How to Use Vim with Clipboard on Debian

Instructions #

  1. Install extra package that can complete more features on Vim with GUI. There many packages are available on the repository. That is vim-athena, vim-gnome, vim-gtk and vim-nox. In this case, I have used Xfce which applies GTK GUI. I will install vim-gtk for enable clipboard feature and others. For Gnome user, you should installing vim-gnome. Read more

    $ sudo aptitude install vim-gtk
  2. Now, you will found + registers in :reg in Vim. Trick is use Vim
    registers

  • "+yy for yank to + register which is binding to clipboard
  • "+p (Normal mode) for paste from + register which is binding to clipboard
  • Ctrl r + (Insert mode) for paste from + register which is binding to clipboard

How to use registers in Vim #

  • Show a list of registers: press :reg in normal mode

  • Access Vim registers: Press " and following name of register.
    Ex.

    • "0 for accessing 0 register
    • "+ for accessing + register
  • Vim registers use: Press " [name] and vim command. Ex.

    • "0yy means to yank to 0 register
    • "5yy means to yank to 5 register
    • "5p means to paste from 5 register

For more detail about Vim register, I will write a post later.

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