I use the following settings to hide the netrw banner:

let g:netrw_banner=0

I know that this also displays the current directory, but it also displays a bunch of other things I'm not interested in. I just want to see the current place I'm in while using netrw.

Is there an option to reconfigure the banner? Or other alternative to display only the path I'm in netrw?

  • What is "a bunch of other things"?
    – nobe4
    Dec 8, 2016 at 15:59
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    This is how the netrw banner looks: imgur.com/a/HlDhc . I want to see only the path(in this example it's "/home"). Does this clarify your question? Dec 9, 2016 at 9:06
  • It does, you can add this your question I think.
    – nobe4
    Dec 9, 2016 at 9:29

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Considering that you have:

let g:netrw_banner=0

You can use 'I', 'i', 'qf' :

  • I - Toggle the banner (in order to see the path). (:h netrw-I)

  • i - "The "i" map cycles between the thin, long, wide, and tree listing formats...", "The tree listing format has a top directory followed by files and directories preceded by one or more "|"s, which indicate the directory depth. One may open and close directories by pressing the key while atop the directoryname. | (h: netrw-i)

  • qf - will show information about the file or directory (and also the path). | (:h netrw-qf)

  • Didn't knew about qf, thanks for the tip. It seems to me that currently netrw has no way of configuring the banner to display only the current directory. Dec 14, 2016 at 8:56
  • Me neither, I just found out about it thanks to your question. Thank you! Remember that you can still quickly (un)toogle the banner with 'I', it doesn't matter if you have 'banner=0'. I looked in the plugin files, and the banner seems to be just a couple of called functions. In theory, you could delete what you don't need and stay only with the banner. But it is up to you how deep you wanna go... Thanks again for asking, I learned a lot. ( :
    – lsrdg
    Dec 14, 2016 at 10:42

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