When I start gvim without rc file (gvim -i NONE -u NONE -U NONE), gvim still reads $VIMRUNTIME/menu.vim. I am looking for a way to prevent gvim from doing exactly that.

In fact, :help -U explicitely states

-U {gvimrc} [...]
        Exception: Reading the system-wide menu file is always done.

Do I have to interpret this exception such that there is really no way to start gvim without the menu.vim?

  • I just make the file empty on packaging Vim (removing it causes errors). But now opened :help menu.vim and it mentions :let did_install_default_menus = 1 and :let did_install_syntax_menu = 1, did you try setting them?
    – xaizek
    Nov 20, 2016 at 15:16
  • In order to set these variables, I'd need an rc file to assign the respective values. But, by using -U NONE and -u NONE I explicitely state to not use any rc file Nov 20, 2016 at 15:19
  • You can try setting them via --cmd (not -c or + probably) command-line switch.
    – xaizek
    Nov 20, 2016 at 15:21
  • This did indeed do the trick. But I am still having the illusion, that there is a more easy way for this. Nov 20, 2016 at 15:45
  • :help 'guioptions'
    – romainl
    Nov 20, 2016 at 15:48

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You can prevent loading the menu by setting the 'go' option.

Excerpt from my .vimrc:

" don't want any menus, just an term like gvim
" needs to come first, because :syn on and :filetype
" would else load the system menu
set go=M
  • You might want to add the --cmd thingy so that I can accept your answer. Nov 20, 2016 at 17:59
  • I think the reader can figure it out by themselves :) Nov 21, 2016 at 12:37
  • I for one couldn't. Nov 21, 2016 at 13:21
  • I don't understand. You know --cmd and you know the option name and setting. What exactly do you have problems with finding out? Nov 21, 2016 at 17:01
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    I believe the OP means that they didn't know about the --cmd option when they first read your answer, and thus couldn't figure out how to apply the change until someone else told them about the --cmd option. Therefore, they believe having it in the answer would be helpful (not to solve their problem, but for future readers).
    – Rich
    Dec 21, 2016 at 16:45

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