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Sacrilege!

A few days ago, I was comparing vim to emacs. What a sacrilege! Especially after I found the problem:

cirrus:~/.var/vim> ls -l
drwxrwx---  2 madduck madduck        6 2005-09-27 14:54 view/
-rw-------  1 madduck madduck 198580452 2006-01-20 21:12 viminfo
-rw-------  1 madduck madduck 182227200 2006-01-20 18:35 viminfo.tmp
-rw-------  1 madduck madduck        0 2006-01-20 18:35 viminfx.tmp
-rw-------  1 madduck madduck        0 2006-01-20 18:34 viminfy.tmp
-rw-------  1 madduck madduck        0 2006-01-20 18:33 viminfz.tmp

So something corrupted viminfo, vim's scratchpad, which explains it all.

Thanks to those who have expressed their condolescences.