All I was trying to do is enable syntax highlighting on my local machine that matches the syntax highlighting on my remote. I googled around and someone explained that all that was needed was a modification to the local .vimrc file. Somehow, though, I think I have managed to screw up vim.
I try to open vim:
username ~ $ vim Error detected while processing /Users/username/.vimrc: line 52: E33: No previous substitute regular expression Press ENTER or type command to continue
Pressing enter opens vim, but I'd still like to resolve this error.
Then I cd'd into the proper directory:
username ~ $ cd /Users/username username ~ $ vim .vimrc Error detected while processing /Users/username/.vimrc: line 52: E33: No previous substitute regular expression Press ENTER or type command to continue
I press enter, and then I get my .vimrc file (I copy/pasted the vimrc file that has the syntax highlighting I want from a remote (Linux) to my local (Mac), which might be the issue but I'm too much of a n00b to understand why):
" All system-wide defaults are set in $VIMRUNTIME/debian.vim and sourced by " the call to :runtime you can find below. If you wish to change any of those " settings, you should do it in this file (/etc/vim/vimrc), since debian.vim " will be overwritten everytime an upgrade of the vim packages is performed. " It is recommended to make changes after sourcing debian.vim since it alters " the value of the 'compatible' option. " This line should not be removed as it ensures that various options are " properly set to work with the Vim-related packages available in Debian. runtime! debian.vim " Uncomment the next line to make Vim more Vi-compatible " NOTE: debian.vim sets 'nocompatible'. Setting 'compatible' changes numerous " options, so any other options should be set AFTER setting 'compatible'. "set compatible " Vim5 and later versions support syntax highlighting. Uncommenting the next " line enables syntax highlighting by default. if has("syntax") syntax on endif " If using a dark background within the editing area and syntax highlighting " turn on this option as well "set background=dark " Uncomment the following to have Vim jump to the last position when " reopening a file "if has("autocmd") " au BufReadPost * if line("'\"") > 1 && line("'\"") <= line("$") | exe "normal! g'\"" | endif "endif " Uncomment the following to have Vim load indentation rules and plugins " according to the detected filetype. "if has("autocmd") " filetype plugin indent on "endif " The following are commented out as they cause vim to behave a lot " differently from regular Vi. They are highly recommended though. "set showcmd " Show (partial) command in status line. "set showmatch " Show matching brackets. "set ignorecase " Do case insensitive matching "set smartcase " Do smart case matching "set incsearch " Incremental search "set autowrite " Automatically save before commands like :next and :make "set hidden " Hide buffers when they are abandoned "set mouse=a " Enable mouse usage (all modes) :set shiftwidth=4 :set autoindent :set smartindent ~ " Source a global configuration file if available if filereadable("/etc/vim/vimrc.local") source /etc/vim/vimrc.local endif
So I have two questions here: how can I enable syntax highlighting, and how can I fix whatever it is that I screwed up?