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I want to be able to automatically apply my personal patches to plugins when they are updated.

For example, I would like to apply this patch every time the vim-fugitive plugin is updated.

I am using neobundle to manage my plugins, and would like to be able to do :NeoBundleCheckUpdate and have the latest upstream changes pulled, and then my patches / commits applied, and then have vim use the result.

Is there a way to automatically apply patches to plugins when they are updated upstream?

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Note that Neobundle is not maintained by its author anymore, it has been replaced by Dein.vim

In Dein.vim you have a post update hook option available (see :h dein-options-hook_post_update) which allows you to execute a function after a plugin is updated.

You can then create a function (in vim or with an external tool) which will apply the patch you want.

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