December 22, 2009, 1:37 pm
If you’re working in Vim and paste something into the terminal, sometimes you’ll get a “staircase” effect where each line is progressively spaced farther outward, like so:
line 1 line 2 line 3 line 4
Obviously, this isn’t usually desirable.
To correct this, you can enable paste to prevent the staircase effect. In command mode, type:
This isn’t on by default. When paste is enabled, it disables mapping and some other functions, so you probably want to know how to turn it off as well: