After installing ctrlp via pathogen, my default spelling dictionary is located at:


Instead of its previous location:


While I can always dig into the root cause and modify the plugin, or symlink the directory, is this normal/intentional?

  • Do you have something like set rtp^=~/.vim/bundle/ctrlp.vim/ in your vimrc? If so remove it
    – FDinoff
    May 8, 2015 at 21:21
  • Yes, the instructions here: kien.github.io/ctrlp.vim say to do so.
    – ideasman42
    May 9, 2015 at 3:06

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The instructions found at http://kien.github.io/ctrlp.vim assume you don't have a plugin manager. So it tells you to do the runtime path fiddling yourself (which is an incorrect assumption in this case).

If you read :help 'spellfile':

When a word is added while this option is empty Vim will set it for
you: Using the first directory in 'runtimepath' that is writable.  If
there is no "spell" directory yet it will be created.

You will see that vim uses the first directory that is writable in your runtime path to place the spellfile. The first directory is the ctrlp directory since you used set rtp^= to prepend the path to the runtime path.

The first solution would just be to remove the set rtp^=~/.vim/bundle/ctrlp.vim line from your vimrc since, that's what pathogen does for you. The second solution would be to change the spellfile with set spellfile=<absolute_path_to_new_file>

As an FYI, a more up-to-date fork of ctrlp is found at https://github.com/ctrlpvim/ctrlp.vim

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