Is it possible to reload init.vim without quitting Vim (Neovim in my particular case, but I don't think it should be different)?

All the answers to this question that I've found here just say to re-source init.vim, however that doesn't seem to get rid of keybidings, functions, etc... that are already loaded.

I recently got rid of a plugin from my Neovim setup that had a conflicting keybinding, only to find that even though I had:

  1. modified and saved my config
  2. deleted the plugin directory
  3. and re-sourced my config

...the keybinding conflict was still there, with the additional failure that the called function couldn't be located.

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    depending on the mapping just :unmap should do it? Nov 9, 2022 at 19:41

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thanks to Christian Brabandt in the comments for pointing me down the right path. :help unmap opens right above :help mapclear, which does what I need. My process is now:

  1. modify & save config
  2. delete plugin directory
  3. :mapclear (kills ALL keybindings)
  4. :so ~/.config/nvim/init.vim

:unmap will also work, if you happen to know ALL of the keybindings set by the deleted plugin. I'm not so careful or knowledgeable about the plugins I use...

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    Note that in general sourcing your vimrc file doesn’t reload plugin/*.vim files, so that may prevent some mappings from being created or other code from executing.
    – D. Ben Knoble
    Nov 9, 2022 at 22:32
  • Good point. I copped the idea of putting each plugins vim-plug line and configuration code in individual plugin/*.vim files from a youtube video by jess archer, so my init.vim sources all those files explicitly. it's made for a much cleaner init.vim than my previous monstrosity, so credit to her.
    – rreagan3
    Nov 11, 2022 at 3:33
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    Any file in plugin directories on the runtimepath is executed automatically… :sourceing or :runtimeing them without a guard means they are run twice.
    – D. Ben Knoble
    Nov 11, 2022 at 21:27
  • @rreagan3 I see how it's tempting to explicitly load plugins, however you'd probably better make use of vim's mecanism to do that, as stated by DBK.
    – Biggybi
    Nov 12, 2022 at 8:56

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