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Autocommand structure

:autocmd BufNewFile * :write
         ^          ^ ^
         |          | |
         |          | The command to run.
         |          |
         |          A "pattern" to filter the event.
         The "event" to watch for.

An example:

:autocmd BufNewFile,BufRead *.html setlocal nowrap

As seen here, a single autocommand can be bound to multiple events by separating the events with a comma.

:help autocmd-events

Autocommand Groups

It is possible to create duplicate autocommands which might slow down Vim. When a config file is sourced, Vim has no way of knowing if we want to replace an existing autocommand with a new one. A solution to this is to use augroup.

:augroup testgroup
:    autocmd!
:    autocmd BufWrite * :echom "Cats"
:augroup END

autocmd! clears out the group, and then Vim defines the autocommands present in the group, preventing duplicates.