Entering insert mode automatically when editing git commit messages
If I do a
git commit, when Vim opens, I want to be in insert mode straight away.
I noticed that the
filetype is set to
gitcommit when editing, so I thought I could achieve this with an autocommand.
au BufRead gitcommit startinsert!
This doesn’t work though, what am I doing wrong?
I settled on
au FileType gitcommit execute "normal! O" | startinsert to add a new line above the current and then enter insert mode ready for entering a message.
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:au Event pattern command, the pattern is usually matched against the buffer name. Instead of
BufRead gitcommit, you could use
BufRead COMMIT_EDITMSG. If you want to match against the filetype option, then use the
I tend to write multi-line commit messages, and I have an autocommand (from vimrc_example.vim) that does
exe "normal! g`\""
whenever I enter a new buffer, so how about
au FileType gitcommit 1 | startinsert
to go to the first line before entering Insert mode? Now that I have tested it, I think I will keep it. 🙂
An alternate approach:
export GIT_EDITOR='vim +startinsert'
! in the end to start from the end of message (useful, when using git hooks for message completion)
export GIT_EDITOR='vim +startinsert!'
This is probably a bit more complex than it needs to be, but you can do this with an individual filetype plugin:
$ mkdir -p ~/.vim/ftplugin/gitcommit $ echo 'startinsert!' > !$/git-commit-insert.vim