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Insert date and time via vim
posted on 2013-10-16 00:30:54

Out of the box vim does not have any possibility to insert date/time information into text files you are editing. (At least that vim were sporting such functionality would be news to me.) But unix comes to help. Vim is programmable and makes it easy to bind anything to any key.

First how to obtain the proper date information. Test this on your command prompt:

date --rfc-3339=seconds

which produces something like

2013-10-16 00:03:26+02:00

To bind commands to keys in vim, the .vimrc file needs some editing. It lies in your homefolder. (This file could also be called _vimrc, if you are under windows. Depending on how you installed vim.) In case it does not exist, create a new one and insert the following line:

nnoremap <Leader>fs :.!date --rfc-3339=seconds<cr><esc>

If the timezone information is too much, just use instead:

nnoremap <Leader>fs :.!date --rfc-3339=seconds<cr><esc>$xxxxxx

and you have

2013-10-16 00:03:26

The binding can be used in normal mode in vim via \fs (press these three keys one after another), except if you have rebound your leader key. When used, the entire line will be replaced with the date entry.

Leaderkey rebinding can be done like here.

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