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NeoVintageous 1.19.0

NeoVintageous 1.19.0 has just been released. The highlights are the new vim modeline feature, improved marks, new shell commands, new options, new keys, and new aliases.


There are two notable changes:

  1. The 'ignorecase' option is now false by default.
  2. The 'winaltkeys' option is now "menu" by default.

To change the options back to the previous defaults open your RC file and add:

set ignorecase
set winaltkeys=yes

Vim modeline

The new vim modeline feature allows you to automatically set options with the :set command.

It's easiest to illustrate with an example. For example, if you add the following modeline to the top or bottom of your file:

# vim: tw=30 ts=2 nu

It will ensure the file is always loaded with textwidth=30, tabstop=2 (tab size) and the number option (gutter line numbers) enabled.

A modeline can be prefixed by any text, usually a comment.

// vim: tw=30 ts=2 nu

The following options are supported:


Modeline is enabled by default and replaces sublime-specific modelines.

See :help modeline for detailed documentation.


The most significant improvement to marks is how they now adjust their position with edits. To set a mark at the current cursor position (does not move the cursor, this is not a motion command):


Jumping to a mark can be done in two ways:

  1. With ` (backtick): The cursor is positioned at the specified location and the motion is exclusive.
  2. With ' (single quote): The cursor is positioned on the first non-blank character in the line of the specified location and the motion is linewise.

For example, set mark "t":


And then you can jump to the mark with




New shell commands


:[range]r[ead] !{cmd}

Execute {cmd} and insert its standard output below the cursor or the specified line. {cmd} is executed like with :!{cmd}. For example to insert the output from :!ls below the current line:

:read !ls

And to put it below line 9:

:9read !ls

The shell that is used in the command part (:!{cmd}) can be configured, the default is $SHELL or "sh" and on Windows it's "cmd.exe":

set shell=/bin/bash

To start a new shell use the :shell command, the program used to start the shell can be configured with the vintageous_terminal setting e.g. to use GNOME Terminal update your settings with:

    "vintageous_terminal": "gnome-terminal"

New options

Several new options are available:

'textwidth' 'tw'wrap_width sublime setting
'tabstop' 'ts'tab_size sublime setting
'expandtabs' 'et'translate_tabs_to_spaces sublime setting

'expandtabs' has since been renamed 'expandtab'

New keys

All of the new keys can be mapped!

  • <C-bs> alias to h
  • <C-home> alias to gg
  • <C-left> alias to B
  • <C-pagedown> alias to gt
  • <C-pageup> alias to gT
  • <C-right> alias to W
  • <C-space>
  • <D-.>
  • <D-S-.>
  • <D-bs>
  • <D-cr>
  • <D-del>
  • <D-down>
  • <D-home>
  • <D-left>
  • <D-pagedown>
  • <D-pageup>
  • <D-right>
  • <D-space>
  • <D-up>
  • <Enter> alias to <CR>
  • <M-left> alias to h
  • <M-right> alias to l
  • <Return> alias to <CR>
  • <S-down> alias to CTRL-f
  • <S-left> alias to b
  • <S-right> alias to w
  • <S-up> alias to CTRL-b
  • <insert> alias to i

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