higashi, 2016 Nov 25, #1282)
Patch for restoring wide characters in the console buffer.
(Ken Takata, 2016 Jun 7)
Patch to fix escaping of job arguments. (Yasuhiro Matsumoto, 2016 Oct 5)
Update Oct 14:
Once .exe with updated installer is available: Add remark to download page
about /S and /D options (Ken Takata, 2016 Apr 13)
Or point to nightly builds:
Problem passing non-UTF-8 strings to Python 3. (Björn Linse, 2016 Sep 11,
#1053) With patch, does it work?
Use ADDR_OTHER instead of ADDR_LINES for many more commands.
Add tests for using number larger than number of lines in buffer.
Patch to make v:shell_error writable. (Christian Brabandt, 2016 Sep 27)
Useful to restore it. Is there another solution?
"ci[" does not look for next [ like ci" does look for next ".
(J.F. 2017 Jan 7)
On MS-Windows with 'clipboard' set to "unnamed" this doesn't work to double
lines: :g/^/normal yyp On Unix it works OK. (Bryce Orgill, 2016 Nov 5)
Patch for wrong cursor position on wrapped line, involving breakindent.
(Ozaki Kiichi, 2016 Nov 25)
Patch for 'cursorlinenr' option. (Ozaki Kiichi, 2016 Nov 30)
When adding an item to a new quickfix list make ":cnext" jump to that item.
Make a difference being at the first item and not having used :cnext at all.
(Afanasiy Fet, 2017 Jan 3)
Invalid behavior with NULL list. (Nikolai Pavlov, #768)
E.g. deepcopy(test_null_list())
Patch to make it possible to extend a list with itself.
(Nikolai Pavlov, 2016 Sep 23)
Patch to add Zstandard compressed file support. (Nick Terrell, 2016 Oct 24)
Patch to add new regexp classes :ident:, :keyword:, :fname:.
(ichizok, 2016 Jan 12, #1373)
Patch to add trim() function. (Bukn, 2016 Nov 25, #1280)
Patch to add MODIFIED_BY to MSVC build file. (Chen Lei, 2016 Nov 24, #1275)
On Windows buffer completion sees backslash as escape char instead of path
separator. (Toffanim, 2016 Nov 24, #1274)
min() and max() spawn lots of error messages if sorted list/dictionary
contains invalid data (Nikolay Pavlov, 2016 Sep 4, #1039)
Should :vmap in matchit.vim be :xmap? (Tony Mechelynck)
Problem with whitespace in errorformat. (Gerd Wachsmuth, 2016 May 15, #807)
Undo problem: "g-" doesn't go back, gets stuck. (Björn Linse, 2016 Jul 18)
Add "unicode true" to NSIS installer. Doesn't work with Windows 95, which we
no longer support.
sort() is not stable when using numeric/float sort (Nikolay Pavlov, 2016 Sep
Patch to add "cmdline" completion to getcompletion(). (Shougo, Oct 1, #1140)
Feature request: Complete members of a dictionary. (Luc Hermitte, 2017 Jan 4,
Patch for systemlist(), add empty item. (thinca, Sep 30, #1135)
Add an argument to choose binary or non-binary (like readfile()), when omitted
use the current behavior.
Include the test.
When 'keywordprg' starts with ":" the argument is still escaped as a shell
command argument. (Romain Lafourcade, 2016 Oct 16, #1175)
Patch to support CamelCase for spell checking: See a lower-to-upper case
change as a word boundary. (btucker-MPCData, 2016 Nov 6, #1235)
Idea from Sven: record sequence of keys. Useful to show others what they are
doing (look over the shoulder), and also to see what happened.
Probably list of keystrokes, with some annotations for mode changes.
Could store in logfile to be able to analyise it with an external command.
E.g. to see when's the last time a plugin command was used.
execute() cannot be used with command completeion. (Daniel Hahler, 2016 Oct 1,
cmap using execute() has side effects. (Killthemule, 2016 Aug 17, #983)
Patch to order results from taglist(). (Duncan McDougall, 2016 Oct 25)
patch for 'spellcamelcase' option: spellcheck each CamelCased word.
(Ben Tucker, 2016 Dec 2)
When using ":diffput" through a mapping, undo in the target buffer isn't
synced. (Ryan Carney, 2016 Sep 14)
Syntax highlighting for messages with RFC3339 timestamp (#946)
Did maintainer reply?
Patch to avoid problem with special characters in file name.
(Shougo, 2016 Sept 19, #1099) Not finished?
ml_get errors when reloading file. (Chris Desjardins, 2016 Apr 19)
Also with latest version.
Cannot delete a file with square brackets with delete(). (#696)
Patch to add ":syn foldlevel" to use fold level further down the line.
(Brad King, 2016 Oct 19)
Completion for input() does not expand environment variables. (chdiza, 2016
Jul 25, #948)
Patch to fix wrong encoding of error message on Cygwin/MSYS terminal.
(Ken Takata, 2016 Oct 4)
Patch to introduce 'cmdencoding'. (Ken Takata, Aug 18?)
Better help Aug 19.
Problem: applies to too many commands, such as :cbuffer.
Updated patch with three options, 2016 Sep 8.
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?
Patch to add 'systemencoding', convert between 'encoding' and this for file
names, shell commands and the like. (Kikuchan, 2010 Oct 14)
Assume the system converts between the actual encoding of the filesystem to
the system encoding (usually utf-8).
'hlsearch' interferes with a Conceal match. (Rom Grk, 2016 Aug 9)
Patch to add context information to quickfix/location list. (Yegappan
Lakshmanan, 2016 Aug 25, #1012)
MS-Windows: use WS_HIDE instead of SW_SHOWMINNOACTIVE in os_win32.c?
Otherwise task flickers in taskbar.
Bogus characters inserted when triggering indent while changing test.
(Vitor Antunes, 2016 Nov 22, #1269)
Should make ":@r" handle line continuation. (Cesar Romani, 2016 Jun 26)
Also for ":@.".
Repeating 'opfunc' in a function only works once. (Tarmean, 2016 Jul 15, #925)
Have a way to get the call stack, in a function and from an exception.
Patch to add 'pythonhome' and 'pythonthreehome' options. (Kazuki Sakamoto,
2016 Nov 21, #1266)
Second problem in #966: ins_compl_add_tv() uses get_dict_string() multiple
times, overwrites the one buffer. (Nikolay Pavlov, 2016 Aug 5)
This does not work: :set cscopequickfix=a-
(Linewi, 2015 Jul 12, #914)
Possibly wrong value for seq_cur. (Florent Fayolle, 2016 May 15, #806)
Patch to add separate highlighting for quickfix current line.
(anishsane, 2016 Sep 16, #1080)
Filetype plugin for awk. (Doug Kearns, 2016 Sep 5)
Patch to improve map documentation. Issue #799.
Patch for syntax folding optimization. (Shougo, 2016 Sep 6, #1045)
Patch for drag&drop reordering of GUI tab pages reordering.
(Ken Takata, 2013 Nov 22, second one, also by Masamichi Abe)
Now on Git:
Update 2016 Aug 10.
We can use '. to go to the last change in the current buffer, but how about
the last change in any buffer? Can we use ', (, is next to .)?
Ramel Eshed: system() is much slower than job_start(), why? (Aug 26)
When generating the Unicode tables with runtime/tools/unicode.vim the
emoji_width table has only one entry.
It's possible to add ",," to 'wildignore', an empty entry. Causes problems.
Reject the value? #710.
Patch to fix increment/decrement not working properly when 'virtualedit' is
set. (Hirohito Higashi, 2016 Aug 1, #923)
Patch to support strikethrough next to bold and italic. (Christian Brabandt,
2013 Jul 30) Update from Ken Takata, 2013 Oct 12.
Update mentioned by Christian, 2016 Apr 25.
Update from Ken Takata, 2016 Jul 17.
When doing "vi" a BufNew autocommand for *.md is not triggered.
Because of using the initial buffer? (Dun Peal, 2016 May 12)
Patch to add the :bvimgrep command. (Christian Brabandt, 2014 Nov 12)
Updated 2016 Jun 10, #858
Add redrawtabline command. (Naruhiko Nishino, 2016 Jun 11)
Neovim patch for utfc_ptr2char_len()
No test, needs some work to include.
Patch to improve indenting for C++ constructor with initializer list.
(Hirohito Higashi, 2016 Mar 31)
Add stronger encryption. Could use libsodium (NaCl).
Possibly include the needed code so that it can be build everywhere.
Patch to add setbufline(). (email from Yasuhiro Matsumoto, patch by Ozaki
Kiichi, 2016 Feb 28)
Update Mar 8:
Update Mar 13:
Need to try out instructions in INSSTALLpc.txt about how to install all
interfaces and how to build Vim with them.
Appveyor build with self-installing executable, includes getting most
Duplication of completion suggestions for ":!hom". Issue 539.
Patch by Christian, 2016 Jan 29
Problem that a previous silent ":throw" causes a following try/catch not to
work. (ZyX, 2013 Sep 28) With examples: (Malcolm Rowe, 2015 Dec 24)
Problem using ":try" inside ":execute". (ZyX, 2013 Sep 15)
Patch to make tests pass with EBCDIC. (Owen Leibman, 2016 Apr 10)
Add ":read :command", to insert the output of an Ex command?
Can already do it with ":$put =execute('command')".
When repeating the 'confirm' dialog one needs to press Enter. (ds26gte, 2016
Apr 17) #762
exists(":tearoff") does not tell you if the command is implemented. (Tony
Mechelynck) Perhaps use exists("::tearoff") to check?
Use vim.vim syntax highlighting for help file examples, but without ":" in
'iskeyword' for syntax.
Patch to make "%:h:h" return "." instead of the full path.
(Coot, 2016 Jan 24, #592)
Remove SPACE_IN_FILENAME ? What could possibly go wrong?
When command names are very long :command output is difficult to read. Use a
maximum for the column width? (#871)
Patcy by varmanishant, 2016 Jun 18, #876
Patch to change GUI behavior: instead of changing the window size change the
lines/columns when menu/toolbar/etc. is added/removed. (Ychin, 2016 Mar 20,
Installation of .desktop files does not work everywhere.
It's now fixed, but the target directory probably isn't right.
Add configure check?
Should use /usr/local/share/applications or /usr/share/applications.
Also need to run update-desktop-database (Kuriyama Kazunobu, 2015 Nov 4)
Test object i{ and it do not behave the same. #1379
Do not include the linebreak at the start?
Patch to have text objects defined by arbitrary single characters. (Daniel
Thau, 2013 Nov 20, 2014 Jan 29, 2014 Jan 31)
Added tests (James McCoy, 2016 Aug 3). Still needs more work.
Feature request: add the "al" text object, to manipulate a screen line.
Especially useful when using 'linebreak'
Access to uninitialized memory in match_backref() regexp_nda.c:4882
(Dominique Pelle, 2015 Nov 6)
":cd C:\Windows\System32\drivers\etc*" does not work, even though the
directory exists. (Sergio Gallelli, 2013 Dec 29)
In debug mode one can inspect variables, but not the function parameters
(starting with a:). (Luc Hermitte, 2017 Jan 4, #1352)
7 Add a watchpoint in the debug mode: An expression that breaks execution
when evaluating to non-zero. Add the "watchadd expr" command, stop when
the value of the expression changes. ":watchdel" deletes an item,
":watchlist" lists the items. (Charles Campbell)
Patch by Christian Brabandt, 2016 Jun 10, #859
If ":bd" also closes a Tab page then the " mark is not set. (Harm te Hennepe,
2016 Apr 25, #780)
Patch to avoid redrawing tabline when the popup menu is visible.
(Christian Brabandt, 2016 Jan 28)
Patch to add {skip} argument to search(). (Christian Brabandt, 2016 Feb 24)
Update 2016 Jun 10, #861
Patch to be able to use hex numbers with :digraph. (Lcd, 2015 Sep 6)
Update Sep 7. Update by Christian Brabandt, 2015 Sep 8, 2016 Feb 1.
Patch to show search statistics. (Christian Brabandt, 2016 Jul 22)
When the CursorMovedI event triggers, and CTRL-X was typed, a script cannot
restore the mode properly. (Andrew Stewart, 2016 Apr 20)
Do not trigger the event?
Using ":windo" to set options in all windows has the side effect that it
changes the window layout and the current window. Make a variant that saves
and restores. Use in the matchparen plugin.
Perhaps we can use ":windo <restore> {cmd}"?
Patch to add <restore> to :windo, :bufdo, etc. (Christian Brabandt, 2015 Jan
6, 2nd message)
Alternative: ":keeppos" command modifier: ":keeppos windo {cmd}".
Patch to fix that executable() may fail on very long filename in MS-Windows.
(Ken Takata, 2016 Feb 1)
Patch to fix display of listchars on the cursorline. (Nayuri Aohime, 2013)
Update suggested by Yasuhiro Matsumoto, 2014 Nov 25:
Patch to make the behavior of "w" more straightforward, but not Vi compatible.
With a 'cpo' flag. (Christian Brabandt, 2016 Feb 8)
Patch to add optionproperties(). (Anton Lindqvist, 2016 Mar 27, update Apr 13)
Patch to add TagNotFound autocommand. (Anton Lindqvist, 2016 Feb 3)
Patch to add Error autocommand. (Anton Lindqvist, 2016 Feb 17)
Only remembers one error.
Illegal memory access, requires ASAN to see. (Dominique Pelle, 2015 Jul 28)
Gvim: when both Tab and CTRL-I are mapped, use CTRL-I not for Tab.
Unexpected delay when using CTRL-O u. It's not timeoutlen.
(Gary Johnson, 2015 Aug 28)
Instead of separately uploading patches to the ftp site, we can get them from
github with a URL like this:
Diff for version.c contains more context, can't skip a patch.
When t_Co is changed from termresponse, the OptionSet autocmmand event isn't
triggered. Use the code from the end of set_num_option() in
Python: ":py raw_input('prompt')" doesn't work. (Manu Hack)
Comparing nested structures with "==" uses a different comparator than when
comparing individual items.
Also, "'' == 0" evaluates to true, which isn't nice.
Add "===" to have a strict comparison (type and value match).
Add "==*" (?) to have a value match, but no automatic conversion, and v:true
equals 1 and 1.0, v:false equals 0 and 0.0.?
Using uninitialized memory. (Dominique Pelle, 2015 Nov 4)
MS-Windows: When editing a file with a leading space, writing it uses the
wrong name. (Aram, 2014 Nov 7) Vim 7.4.
Can't recognize the $ProgramFiles(x86) environment variable. Recognize it
specifically? First try with the parens, then without.
Patch to add :mapgroup, put mappings in a group like augroup.
(Yasuhiro Matsumoto, 2016 Feb 19)
Value returned by virtcol() changes depending on how lines wrap. This is
inconsistent with the documentation.
Can we cache the syntax attributes, so that updates for 'relativenumber' and
'cursorline'/'cursorcolumn' are a lot faster?
C highlighting: modern C allows: /* comment */ #ifdef
and also line continuation after #include.
I can't recommend it though.
Build with Python on Mac does not always use the right library.
(Kazunobu Kuriyama, 2015 Mar 28)
Patch to add arguments to argc() and argv(). (Yegappan Lakshmanan, 2016 Jan
24) Also need a way to get the global arg list? Update later on Jan 24
Update Mar 5. Update Apr 7. Update Jun 5.
To support Thai (and other languages) word boundaries, include the ICU
When complete() first argument is before where insert started and 'backspace'
is Vi compatible, the completion fails. (Hirohito Higashi, 2015 Feb 19)
Patch to use two highlight groups for relative numbers. (Shaun Brady, 2016 Jan
MS-Windows: Crash opening very long file name starting with "\\".
(Christian Brock, 2012 Jun 29)
Using an external diff is inefficient. Not all systems have a good diff
program available (esp. MS-Windows). Would be nice to have in internal diff
implementation. Can then also use this for displaying changes within a line.
Olaf Dabrunz is working on this.
The OptionSet autocommand event is not always triggered. (Rick Howe, 2015 Sep
24): :diffthis, :diffoff.
":set all&" still does not handle all side effects. Centralize handling side
effects for when set by the user, on init and when reset to default.
":tag" does not jump to the right entry of a :tselect. (James Speros, 2015 Oct
The argument for "-S" is not taken literally, the ":so" command expands
wildcards. Add a ":nowild" command modifier? (ZyX, 2015 March 4)
Proposal to make options.txt easier to read. (Arnaud Decara, 2015 Aug 5)
Update Aug 14.
When using --remote-tab on MS-Windows 'encoding' hasn't been initialized yet,
the file name ends up encoded wrong. (Raul Coronado, 2015 Dec 21)
Patch for problem with restoring screen on Windows. (Nobuhiro Takasaki, 2015
Sep 10)
Example in editing.txt uses $HOME with the expectation that it ends in a
slash. For me it does, but perhaps not for everybody. Add a function that
inserts a slash when needed? pathconcat(dir, path) (Thilo Six, 2015 Aug 12)
ml_updatechunk() is slow when retrying for another encoding. (John Little,
2014 Sep 11)
Patch to fix checking global option value when not using it.
(Arnaud Decara, 2015 Jul 23)
When 'showbreak' is set repeating a Visual operation counts the size of the
'showbreak' text as part of the operation. (Axel Bender, 2015 Jul 20)
Patch for multi-byte characters in langmap and applying a mapping on them.
(Christian Brabandt, 2015 Jun 12, update July 25)
Is this the right solution? Need to cleanup langmap behavior:
- in vgetorpeek() apply langmap to the typeahead buffer and put the result in
a copy-buffer, only when langmap is appropriate for the current mode. Then
check for mapping and let gotchars() work on the copy-buffer.
- Remove LANGMAP_ADJUST() in other parts of the code. Make sure the mode is
covered by the above change.
So that replaying the register doesn't use keymap/langmap and still does the
same thing. Remarks on issue 543 (Roland Puntaier).
Also see #737: langmap not applied to replaying recording.
Patch to add grepfile(). (Scott Prager, 2015 May 26)
Work in progress.
Would be useful to have a treemap() or deepmap() function. Like map() but
when an item is a list or dict would recurse into it.
Patch for global-local options consistency. (Arnaud Decara, 2015 Jul 22)
Is this right?
Patch to make getregtype() return the right size for non-linux systems.
(Yasuhiro Matsumoto, 2014 Jul 8)
Breaks test_eval. Inefficient, can we only compute y_width when needed?
Patch to use different terminal mode settings for system(). (Hayaki Saito)
Does this work for everybody?
Patch for man.vim. (SungHyun Nam, 2015 May 20)
Doesn't work completely (Dominique Orban)
Patch to add a "literal" argument to bufnr(). (Olaf Dabrunz, 2015 Aug 4)
Cannot execute the shell when it's in a directory with a space.
Issue #459.
When a session file is created and there are "nofile" buffers, these are not
filled. Need to trigger BufReadCmd autocommands. Also handle deleting the
initial empty buffer better. (ZyX, 2015 March 8)
Extended file attributes lost on write (backupcopy=no). Issue 306.
Patch to add :lockjumps. (Carlo Baldassi, 2015 May 25)
OK to not block marks?
Mixup of highlighting when there is a match and SpellBad. (ZyX, 2015 Jan 1)
Patch on Issue 72: 'autochdir' causes problems for :vimgrep.
When two SIGWINCH arrive very quickly, the second one may be lost.
(Josh Triplett, 2015 Sep 17)
Make comments in the test Makefile silent. (Kartik Agaram, 2014 Sep 24)
Result of systemlist() does not show whether text ended in line break.
(Bjorn Linse, 2014 Nov 27)
When in 'comments' "n:x" follows after three-part comment directly it repeats
any one-character from the previous line. (Kartik Agaram, 2014 Sep 19)
Syntax highlighting slow (hangs) in SASS file. (Niek Bosch, 2013 Aug 21)
Adding "~" to 'cdpath' doesn't work for completion? (Davido, 2013 Aug 19)
Should be easy to highlight all matches with 'incsearch'. Idea by Itchyny,
2015 Feb 6.
Wrong scrolling when using incsearch. Patch by Christian Brabandt, 2014 Dec 4.
Is this a good solution?
Patch: Let rare word highlighting overrule good word highlighting.
(Jakson A. Aquino, 2010 Jul 30, again 2011 Jul 2)
Patch to add digits argument to round(). (Yasuhiro Matsumoto, 2015 Apr 26)
Can assign to s:type when a function s:type has been defined.
Also the other way around: define a function while a variable with that name
was already defined.
(Yasuhiro Matsumoto, 2014 Nov 3)
Patch for ordered dict. (Ozaki Kiichi, 2015 May 7)
Patch to make closed folds line up. (Charles Campbell, 2014 Sep 12)
Remark from Roland Eggner: does it cause crashes? (2014 Dec 12)
Updated patch by Roland Eggner, Dec 16
Updated patch from Charles, 2016 Jul 2
Patch to open folds for 'incsearch'. (Christian Brabandt, 2015 Jan 6)
Patch for building a 32bit Vim with 64bit MingW compiler.
(Michael Soyka, 2014 Oct 15)
Delete old code in os_msdos.c, mch_FullName().
Patch: On MS-Windows shellescape() may have to triple double quotes.
(Ingo Karkat, 2015 Jan 16)
Patch for variable tabstops. On github (Christian Brabandt, 2014 May 15)
Update 2016 Jun 10, # 857
Redo only remembers the last change. Could use "{count}g." to redo an older
change. How does the user know which change? At least have a way to list
them: ":repeats".
Patch for glob(), adding slash to normal files. (Ingo Karkat, 2014 Dec 22)
When entering and leaving the preview window autocommands are triggered, but
these may not work well. Perhaps set a flag to indicate that the preview
window is involved? (John Otter, 2015 Oct 27)
Using "." to repeat an Ex command puts that command in history. Probably
should not happen. If the command is the result of a mapping it's not put in
history either. (Jacob Niehus, 2014 Nov 2)
Patch from Jacob, Nov 2.
"hi link" does not respect groups with GUI settings only. (Mark Lodato, 2014
Jun 8)
Bug: Autocompleting ":tag/pat" replaces "/pat" with a match but does not
insert a space. (Micha Mos, 2014 Nov 7)
Patch to add argument to :cquit. (Thinca, 2014 Oct 12)
No error for missing endwhile. (ZyX, 2014 Mar 20)
Patch to make extend() fail early when it might fail at some point.
(Olaf Dabrunz, 2015 May 2) Makes extend() slower, do we still want it?
Perhaps only the checks that can be done without looping over the dict or
Problem with transparent and matchgroup. Issue #475
Patch to add :arglocal and :arglists. (Marcin Szamotulski, 2014 Aug 6)
Spell files use a latin single quote. Unicode also has another single quote:
0x2019. (Ron Aaron, 2014 Apr 4)
New OpenOffice spell files support this with ICONV. But they are not
compatible with Vim spell files. The old files can no longer be downloaded.
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!
Patch to make FocusGained and FocusLost work in modern terminals. (Hayaki
Saito, 2013 Apr 24) Update 2016 Aug 12.
Also see issue #609.
We could add the enable/disable sequences to t_ti/t_te or t_ks/t_ke.
Idea: For a window in the middle (has window above and below it), use
right-mouse-drag on the status line to move a window up/down without changing
its height? It's like dragging the status bar above it at the same time.
Can we make ":unlet $VAR" use unsetenv() to delete the env var?
What for systems that don't have unsetenv()? (Issue #1116)
Patch to add a :domodeline command. (Christian Brabandt, 2014 Oct 21)
This does not give an error: (Andre Sihera, 2014 Mar 21)
vim -u NONE 1 2 3 -c 'bufdo if 1 | echo 1'
This neither: (ZyX)
vim -u NONE 1 2 3 -c 'bufdo while 1 | echo 1'
'viewdir' default on MS-Windows is not a good choice, it's a system directory.
Change 'viewdir' to "$HOME/vimfiles/view" and use 'viewdiralt' to also read
Problem with upwards search on Windows (works OK on Linux). (Brett Stahlman,
2014 Jun 8)
Include a plugin manager with Vim? Neobundle seems to be the best currently.
Also Vundle:
Long message about this from ZyX, 2014 Mar 23. And following replies.
Also see
User view:
- Support multiple sources, basically any http:// URL. Or a central place that
will work for everybody (github? redirects from
Be able to look into the files before deciding to install.
- Be able to try out a plugin and remove it again with (almost) no traces.
- Each plugin needs a "manifest" file that has the version, dependencies
(including Vim version and features), conflicts, list of files, etc.
Updater uses that to decide what/how to update.
Dependencies can use a URL for specific versions, or short name for scripts
- Once a plugin is installed it remembers where it came from, updater checks
there. Can manually update when really needed.
- Must be possible to install for one user. Also system wide?
- Can edit plugin config with Vim. Can temporarily disable a plugin.
- Run the update manually, find latest version and install.
- Be able to download without special tools, must work for 95% of users.
- Avoid the 'runtimepath' getting long. Need some other way to keep each
plugin separate.
- When installing or updating, first figure out what needs to be done. This
may involve recursively fetching manifest files for dependencies. Then show
the user what's going to change and ask for OK.
- Scripts on must be able to consist of several files. Is zip format
sufficient? Upload the manifest? Or refer to a site that has the manifest?
- Best is to fetch individual files or use a Vimball. Reduces dependency on
tools that might be missing and allows inspection of the files before
Out of scope:
- Overview of plugins, ratings, comments, etc. That's another world.
- Development work on plugins (although diff with distributed version would be
Setting the spell file in a session only reads the local additions, not the
normal spell file. (Enno Nagel, 2014 Mar 29)
When typing the first character of a command, e.g. "f", then using a menu, the
menu item doesn't work. Clear typeahead when using a menu?
Editing an ascii file as ucs-2 or ucs-4 causes display errors.
(ZyX, 2014 Mar 30)
":Next 1 some-arg" does not complain about trailing argument. Also for
various other commands. (ZyX, 2014 Mar 30)
Patch to skip sort if no line matches the expression.
(Christian Brabandt, 2014 Jun 25)
VMS: Select() doesn't work properly, typing ESC may hang Vim. Use sys$qiow
instead. (Samuel Ferencik, 2013 Sep 28)
Patch for XDG base directory support. (Jean François Bignolles, 2014 Mar 4)
Remark on the docs. Should not be a compile time feature. But then what?
Completion of ":e" is ":earlier", should be ":edit". Complete to the matching
command instead of doing this alphabetically. (Mikel Jorgensen)
Patch to define macros for hardcoded values. (Elias Diem, 2013 Dec 14)
Several syntax file match "^\s*" which may get underlined if that's in the
highlight group. Add a "\zs" after it?
The undo file name can get too long. (Issue 346)
For the path use a hash instead of dir%dir%dir%name hash%name.
Patch to add ":undorecover", get as much text out of the undo file as
possible. (Christian Brabandt, 2014 Mar 12, update Aug 22)
Include Haiku port? (Adrien Destugues, Siarzhuk Zharski, 2013 Oct 24)
It can replace the BeOS code, which is likely not used anymore.
Updated spec ftplugin. (Matěj Cepl, 2013 Oct 16)
Patch to right-align signs. (James Kolb (email james), 2013 Sep 23)
Patch to handle integer overflow. (Aaron Burrow, 2013 Dec 12)
Patch to add "ntab" item in 'listchars' to repeat first character. (Nathaniel
Braun, pragm, 2013 Oct 13) A better solution 2014 Mar 5.
Undo message is not always properly displayed. Patch by Ken Takata, 2013 oct
3. Doesn't work properly according to Yukihiro Nakadaira.
/[b-a] gives error E16, should probably be E769.
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
Patch by Thomas Tuegel, also for GTK, 2013 Nov 24
:help gives example for z?, but it does not work. m? and t? do work.
Patch to add funcref to Lua. (Luis Carvalho, 2013 Sep 4)
With tests: Sep 5.
Discussion about canonicalization of Hebrew. (Ron Aaron, 2011 April 10)
Checking runtime scripts: Thilo Six, 2012 Jun 6.
When evaluating expression in backticks, autoload doesn't work.
(Andy Wokula, 2013 Dec 14)
Using <nr>ifoobar<esc> can slow down Vim. Patch by Christian Brabandt, 2013
Dec 13.
Patch from Christian Brabandt to preserve upper case marks when wiping out a
buffer. (2013 Dec 9)
GTK: problem with 'L' in 'guioptions' changing the window width.
(Aaron Cornelius, 2012 Feb 6)
Patch to add option that tells whether small deletes go into the numbered
registers. (Aryeh Leib Taurog, 2013 Nov 18)
Javascript file where indent gets stuck on: GalaxyMaster, 2012 May 3.
The BufUnload event is triggered when re-using the empty buffer.
(Pokey Rule, 2013 Jul 22)
Patch by Marcin Szamotulski, 2013 Jul 22.
The CompleteDone autocommand needs some info passed to it:
- The word that was selected (empty if abandoned complete)
- Type of completion: tag, omnifunc, user func.
Patch to allow more types in remote_expr(). (Lech Lorens, 2014 Jan 5)
Doesn't work for string in list. Other way to pass all types of variables
Using ":call foo#d.f()" doesn't autoload the "foo.vim" file.
That is, calling a dictionary function on an autoloaded dict.
Works OK for echo, just not for ":call" and ":call call()". (Ted, 2011 Mar
Patch by Christian Brabandt, 2013 Mar 23.
Not 100% sure this is the right solution.
Patch to add {lhs} to :mapclear: clear all maps starting with {lhs}.
(Christian Brabandt, 2013 Dec 9)
Exception caused by argument of return is not caught by try/catch.
(David Barnett, 2013 Nov 19)
Patch to fix that 'cedit' is recognized after :normal. (Christian Brabandt,
2013 Mar 19, later message)
Patch to view coverage of the tests. (Nazri Ramliy, 2013 Feb 15)
Patch to invert characters differently in GTK. (Yukihiro Nakadaira, 2013 May
Patch to add "Q" and "A" responses to interactive :substitute. They are
carried over when using :global. (Christian Brabandt, 2013 Jun 19)
Bug with 'cursorline' in diff mode. Line being scrolled into view gets
highlighted as the cursor line. (Alessandro Ivaldi, 2013 Jun 4)
Two highlighting bugs. (ZyX, 2013 Aug 18)
Patch to support 'u' in interactive substitute. (Christian Brabandt, 2012 Sep
28) With tests: Oct 9.
Patch from Christian Brabandt to make the "buffer" argument for ":sign place"
optional. (2013 Jul 12)
Dialog is too big on Linux too. (David Fishburn, 2013 Sep 2)
Improve the installer for MS-Windows. There are a few alternatives:
- Add silent install option. (Shane Lee, #751)
- Installer from Cream (Steve Hall).
- Modern UI 2.0 for the Nsis installer. (Guopeng Wen)
- make it possible to do a silent install, see
Version from Guopeng Wen does this.
- MSI installer:
- The one on Issue 279.
Problem: they all work slightly different (e.g. don't install vimrun.exe).
How to test that it works well for all Vim users?
Patch to make fold updates much faster. (Christian Brabandt, 2012 Dec)
- Add regex for 'paragraphs' and 'sections': 'parare' and 'sectre'. Combine
the two into a regex for searching. (Ned Konz)
Patch by Christian Brabandt, 2013 Apr 20, unfinished.
Bug: findfile("any", "file:///tmp;") does not work.
In the ATTENTION message about an existing swap file, mention the name of the
process that is running. It might actually be some other program, e.g. after
a reboot.
patch to add "combine" flag to syntax commands. (so8res, 2012 Dec 6)
Syntax update problem in one buffer opened in two windows, bottom window is
not correctly updated. (Paul Harris, 2012 Feb 27)
Patch to add getsid(). (Tyru, 2011 Oct 2) Do we want this? Update Oct 4.
Or use expand('<sid>')?
Patch to make confirm() display colors. (Christian Brabandt, 2012 Nov 9)
Patch to add functions for signs. (Christian Brabandt, 2013 Jan 27)
Patch to remove flicker from popup menu. (Yasuhiro Matsumoto, 2013 Aug 15)
Problem with refresh:always in completion. (Tyler Wade, 2013 Mar 17)
b:undo_ftplugin cannot call a script-local function. (Boris Danilov, 2013 Jan
Win32: 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 dynamically?
Python: Be able to define a Python function that can be called directly from
Vim script. Requires converting the arguments and return value, like with
Patch for :tabcloseleft, after closing a tab go to left tab. (William Bowers,
2012 Aug 4)
Patch to improve equivalence classes in regexp patterns.
(Christian Brabandt, 2013 Jan 16, update Jan 17)
Patch with suggestions for starting.txt. (Tony Mechelynck, 2012 Oct 24)
But use Gnome instead of GTK?
Should be possible to enable/disable matchparen per window or buffer.
Add a check for b:no_match_paren in Highlight_matching_Pair() (Marcin
Szamotulski, 2012 Nov 8)
Session file creation: 'autochdir' causes trouble. Keep it off until after
loading all files.
MS-Windows resizing problems:
- Windows window on screen positioning: Patch by Yukihiro Nakadaira, 2012 Jun
20. Uses getWindowRect() instead of GetWindowPlacement()
- Win32: When the taskbar is at the top of the screen creating the tabbar
causes the window to move unnecessarily. (William E. Skeith III, 2012 Jan
12) Patch: 2012 Jan 13 Needs more work (2012 Feb 2)
'iminsert' global value set when using ":setlocal iminsert"? (Wu, 2012 Jun 23)
Patch to append regexp to tag commands to make it possible to select one out
of many matches. (Cody Cutler, 2013 Mar 28)
Patch to add tagfunc(). Cleaned up by Christian Brabandt, 2013 Jun 22.
The input map for CTRL-O in mswin.vim causes problems after CTRL-X CTRL-O.
Suggestion for another map. (Philip Mat, 2012 Jun 18)
But use "gi" instead of "a". Or use CTRL-\ CTRL-O.
Patch to support user name completion on MS-Windows. (Yasuhiro Matsumoto, 2012
Aug 16)
When there are no command line arguments ":next" and ":argu" give E163, which
is confusing. Should say "the argument list is empty".
xterm supports escape sequences to mark a paste operation. Need to be
enabled. (Bruno Sutic, 2014 Jul 11) How to know the terminal supports this?
- will get stuck if byte sequence does not contain the expected semicolon.
- Use urxvt mouse support also in xterm. Explanations:
Patch to have the fold and sign column and at the last line of the buffer.
(Marco Hinz, 2014 Sep 25)
Alternate suggestion: let all columns continue, also the number column.
Patch to add tests for if_xcmdsrv.c., Jul 8, need some more work. (Brian Burns)
New tests Jul 13. Update Jul 17. Discussion Jul 18.
When running Vim in silent ex mode, an existing swapfile causes Vim to wait
for a user action without a prompt. (Maarten Billemont, 2012 Feb 3)
Do give the prompt? Quit with an error?
Patch to list user digraphs. (Christian Brabandt, 2012 Apr 14)
Patch to add digraph() function. (Christian Brabandt, 2013 Aug 22, update Aug
Patch for input method status. (Hirohito Higashi, 2012 Apr 18)
Update Vim app icon (for Gnome). (Jakub Steiner, 2013 Dec 6)
Patch to use .png icons for the toolbar on MS-Windows. (Martin Gieseking, 2013
Apr 18)
Patch for has('unnamedplus') docs. (Tony Mechelynck, 2011 Sep 27)
And one for gui_x11.txt.
":cd" doesn't work when current directory path contains "**".
finddir() has the same problem. (Yukihiro Nakadaira, 2012 Jan 10)
Requires a rewrite of the file_file_in_path code.
Should use has("browsefilter") in ftplugins. Requires patch 7.3.593.
Update for (Tyru, 2013 Feb 22)
Patch to sort functions starting with '<' after others. Omit dict functions,
they can't be called. (Yasuhiro Matsumoto, 2011 Oct 11)
Patch to pass list to or(), and() and xor(). (Yasuhiro Matsumoto, 2012 Feb 8)
Patch to improve "it" and "at" text object matching. (Christian Brabandt, 2011
Nov 20)
Patch to improve GUI find/replace dialog. (Christian Brabandt, 2012 May 26)
Update Jun 2.
`] moves to character after insert, instead of the last inserted character.
(Yukihiro Nakadaira, 2011 Dec 9)
Plugin for Modeleasy. (Massimiliano Tripoli, 2011 Nov 29)
BufWinLeave triggers too late when quitting last window in a tab page. (Lech
Lorens, 2012 Feb 21)
Patch for 'transparency' option. (Sergiu Dotenco, 2011 Sep 17)
Only for MS-Windows. No documentation. Do we want this?
Patch to support cursor shape in Cygwin console. (Ben bgold, 2011 Dec 27)
On MS-Windows a temp dir with a & init causes system() to fail. (Ben Fritz,
2012 Jun 19)
'cursorline' is displayed too short when there are concealed characters and
'list' is set. (Dennis Preiser)
Patch 7.3.116 was the wrong solution.
Christian Brabandt has another incomplete patch. (2011 Jul 13)
With concealed text mouse click doesn't put the cursor in the right position.
(Herb Sitz) Fix by Christian Brabandt, 2011 Jun 16. Doesn't work properly,
need to make the change in where RET_WIN_BUF_CHARTABSIZE() is called.
Syntax region with 'concealends' and a 'cchar' value, 'conceallevel' set to 2,
only one of the two ends gets the cchar displayed. (Brett Stahlman, 2010 Aug
21, Ben Fritz, 2010 Sep 14)
The :syntax cchar value can only be a single character. It would be useful to
support combining characters. (Charles Campbell)
'cursorline' works on a text line only. Add 'cursorscreenline' for
highlighting the screen line. (Christian Brabandt, 2012 Mar 31)
Win32: Patch to use task dialogs when available. (Sergiu Dotenco, 2011 Sep 17)
New feature, requires testing. Made some remarks.
Win32: Patch for alpha-blended icons and toolbar height. (Sergiu Dotenco, 2011
Sep 17) Asked for feedback from others.
Win32: Cannot cd into a directory that starts with a space. (Andy Wokula, 2012
Jan 19)
Need to escape $HOME on Windows for fnameescape()? (ZyX, 2011 Jul 21,
discussion 2013 Jul 4) Can't simply use a backslash, \$HOME has a different
meaning already. Would be possible to use $$HOME where $HOME is to be used.
"2" in 'formatoptions' not working in comments. (Christian Corneliussen, 2011
Oct 26)
Bug in repeating Visual "u". (Lawrence Kesteloot, 2010 Dec 20)
With "unamedplus" in 'clipboard' pasting in Visual mode causes error for empty
register. (Michael Seiwald, 2011 Jun 28) I can't reproduce it.
Windows keys not set properly on Windows 7? (cncyber, 2010 Aug 26)
When using a Vim server, a # in the path causes an error message.
(Jeff Lanzarotta, 2011 Feb 17)
Setting $HOME on MS-Windows is not very well documented. Suggestion by Ben
Fritz (2011 Oct 27).
When there is a ">" in a line that "gq" wraps to the start of the next line,
then the following line will pick it up as a leader. Should get the leader
from the first line, not a wrapped line. (Matt Ackeret, 2012 Feb 27)
Using ":break" or something else that stops executing commands inside a
":finally" does not rethrow a previously uncaught exception. (ZyX, 2010 Oct
Vim using lots of memory when joining lines. (John Little, 2010 Dec 3)
BT regexp engine: After trying a \@> match and failing, submatches are not
cleared. See test64.
Changes to manpage plugin. (Elias Toivanen, 2011 Jul 25)
Patch to make "z=" work when 'spell' is off. Does this have nasty side
effects? (Christian Brabandt, 2012 Aug 5, Update 2013 Aug 12)
Would also need to do this for spellbadword() and spellsuggest().
On 64 bit MS-Windows "long" is only 32 bits, but we sometimes need to store a
64 bits value. Change all number options to use nropt_T and define it to the
right type.
string() can't parse back "inf" and "nan". Fix documentation or fix code?
(ZyX, 2010 Aug 23)
When doing "redir => s:foo" in a script and then "redir END" somewhere else
(e.g. in a function) it can't find s:foo.
When a script contains "redir => s:foo" but doesn't end redirection, a
following "redir" command gives an error for not being able to access s:foo.
(ZyX, 2011 Mar 27)
When setqflist() uses a filename that triggers a BufReadCmd autocommand Vim
doesn't jump to the correct line with :cfirst. (ZyX, 2011 Sep 18)
Behavior of i" and a" text objects isn't logical. (Ben Fritz, 2013 Nov 19)
7 Make "ga" show the digraph for a character, if it exists.
Patch from Christian Brabandt, 2011 Aug 19.
maparg() does not show the <script> flag. When temporarily changing a
mapping, how to restore the script ID?
Bug in try/catch: return with invalid compare throws error that isn't caught.
(ZyX, 2011 Jan 26)
When setting a local option value from the global value, add a script ID that
indicates this, so that ":verbose set" can give a hint. Check with options in
the help file.
After patch 7.3.097 still get E15. (Yukihiro Nakadaira, 2011 Jan 18)
Also for another example (ZyX, 2011 Jan 24)
Build problem with small features on Mac OS X 10.6. (Rainer, 2011 Jan 24)
"0g@$" puts '] on last byte of multi-byte. (ZyX, 2011 Jan 22)
Patch to add TextDeletePost and TextYankPost events. (Philippe Vaucher, 2011
May 24) Update May 26.
Patch for :tabrecently. (Hirokazu Yoshida, 2012 Jan 30)
Problem with "syn sync grouphere". (Gustavo Niemeyer, 2011 Jan 27)
Loading autoload script even when usage is inside "if 0". (Christian Brabandt,
2010 Dec 18)
With a filler line in diff mode, it isn't displayed in the column with line
number, but it is in the sign column. Doesn't look right. (ZyX 2011 Jun 5)
Patch by Christian Brabandt, 2011 Jun 5. Introduces new problems.
Add jump() function. (Marcin Szamotulski, 2013 Aug 29)
Is this needed? CTRL-O and CTRL-I do the same, just more difficult to use.
8 Add a command to jump to the next character highlighted with "Error".
Patch by Christian Brabandt, uses ]e [e ]t and [t. 2011 Aug 9.
Add event for when the text scrolls. A bit like CursorMoved. Also a similar
one for insert mode. Use the event in matchparen to update the highlight if
the match scrolls into view.
7 Use "++--", "+++--" for different levels instead of "+---" "+----".
Patch by Christian Brabandt, 2011 Jul 27.
Update by Ben Fritz, with fix for TOhtml. (2011 Jul 30)
9 Add %F to 'errorformat': file name without spaces. Useful on Unix to
avoid matching something up to a time 11:22:33.
Patch by Christian Brabandt, 2011 Jul 27.
Patch to add up to 99 match groups. (Christian Brabandt, 2010 Dec 22)
Also add named groups: \%{name}(re) and \%{name}g
In the sandbox it's not allowed to do many things, but it's possible to change
or set variables. Add a way to prevent variables from being changed in the
sandbox? E.g.: ":protect g:restore_settings".
GTK: drawing a double-width combining character over single-width characters
doesn't look right. (Dominique Pelle, 2010 Aug 8)
GTK: tear-off menu does not work. (Kurt Sonnenmoser, 2010 Oct 25)
Win32: tear-off menu does not work when menu language is German. (Markus
Bossler, 2011 Mar 2) Fixed by 7.3.095?
Version of netbeans.c for use with MacVim. (Kazuki Sakamoto, 2010 Nov 18)
7.3.014 changed how backslash at end of line works, but still get a NUL when
there is one backslash. (Ray Frush, 2010 Nov 18) What does the original ex
Searching mixed with Visual mode doesn't redraw properly. (James Vega, 2010 Nov
New esperanto spell file can't be processed. (Dominique Pelle, 2011 Jan 30)
- move compflags to separate growarray?
- instead of a regexp use a hashtable. Expand '?', '*', '+'. What would be
the maximum repeat for * and +?
"L'Italie" noted as a spell error at start of the sentence. (Dominique Pelle,
2011 Feb 27)
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?
'colorcolumn' has higher priority than hlsearch. Should probably be the other
way around. (Nazri Ramliy, 2013 Feb 19)
When Vim is put in the background (SIGTSTP) and then gets a SIGHUP it doesn't
exit. It exists as soon as back in the foreground. (Stephen Liang, 2011 Jan
9) Caused by vim_handle_signal(SIGNAL_BLOCK); in ui.c.
g` not working correctly when using :edit. It works OK when editing a file on
the command line. (Ingo Karkat, 2011 Jan 25)
Since patch 7.2.46 Yankring plugin has become very slow, eventually make Vim
crash? (Raiwil, 2010 Nov 17)
Patch to add FoldedLineNr highlighting: different highlighting for the line
number of a closed fold. (eXerigumo Clanjor, 2013 Jul 15)
Regexp engine performance:
- Profiling:
./vim -u NONE -s ~/vim/test/ruby.vim
./vim -u NONE -s ~/vim/test/loop.vim
./vim -u NONE -s ~/vim/test/alsa.vim
./vim -s ~/vim/test/todo.vim
./vim -s ~/vim/test/xml.vim
Dominique Pelle: xmlSyncDT is particularly slow (Jun 7)
- More test files from the src/pkg/regexp/testdata directory in the Go repo.
- Performance tests:
- Using asciidoc syntax. (Marek Schimara, 2013 Jun 6)
- ~/vim/text/FeiqCfg.xml (file from Netjune)
- ~/vim/text/edl.svg (also XML)
- glts has five tests. (May 25)
- ~/vim/test/slowsearch
- ~/vim/test/rgb.vim
- search for a.*e*exn in the vim executable. Go to last line to use
- 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) Generally, folding with
'foldmethod' set to "syntax" is slow. Do profiling to find out why.
Problem producing tags file when hebrew.frx is present. It has a BOM.
Results in E670. (Tony Mechelynck, 2010 May 2)
'beval' option should be global-local.
Ruby: ":ruby print $buffer.number" returns zero.
setpos() does not restore cursor position after :normal. (Tyru, 2010 Aug 11)
7 The 'directory' option supports changing path separators to "%" to make
file names unique, also support this for 'backupdir'. (Mikolaj Machowski)
Patch by Christian Brabandt, 2010 Oct 21.
With "tw=55 fo+=a" typing space before ) doesn't work well. (Scott Mcdermott,
2010 Oct 24)
Patch to add random number generator. (Hong Xu, 2010 Nov 8, update Nov 10)
Alternative from Christian Brabandt. (2010 Sep 19)
New one from Yasuhiro Matsumoto, #1277.
Messages in message.txt are highlighted as examples.
When using cp850 the NBSP (0xff) is not drawn correctly. (Brett Stahlman, 2010
Oct 22) 'isprint' is set to "@,161-255".
":echo "\x85" =~# '[\u0085]'" returns 1 instead of 0. (ZyX, 2010 Oct 3)
'cindent' not correct when 'list' is set. (Zdravi Korusef, 2010 Apr 15)
C-indenting: A matching { in a comment is ignored, but intermediate { are not
checked to be in a comment. Implement FM_SKIPCOMM flag of findmatchlimit().
Issue 46.
Mac with X11: clipboard doesn't work properly. (Raf, 2010 Aug 16)
Using CompilerSet doesn't record where an option was set from. E.g., in the
gcc compiler plugin. (Gary Johnson, 2010 Dec 13)
":helpgrep" does not put the cursor in the correct column when preceded by
accented character. (Tony Mechelynck, 2010 Apr 15)
Don't call check_restricted() for histadd(), setbufvar(), settabvar(),
Patch for GVimExt to show an icon. (Dominik Riebeling, 2010 Nov 7)
When 'lines' is 25 and 'scrolloff' is 12, "j" scrolls zero or two lines
instead of one. (Constantin Pan, 2010 Sep 10)
Gui menu edit/paste in block mode insert only inserts in one line (Bjorn
Winckler, 2011 May 11)
Requires a map mode for Insert mode started from blockwise Visual mode.
Writing nested List and Dict in viminfo gives error message and can't be read
back. (Yukihiro Nakadaira, 2010 Nov 13)
Problem with cursor in the wrong column. (SungHyun Nam, 2010 Mar 11)
Additional info by Dominique Pelle. (also on 2010 Apr 10)
CreateFile and CreateFileW are used without sharing, filewritable() fails when
the file was already open (e.g. script is being sourced). Add FILE_SHARE_READ|
FILE_SHARE_WRITE in mch_access()? (Phillippe Vaucher, 2010 Nov 2)
Is ~/bin (literally) in $PATH supposed to work? (Paul, 2010 March 29)
Looks like only bash can do it. (Yakov Lerner)
Cscope "cs add" stopped working somewhat before 7.2.438. (Gary Johnson, 2010
Jun 29) Caused by 7.2.433?
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.
Patch to add "combine" to :syntax, combines highlight attributes. (Nate
Soares, 2012 Dec 3)
Patch to make ":hi link" also take arguments. (Nate Soares, 2012 Dec 4)
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 51 fails when language set to German. (Marco, 2011 Jan 9)
Dominique can't reproduce it.
'ambiwidth' should be global-local.
":function f(x) keepjumps" creates a function where every command is executed
like it has ":keepjumps" before it.
Coverity: Check if there are new reported defects:
Patch to support :undo absolute jump to file save number. (Christian Brabandt,
2010 Nov 5)
Patch to use 'foldnestmax' also for "marker" foldmethod. (Arnaud Lacombe, 2011
Jan 7)
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)
With 'wildmode' set to "longest:full,full" and pressing Tab once the first
entry in wildmenu is highlighted, that shouldn't happen. (Yuki Watanabe, 2011
Feb 12)
Display error when 'tabline' that includes a file name with double-width
characters. (2010 Aug 14, bootleq)
Problem with stop directory in findfile(). (Adam Simpkins, 2009 Aug 26)
Using ']' as the end of a range in a pattern requires double escaping:
/[@-\\]] (Andy Wokula, 2011 Jun 28)
Syntax priority problem. (Charles Campbell, 2011 Sep 15)
When completion inserts the first match, it may trigger the line to be folded.
Disable updating folds while completion is active? (Peter Odding, 2010 Jun 9)
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.
Invalid read error in Farsi mode. (Dominique Pelle, 2009 Aug 2)
For running gvim on a USB stick: avoid the OLE registration. Use a command
line argument -noregister.
When using an expression in 'statusline' leading white space sometimes goes
missing (but not always). (ZyX, 2010 Nov 1)
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.
Patch to add farsi handling to arabic.c (Ali Gholami Rudi, 2009 May 2)
Added test, updates, June 23.
Updated for 7.4:
With modification for Tatweel character:
Remark from Ameretat Reith (2014 Oct 13)
List of encoding aliases. (Takao Fujiwara, 2009 Jul 18)
Are they all OK? Update Jul 22.
Win32: Improved Makefile for MSVC. (Leonardo Valeri Manera, 2010 Aug 18)
Win32: Expanding 'path' runs into a maximum size limit. (bgold12, 2009 Nov 15)
Win32: Patch for enabling quick edit mode in console. (Craig Barkhouse, 2010
Sep 1)
Win32: Patch for using .png files for icons. (Charles Peacech, 2012 Feb 5)
Putting a Visual block while 'visualedit' is "all" does not leave the cursor
on the first character. (John Beckett, 2010 Aug 7)
Setting 'tags' to "tagsdir/*" does not find "tagsdir/tags". (Steven K. Wong,
2009 Jul 18)
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)
Patch for GTK buttons X1Mouse and X2Mouse. (Christian J. Robinson, 2010 Aug 9)
Motif: Build on Ubuntu can't enter any text in dialog text fields.
":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
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", 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.
Diff mode out of sync. (Gary Johnson, 2010 Aug 4)
Win32 GUI: last message from startup doesn't show up when there is an echoerr
command. (Cyril Slobin, 2009 Mar 13)
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)
opening/closing window causes other window with 'winfixheight' to change
height. Also happens when there is another window in the frame, if it's not
very high. (Yegappan Lakshmanan, 2010 Jul 22, Michael Peeters, 2010 Jul 22)
Directory wrong in session file, caused by ":lcd" in BufEnter autocommand.
(Felix Kater, 2009 Mar 3)
Session file generates error upon loading, cause by --remote-silent-tab.
(7tommm (ytommm) 2010 Nov 24)
Using ~ works OK on 'a' with composing char, but not on 0x0418 with composing
char 0x0301. (Tony Mechelynck, 2009 Mar 4)
Searching for composing char works, but not when inside []. (ZyX, Benjamin R.
Haskell, 2010 Aug 24)
This does not work yet: "a\(%C\)" (get composing characters into a submatch).
A function on a dictionary is not profiled. (ZyX, 2010 Dec 25)
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, such 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.
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.
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)
shellescape() depends on 'shellslash' for quoting. That doesn't work when
'shellslash' is set but using cmd.exe. (Ben Fritz)
Use a different option or let it depend on whether 'shell' looks like a
unix-like shell?
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.
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)
Maybe call it v:motiontype.
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.
":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.
Similar problem with ":e". (Marc Montu, 2014 Apr 22)
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?
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.
c.vim: XXX in a comment is colored yellow, but not when it's after "#if 0".
(Ilya Dogolazky, 2009 Aug 7)
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.
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)
When 'rightleft' is set, cursorcolumn isn't highlighted after the end of a
line. It's also wrong in folds. (Dominique Pelle, 2010 Aug 21)
Using an insert mode expression mapping, cursor is not in the expected
position. (ZyX, 2010 Aug 29)
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.
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?
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)
Using --remote-silent while the current directory has a # in the name does not
work, the # needs to be escaped. (Tramblay Bruno, 2012 Sep 15)
When using remote-silent the -R flag is not passed on. (Axel Bender, 2012 May
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: Using "gvim --remote-tab-silent elŝuti.txt" doesn't work, the
multi-byte character isn't passed and edits elsuti.txt.
(Raúl Núñez de Arenas Coronado, 2015 Dec 18)
Problem with 'langmap' being used on the rhs of a mapping. (Nikolai Weibull,
2008 May 14)
Possibly related problem: Alexey Muranov, 2015 Apr 2
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.
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)
Patch by Christian Brabandt, 2013 May 31.
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.
GTK: when setting 'columns' in a startup script and doing ":vertical diffsplit"
the window isn't redrawn properly, see two vertical bars.
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
Fail to edit file after failed register access. Error flag remains set?
(Lech Lorens, 2010 Aug 30)
Patch for redo register. (Ben Schmidt, 2007 Oct 19)
Await response to question to make the register writable.
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)
try/catch not working when inside a for loop. (ZyX, 2011 Jan 25)
":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)
Add ":nofold". Range will apply without expanding to closed fold.
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)
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)
":echoe" in catch block stops processing, while this doesn't happen outside of
a catch block. (ZyX, 2011 Jun 2)
'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
Cheng Fang made javacomplete. (2007 Aug 11)
Asked about latest version: 0.77.1 is on
More AmigaOS4 patches. (Peter Bengtsson, Nov 9)
Amiga patches with vbcc. (Adrien Destugues, 2010 Aug 30)
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 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 files that unix "find" can find very
quickly. 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?
A throw in a function causes missing an endif below the call. (Spiros
Bousbouras, 2011 May 16)
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)
Windows installer should install 32-bit version of right-click handler also on
64-bit systems. (Brian Cunningham, 2011 Dec 28)
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)
Windows installer: licence text should not use indent, causes bad word wrap.
(Benjamin Fritz, 2010 Aug 16)
Dos uninstal may delete vim.bat from the wrong directory (e.g., when someone
makes his own wrapper). Add a magic string with the version number to the
.bat file and check for it in the uninstaller. E.g.
# uninstall key: vim7.3*
Changes for Win32 makefile. (Mike Williams, 2007 Jan 22, Alexei Alexandrov,
2007 Feb 8)
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 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: 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)
Win32: patch for fullscreen mode. (Liushaolin, 2008 April 17)
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.
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 'fileencodings' 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)
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)
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'.
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
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?
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)
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)
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)
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)
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?
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.
Default for 'background' is wrong when using xterm with 256 colors.
Table with estimates from Matteo Cavalleri, 2014 Jan 10.
Setting 'background' resets the Normal background color:
highlight Normal ctermbg=DarkGray
set background=dark
This is undesired, 'background' is supposed to tell Vim what the background
color is, not reset it.
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
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?
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)
Netrw has trouble executing autocommands only for a directory. Add <isdir>
and <notisdir> to autocommand patterns? Also <isfile>?
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?
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
When right after "vim file", "M" then CTRL-W v the windows are scrolled
differently and unexpectedly. Caused by patch 7.2.398?
The magic clipboard format "VimClipboard2" appears in several places. Should
be only one.
Win32, NTFS: When editing a 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)
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.
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)
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.
":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)
Patch to support horizontal scroll wheel in GTK. Untested. (Bjorn Winckler,
2010 Jun 30)
Add an option for a minimal text length before inserting a line break for
'textwidth'. Avoids very short lines when a very long word follows.
(Kartik Agaram)
Better plugin support (not plugin manager, see elsewhere for that):
- Avoid use of feedkeys, add eval functions where needed:
- manipulating the Visual selection?
- Add createmark(): add a mark like mM, but return a unique ID. Need some way
to clean them up again... Use a name + the script ID.
Add createmark( , 'c') to track inserts/deletes before the column.
- Plugins need to make a lot of effort, lots of mappings, to know what
happened before pressing the key that triggers a plugin action. How about
keeping the last N pressed keys, so that they do not need to be mapped?
- equivalent of netbeans_beval_cb(). With an autocommand?
- Add something to enable debugging when a remote message is received.
More patches:
- Another patch for Javascript indenting. (Hari Kumar, 2010 Jul 11)
Needs a few tests.
- Add 'cscopeignorecase' option. (Liang Wenzhi, 2006 Sept 3)
- 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)
- 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.
No maintenance in two years...
- Patch to open dropped files in new tabs. (Michael Trim, 2010 Aug 3)
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)
7 Completion of network shares, patch by Yasuhiro Matsumoto.
Update 2004 Sep 6.
How does this work? Missing comments.
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?
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)
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 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+ 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 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)
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?
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 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.
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 The first event for any button in the menu or toolbar appears to get lost.
The second click on a menu does work.
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, browsedir() doesn't work nicely.
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.
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.
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.
Win32 console:
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)
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?
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 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 inputdialog() doesn't resize when giving more text lines. (David Fishburn,
2006 Sept 28)
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 In mac_expandpath() check that handling of backslashes is done properly.
"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.
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.
Is it better than what we have in src/tee?
8 When doing Insert mode completion a mapping cannot recursively call
edit(), because the completion information is global. Put everything in
an allocated structure?
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 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).
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
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.
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.
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 interpret 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 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 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) This appears to be fixed in Vim 7.3.
- 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.
- 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.
- Win32, MS-Windows: expanding plugin/**/*.vim also picks up
dir/ctags.vim,v. This is because the short file name is something like
"ctags~1.vim" and that matches the pattern.
- 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.
- 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)
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.
- 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 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>"?
- 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 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.
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.
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:
- 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 When making small changes, e.g. deleting a character, update the diff.
Possibly without running diff.
9 Instead invoking an external diff program, use builtin code. One can be
found here:
It's quite big and badly documented though.
8 Also show difference with the file when editing started? Should show what
can be undone. (Tom Popovich)
(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.
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.
- "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)
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
9 'fenc' in modeline problem: add option to reload the file when 'fenc' is
set to a different value in a modeline? Option can be default on. Could
it be done with an autocommand?
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 a special item to match with a composing character, so that composing
characters can be manipulated.
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.
- Add mnemonics from RFC1345 longer than two characters.
Support CTRL-K _{mnemonic}_
- 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', they should use "syn iskeyword".
Also need a separate 'iskeyword' for the command line, e.g., in a help
window ":e /asdf/asdf/" CTRL-W works different.
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 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.
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 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.
Vim 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.
At least use this for error messages.
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)
8 ":{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.
Requires copying the lines into a list and then creating a function to
execute lines from the list. Similar to getnextac().
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 Have a prefix for a function to make it unique. When using packages it
can be the plugin name.
Perhaps also have a way to remove everything that the package added?
including autocommands.
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".
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.
crypt() encrypt string
decrypt() decrypt string
base64enc() base 64 encoding
base64dec() base 64 decoding
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.
9 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).
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).
7 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.
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)
With a patch, but does it work?
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 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 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.
8 Add "zy" 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. originally (Erik Falor, 2008
April 18), updated (Ian Kelling, 2008 July 4)
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 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