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95 points by hyperbling on July 7, 2013 | hide | past | web | favorite | 27 comments

The delay in leaving insert mode used to drive me nuts in vim-powerline. I posted an issue and the author pointed me to this helpful Vim config snippet as a workaround (original link gone as the vim-powerline issue tracker has been removed, so reposting as a gist): https://gist.github.com/brendonrapp/5944296

I imagine the delay that the README for this project is referring to might be the same thing, so hopefully it can be alleviated with this same trick.

EDIT: Looks like the official Powerline docs share this little trick now: https://powerline.readthedocs.org/en/latest/tipstricks.html

Oh brilliant, I didn't even realize it was powerline that was giving me this issue. They should probably consider making this trick more prominent.

I happen to really like this. I used a few lines in vimrc to make mine a little more practical for me:

  "" airline settings
  " remove separators
  let g:airline_left_sep=''
  let g:airline_right_sep=''
  " remove unused modes
  let g:airline_enable_fugitive=0
  let g:airline_enable_syntastic=0
  " set second section to filename
  let g:airline_section_b="%f"
  " empty third and fourth sections
  let g:airline_section_c=""
  let g:airline_section_x=""
  " put filetype in fifth section
  let g:airline_section_y="%Y"
curious to see how other people have theirs configured.

my full vim config is on github [1].

[1]: https://github.com/daturkel/vim-config

> the old version still works well, but since it's deprecated new features won't get added

While it's deprecated, the author is actively working on this: https://github.com/Lokaltog/powerline, which works well and has even more functionality.

I've spent hours trying to get powerline to work with the patched fonts on OSX and Macvim without any results. This is lightweight, simple and just worked out of the box. Also the light theme is amazing. THANK YOU!

You can use Powerline without a patched font. Set the separator accordingly it won't use fancy symbols.

you're welcome! i had a lot of fun writing this.

Is there a nice status line plugin that isn't full of color / visual noise? This would be by far the loudest and most animated part of my vim screen. I've tried powerline too and found it little but a distraction.

I basically don't need to know which mode I'm in, either - if I somehow forget, or come back to vim after a while, I can just hit escape to reset its state.

What are you looking for in a status line plugin then? You can customize it a lot in your vimrc without a plugin.

This is slick. Anyone with more vim-fu than me have a good way to add mixed tabs/spaces warnings to airline?

You can accomplish something similar with listchars and list:

  set list
  set listchars=tab:»·,trail:·
It will not give you a file-wide warning but it will make tabs stand out (along with trailing whitespace).

Not much help if you actually want tabs, granted.

Oddly enough I added listchars data to my vimrc today without even thinking it would be helpful for detecting mixed. This ought to be good enough for now, thanks!

here's a blog post i found that does what you need (http://got-ravings.blogspot.com/2008/10/vim-pr0n-statusline-...)

and then you can replace one of the airline sections with it.

I like this a lot, and it's particularly relevant to me since I occasionally find myself running an older version of vim. Therefore I always like seeing plugins written in pure vimscript.

He also has some cool blog vim-related posts: http://bling.github.io/

Sadly this is incredibly slow on my netbook. Takes ages to return to normal mode. Back to powerline, or maybe vanilla.

hi. is this the same problem that `set ttimeoutlen=10` addresses or something else?

How long was the flight?

Also: thanks for publishing this!

8 hour flight, written over international waters!

Yeah, I have been using this for a few days, and it is very nice.

Very cool. Much easier to get working than powerline, imho.

Will it install with pathogen?

Looks great btw!

Pathogen is mentioned in the README

Check out vundle as an alternative to pathogen. I haven't looked back.

I also recommend Vundle [1]. It can install any plugin that can be installed with Pathogen.

[1] https://github.com/gmarik/vundle

I installed it with Pathogen and haven't had any issues.

Great job, I love it!

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