I have only one plugin at the moment (CtrlP) and I don't want to polute my environment with additional stuff that I'll have to depend on.

So I tried installing NERDTree directly (cloned from git in .vim/bundle), but I get error after error, for example I added:

autocmd VimEnter * NERDTree

to .vimrc and I got:

Error detected while processing VimEnter Auto commands for "*":
E492: Not an editor command: NERDTree`.

So I gave up at the end and now I'm using the simple :edit.

The thing is - can I manually install NERDTree - or any plugin at all - directly?

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    .vim/bundle is a pathogen thing. If you already installed CtrlP without pathogen you simply have to do the same for nerdtree.
    – romainl
    Nov 30, 2016 at 14:32
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    With Vim8 simply clone it to ~/.vim/pack/dist/start/nerdtree Nov 30, 2016 at 14:46

1 Answer 1


You can either manually do what Pathogen does for you:

set runtimepath+=~/.vim/bundle/nerdtree

Or, you can go back to the Stone Age and copy everything in that folder to ~/.vim.


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