I have installed Dr. Chip's
netrw from his homepage, since it is newer and more often updated than the files that are part of the main Vim distribution.
Before Vim 8 I always sued the Vimball install method, by opening the
.vba and running
:source %. But, now that Vim 8 added the packages mechanism I decided to use that. I have my packages under:
So to install NETRW as a package I did:
cd ~/.vim/pack/packages/start/ wget http://www.drchip.org/astronaut/vim/vbafiles/netrw.vba.gz mkdir netrw.vim gunzip netrw.vba.gz vim netrw.vba :UseVimball ~/.vim/pack/packages/start/netrw.vim
And it installed correctly. But now when I edit a file and use a
netrw command, say,
:Lexplore I'm not sure which
netrw is being used. If I do:
vim foo :scriptnames 1: /etc/vimrc 2: /usr/share/vim/vimfiles/archlinux.vim 3: ~/.vim/vimrc (...) 20: /usr/share/vim/vim80/plugin/netrwPlugin.vim 21: /usr/share/vim/vim80/plugin/rrhelper.vim 22: /usr/share/vim/vim80/plugin/spellfile.vim 23: /usr/share/vim/vim80/plugin/tarPlugin.vim 24: /usr/share/vim/vim80/plugin/tohtml.vim 25: /usr/share/vim/vim80/plugin/vimballPlugin.vim 26: /usr/share/vim/vim80/plugin/zipPlugin.vim 27: ~/.vim/pack/packages/start/csv.vim/plugin/csv.vim 28: ~/.vim/pack/packages/start/csv.vim/ftdetect/csv.vim 29: ~/.vim/pack/packages/start/netrw.vim/plugin/netrwPlugin.vim 30: /usr/share/vim/vim80/scripts.vim
So the distribution
netrw runs first (20) and then runs the installed one (29). If I add
packloadall to my
vimrc the situation changes:
1: /etc/vimrc 2: /usr/share/vim/vimfiles/archlinux.vim 3: ~/.vim/vimrc 4: ~/.vim/pack/packages/start/csv.vim/plugin/csv.vim 5: ~/.vim/pack/packages/start/netrw.vim/plugin/netrwPlugin.vim (...) 19: /usr/share/vim/vim80/plugin/gzip.vim 20: /usr/share/vim/vim80/plugin/logiPat.vim 21: /usr/share/vim/vim80/plugin/manpager.vim 22: /usr/share/vim/vim80/plugin/matchparen.vim 23: /usr/share/vim/vim80/plugin/netrwPlugin.vim
And the installed
netrw in my directory runs first (5). Yet, the Vim distribution
netrw still runs (23)!
netrwwill Vim use when I do, say,
:Lexplore? It appears to use the new (Vimball installed one) for
:Lexplorebut I'm not sure since
:h pi_netrwgives me the new document, but
:h netrwgives me the old documentation (the one that comes with Vim).
:helptags ~/.vim/pack/packages/start/netrw.vim/docdoes not help with the documentation problem above (i.e. I get sometimes the new one and sometimes the old one). Is there something I'm doing wrong with this?
Does Vim always give preference to plugins/scripts/autoload commands that are in
~/.vim) above the ones in