I'm trying to use my MobaXTerm vim to access a remote file using netrw as follows:

vim scp://my_username@my_server//path/file.txt

I have password-less login set up (through .ssh / rsa_id, etc.).

This works fine from my OS X machine running vim 7.3, but not from MobaXTerm vim (also 7.3).

Does MobaXTerm's vim support netrw?

  • Have you already read :h netrw-ssh-hack?
    – Rich
    Commented Feb 5, 2016 at 16:20
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    @Rich I have not -- actually, when I try to use :help at all in MobaXTerm vim, I get E433: No tags file :/ Commented Feb 5, 2016 at 17:26
  • Ah. Here you go, then: vimhelp.appspot.com/pi_netrw.txt.html#netrw-ssh-hack I'd suggest trying to get it working with a password first, and then having a go at that. I guess check scp works in MobaXTerm outside of Vim, too.
    – Rich
    Commented Feb 5, 2016 at 17:49
  • @Rich Thanks for the link! I'll see what I can figure out. I also need to figure out why there isn't any /usr/share/vim/doc folder (where the help file would live). I should add: scp works fine from the MobaXTerm terminal. Commented Feb 5, 2016 at 17:52

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A couple of things to consider:

  • what is your g:netrw_scp_cmd?
  • you may need to give a full path to your system's scp
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    Hmm -- g:netrw_scp_cmd isn't set. Tried the full scp path (/bin/scp) but it simply tried to open a new file on my local system (as it did with scp alone) Commented Feb 12, 2016 at 3:31
  • The g:netrw_scp_cmd should be set after you've opened a netrw buffer, or if you've set it in your .vimrc. Another thing: try :help netrw-debug and get a trace of what's actually happening.
    – user21497
    Commented Feb 15, 2016 at 16:24

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