I have a couple of things which suggest there's an issue with the way I use colorscheme with my vimrc file.

  • Errors when running source ~/.vimrc
  • The colorscheme used when opening a vim session

Sourcing vimrc

If I update my vimrc file and source it to see the changes in my current session I get the following error:

Error detected while processing /usr/share/vim/vim80/syntax/synload.vim:
line   19:
E185: Cannot find color scheme 'vim-monokai-tasty'

Despite the complaint the colour scheme does seem to update to be monokai-tasty. The colour scheme is at ~/.vim/colors/monokai-tasty.vim.

Vim Sessions

If I start a vim session with vim -S /path/to/session.vim some colour scheme, other than monokai-tasty is used. This would be a time where I may use :source ~/.vimrc and get the above errors, but also the correct colour scheme.

Saving the vim session after making changes to the colour scheme seems to have no effect upon starting a new session.

Any help would be greatly appreciated. Here is where you can find my vim and vim/colors directories

1 Answer 1


The colorscheme in question, "monokai-tasty.vim" does not properly set g:colors_name:

let g:colors_name = "vim-monokai-tasty"

g:colors_name should be set to the file name of the colorscheme without the .vim. Correct:

let g:colors_name = "monokai-tasty"

When the two differ, setting colorscheme initially appears to work. However there are instances where vim reloads the colorscheme, and it uses g:colors_name to do that. At that point the error will be generated.

  • 1
    Works great! Thank you so much.
    – BitFlow
    Jul 2, 2019 at 16:31
  • It would be worth it to create a issue in there Github issue tracker if they have one.
    – statox
    Jul 3, 2019 at 7:13

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