I'm in folder E:\dir\python_file.py, :pwd shows E:\dir. :e tags opens the tags file I generated with ctags -R.

I've got tags set to what seems reasonable: set tags? shows set tags=./tags,tags;E:\. Verbose set tags shows only my vimrc.

Using :tag method_name throws two errors: E433: No tags file and E426: tag not found: method_name.

I'm on Windows.

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    gvim -u NONE -U NONE has it working fine, so I must just have a plugin doing something weird. May 18, 2015 at 5:44

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wildignore had a trailing comma.

My vimrc had set wildignore=*.png, which had a trailing comma. Changing it do set wildignore=*.png solved my issue.

It turns out, after looking at :set for a while, that ftplugin/python.vim does set wildignore+=*.pyc somewhere, because just set wildignore=*.png, isn't enough to break the tags. So the wildignore that I had, once I opened a .py file, was wildcard=*.png,,*.pyc, and if you open vim with vim -u NONE -U NONE, tags will break.

Vim must do some concatenation adding a comma if the setting isn't empty, but doesn't check for an existing trailing comma. Think I just found a bug.

Turns out it was a bug, and it has since been resolved.

  • Doing some testing, using a vimrc with only set wildignore=*.png, isn't enough to cause this, so maybe parsing gets stuck with any trailing comma? May 18, 2015 at 6:11
  • We'll see if it really is a bug code.google.com/p/vim/issues/detail?id=365 May 18, 2015 at 6:41
  • I would claim not a bug. This setting is a comma separated list. Since there is already a trailing comma in the setting it means that an empty item is in the setting. (Whether an empty item means anything is probably dependent on the setting). When you do += on a setting that is a comma separated list it will always add a comma unless it is empty since you are trying to add something to the list. Using the existing comma would remove the empty item. Which is probably unexpected. (:help :set+=) (However the empty item ignoring everything could be a bug)
    – FDinoff
    May 18, 2015 at 17:11
  • @FDinoff that's a good point, there could be a setting which expects an empty item. May 18, 2015 at 18:07
  • @Viet No problem man! Jul 3, 2016 at 19:43

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