There is probably an easy solution for this, but here it goes : whenever I do a git commit, an error appears (copied hereunder). Vim then starts, some of my .vimrc features are enabled, some are not.

Since I don't need all of my .vimrc options to just write a commit, I thought that a possible solution for that would be to create a .vimrc file specifically for git commits, but I don't know how that should be done?

Error :

Error detected while processing /home/homehome/.vimrc:
line  106:
E518: Unknown option: foldenable
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    Note that foldenable is local to a window thus you shouldn't put it in your vimrc at all since the setting will not be applied on all of the windows. I also think that if your problem is that you have an error in your vimrc you should correct the error rather than changing your vimrc :)
    – statox
    Commented Jan 25, 2018 at 10:53
  • @statox Thank you very much for the 'local window' precision ! Regarding the error in the .vimrc, it seems however that the error only pops up when Vim is called from git commit, and never happens otherwise... Also, where should I put the foldenable option then ?
    – Feffe
    Commented Jan 25, 2018 at 10:57
  • You're welcome :) Does that solve your problem with your git commits?
    – statox
    Commented Jan 25, 2018 at 10:59
  • @statox not yet, I posted the comment without meaning it, then edited it to explain more in details, which I guess you thus did not see :)
    – Feffe
    Commented Jan 25, 2018 at 11:09
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    Are you certain you're using the same Vim executable in both instances? What does :version report in regular Vim and in git commits?
    – Rich
    Commented Jan 25, 2018 at 11:29

1 Answer 1


It is strange that the error just appear with git commit -- I guess you have two versions of Vim installed, and the one used by git is older/have less features and thus complain about that option.

You could try to configure you git editor passing the full path of the Vim you normally use.

In any case, I agree with the comments on your question: you should fix your vimrc instead of creating another one. And that setting a option which is local to window doesn't make much sense -- it would be better in a filetype-plugin or in a modeline.

As a last resort you could check if the option is available before setting it. In :help 'foldenable' it says it requires the folding feature, so you can if that feature using has(), or maybe check directly the option as explained in :help exists().

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    "Re"-telling git that I wanted Vim for editor (git config --global core.editor vim) worked. Thanks !
    – Feffe
    Commented Jan 25, 2018 at 13:05
  • @Feffe glad it worked!
    – mMontu
    Commented Jan 25, 2018 at 15:12

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