Vim and cursor position

James Darnley
Sun Feb 14 22:18:00 GMT 2016

On 2016-02-14 21:24, Gary Johnson wrote:
> On 2016-02-14, James Darnley wrote:
>> To the maintainer, Yaakov, or anyone else who knows:
>> Have the compilation options of Vim changed recently?  Is there some
>> other recent change that would cause the behaviour described below?
>> Vim now appears to be remembering the last position of the cursor when
>> you open files.  I notice it most when running 'git commit', the cursor
>> never starts on the first line but would appear to be where ever I ended
>> the previous message.
>> I find this jolly annoying.
>> I would appreciate any insights people can offer.
> Recent releases of the Cygwin Vim package (starting with 7.4.1179-1,
> 2016-01-29) have included Red Hat's or Fedora's /etc/vimrc, which is
> loaded first when starting Vim.  That file contains a BufReadPost
> autocommand to do what you observe.
> I don't like it, either, so I have this in my ~/.vimrc:
>     " Remove the (annoying) /etc/vimrc autocommand that positions
>     " the cursor " to the location it last had when the file was
>     " closed.
>     "
>     if exists("#fedora#BufRead#*")
> 	au! fedora BufRead *
>     endif
>     if exists("#redhat#BufRead#*")
> 	au! redhat BufRead *
>     endif
> For Cygwin, you need only one of those, but I'm at home, my Cygwin
> installation is at work, and I don't remember whether Cygwin uses
> the Fedora or the Red Hat version of /etc/vimrc.
> You may want to take a look at /etc/vimrc and see if it makes any
> other settings you find undesirable and undo them in your ~/.vimrc
> as well.
> Regards,
> Gary

Thank you very much.  For everyone's information: /etc/vimrc appears to
group things under "fedora".

P.S.  Sorry about the double mail Gary.

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