Is there a place where the netrw source code repository is hosted, so I can view its revision history? If not, is there at least a changelog somewhere?

If I do git log on netrw.vim in the vim repository, all I see is "Update runtime files" commits, which changes bunch of plugins at the same time and is not informative at all.

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Not quite a repository but netrw script seems to fit the bill (at least until 2014, or netrw v. 150).

From then on you can find the complete history in the file vim/runtime/doc/pi_netrw.txt, the reference manual for netrw, in chapter 12 - History. You can find that information at :help netrw-history.

Under :help netrw-debug, the author lists an URL where to find the latest development version of the plug-in, but it seems only a Vimball (zip file) is available from there, no links to a public source control repository, so it seems one is not really made available by the original author.

(thanks for giving me the impetus to find that :-))

  • Thanks. I still wonder if there is a repo somewhere, but at least I found some answers to my questions in that file. Commented Dec 28, 2019 at 20:28
  • @guntbert I added a few more details, including a link to :help netrw-history where that information can be looked up easily. I hope you agree with the edits. Feel free to modify if you'd like.
    – filbranden
    Commented Dec 28, 2019 at 20:46
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    @filbranden no worries - I am always stymied by the sheer amount of :help topics.
    – guntbert
    Commented Dec 28, 2019 at 20:47

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