It seems like any time I edit a file with gvim it creates a litany of files I don't want or seem to need. I understand the <filename>.~ files are backups of the file before I started editing and .<filename>.swp are swap files holding bits of data only while vim is open, but what is the purpose of <filename>.project.vim? Can I safely delete them? Can I make gvim stop creating them in the first place?

  • I don't believe that is a standard file for vim to create. Can you please try running vim with -u NONE (i.e. no ~/.vimrc to see if it still does it? Feb 5, 2015 at 21:36
  • @AndrewFerrier That's a negative. Also it only does it for files in some directories. I tested in a scratch area and it doesn't do it, but for example a git repo with a bunch of LaTeX stuff in it leaves them behind on every edit.
    – Caleb
    Feb 5, 2015 at 21:42
  • So it sounds to me, therefore, like you are loading a plugin which does that instead. Suggest you do a binary search (aka comment half of them) for the plugins you have installed to narrow down the culprit. Feb 5, 2015 at 21:43
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    @AndrewFerrier How about grep -R project.vim ~/.vim? It looks like Automatic LaTeX Plugin is to blame. I edit so many LaTeX files these days I didn't notice it wasn't happening except on these. That gives me a place to look for how to shut it off. Either I'll answer someday or anybody that looks up how ATP works can answer...
    – Caleb
    Feb 5, 2015 at 21:57

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From doc/automatic-tex-plugin.txt in the Automatic LaTeX Plugin source:

Setting one of the variables |b:atp_ProjectScript| or
|g:atp_ProjectScript| to 0 the feature will be turned off.  Local
variable, i.e. b: has precedence over the global one g:.  So you can
turned off the feature for only specific files. The global variable
will turn it off for all files.

So simply adding:

let g:atp_ProjectScript = 0

to your .vimrc should solve the problem.

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