I think this is not quite a duplicate, although it's close.

I often work with multiple, slightly different, checkouts of the same multi-directory project. I'd like to be able to jump around using tags and gf, always staying within the current checkout, without having to type anything at startup.

There is a different tags file at the top-level directory of each checkout. The checkouts are numerous and their locations far from static, so hard-coding in paths is not an acceptable solution.

A simple

set tags=tags;/

seems to work acceptably for the tags part. But to get gf to work I need to append the location of the tags files thus found (notably including the top-level directory) to the path somehow. Any ideas on how to do this?

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    Even though the location is not static, for a given checkout they are fixed to a specific location? I'm wondering if you couldn't setup a sort of "Per Project vimrc" but instead set one up per checkout.
    – jecxjo
    Apr 16, 2015 at 19:11
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    See vi.stackexchange.com/questions/2944/… - fugitive.vim + .git/tags = different tags per project Apr 16, 2015 at 22:35
  • @jecxjo This would work, but would be difficult for me to set up since I work on a large multi-developer project controlled by mostly emacs users, who would not allow me to commit the .vimrc to the top-level directory.
    – AGML
    Apr 17, 2015 at 21:29

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let &path += fnamemodify(tagfiles()[0], ':p:h')

should add the path of your tags file's parent directory to the path option.

Updating path each time you enter a buffer is probably a good idea:

augroup UpdatePath
    autocmd BufNewFile,BufRead,BufEnter * set path&vim | let &path += fnamemodify(tagfiles()[0], ':p:h')
augroup END
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    This looks good, but I get "E734: Wrong variable type for +=" when I include it.
    – AGML
    Apr 17, 2015 at 21:40

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