Take a plugin like Flake8. It instructs users to install using Vim 8's package manager by:
mkdir -p ~/.vim/pack/flake8/start/ cd ~/.vim/pack/flake8/start/ git clone https://github.com/nvie/vim-flake8.git
On Windows, this brings up some questions about the compatibility of these paths. What is
~ here? Should the files actually go in
~/.vim, or should they go in the Windows equivalent -
You can answer these questions by:
:echo $HOMEto learn what
:set packpathto show your packpath.
These are the answers I get on my copy of Windows 10, with a fresh install of Vim 8.1:
packpath=~/vimfiles,C:\Program Files (x86)\Vim/vimfiles,C:\Program Files (x86) \Vim\vim81,C:\Program Files (x86)\Vim/vimfiles/after,~/vimfiles/after
From those answers, it seems like the place to make the
pack/*/start directories is in
However, that doesn't work! If I put the Flake8 files in
C:\Users\user.name\vimfiles\pack\flake8\start, they don't get automatically loaded. And this problem doesn't seem to be with just with Flake8 - this doesn't work with any plugin I've tried.
:scriptnames, the only scripts that are picked up are in
C:\Program Files (x86). Nothing in
Note that there is no
.vimrc file in
~/.vim at this time.
I can verify that Flake8 works just fine if it's sourced manually, like so:
:source ~\vimfiles\pack\flake8\start\autoload\flake8.vim :source ~\vimfiles\pack\flake8\start\ftplugin\python_flake8.vim
Is it possible to use the Vim 8 package manager on a per-user basis when Vim is running on Windows? If it is, what am I doing wrong?