Learned some more vim and tmux over the weekend.


  • Learned about folding in vim – zf<motion> to fold, zo to open a fold. :help folding will give more info.
  • :NERDtree allows me to navigate much easier.
  • ControlP bound to ctrl-p allows me to use Textmate style file find.
  • Since I have set mouse=a in my .vimrc, copy and paste to the system clipboard no longer works the same. I can select with my mouse while holding down the opt button and that will bring my regular copy back. However, this is not as useful since I have numbers in the gutter. Instead, I have ctrl-c bound to :w !pbcopy<Cr><Cr>.

I’m able to use vim more fluently now.


I turned off iTerm Preference General > Window > Use Lion-style Fullscreen windows because there is a delay due to the swiping animation when it has to switch desktop spaces. With it turned off, it’s real zippy.


Learned that you can detach a pane via <prefix> ! (prefix is ctrl-b but I bound it to ctrl-a because I find the screen binding more convenient – ie closer). The following is my ~/.tmux.conf.

# Set screen-like shortcuts  (also to avoid Ctrl-b for vi users)
set -g mouse-resize-pane on
set -g mouse-select-pane on
set -g mode-mouse on
unbind C-b
set -g prefix C-a
unbind ^a
bind-key ^a  last-window            # C-a C-a: quick switch to last-viewed window
bind-key ^i  select-pane -t :.+     # C-a C-i: cycle between panes in window
bind-key A   command-prompt "rename-window '%%'"
bind-key '"' choose-window
bind-key k   confirm-before -p "kill-pane #W? (y/n)" kill-pane
bind-key K   confirm-before -p "kill-window #W? (y/n)" kill-window
bind-key S   split-window
bind-key a   send-key 'C-a'

The first three lines allow my mouse and tmux to interact as you’d expect from a GUI interface. The rest is just rebinding to be more like the unix screen command – something I’m more familiar with.