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  • by rjbs (4671) on 2005.02.08 15:51 (#38095) Homepage Journal
    The 'hidden' option is a secret key to effective Vimming.

    With 'nohidden' set, Vim discards the buffer when you leave it. It loses all its session data, like the undo stack. It's also slower if you switch a lot, because it rereads the file to open the buffer when you switch back to a discarded buffer.

    If you set 'hidden' Vim will keep the buffer around when you leave it. You won't lose anything, except a little memory for the buffer to live in.

    Sometimes I use a box on which I haven't installed my vimrc [] and hidden isn't set. It's scary.

    The mailing list for Vim is decent, but noisy. I prefer #vim on freenode. It has a few very clued regulars, and I'm there too.