Tuesday, April 14, 2009

Set Hidden

If you've ever tried to type :only and had Vim refuse to hide existing buffers because they contain changes, you can use :set hidden to override this behavior. Just remember to keep the possibility of hidden modified buffers in mind when you're doing a :q!.


graywh said...

Most vim users will recommend using 'hidden'.

And the help for :q[uit]! explicitly states that it "Does not exit when there are changed hidden buffers."

Joseph G Gay said...

Hi, Travis. First, thanks for maintaining this blog! I've found many useful things here.

To add to the comment by graywh, finding :set hidden was a joy for me; I prefer to use a metaphor of buffers, swapping them using :b and smart completion. The ability to swap without saving is great.