I am searching for a plugin manager that has the option to install specific plugins only from tags on GitHub. I don't want to need to specify the tag. I want it to automatically use the newest tag. This would be a good option for plugins that do not keep a stable master branch, but do tag releases.

  • Why ask random strangers when you can read their documentation and decide for yourself?
    – romainl
    Commented Feb 21, 2016 at 20:02
  • @romainl You could apply that logic to any question asked anywhere on here. I did look through the documentation for some plugin managers. So far I have not found what I want. I am seeing if anybody knows of a manager that will satisfy my needs. Commented Feb 21, 2016 at 20:23
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    Indeed, good, well researched, questions are not really the hallmark of this site.
    – romainl
    Commented Feb 21, 2016 at 21:10
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    vim-plug's README says you can specify tags. Another way would be to setup a script that gets the latest tag and does a git checkout on it (using stackoverflow.com/questions/1404796/…), and using it as a post-update script in vim-plug.
    – muru
    Commented Feb 22, 2016 at 10:36
  • @muru Good idea! I will have to try that. Commented Feb 22, 2016 at 15:40

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The current version of vim-plug allows you to specify tags with wildcards and it selects the latest version (--sort -version:refname) if multiple matching tags are found. So you can simply write * if you want the latest tag. For example,

Plug 'fatih/vim-go', { 'tag': '*' }

And you'll see that the installer handles it as expected.

- Finishing ... Done!
- Latest tag for * -> v1.7.1 (vim-go)
- vim-go: Cloning into '/Users/jg/.vim/plugged/vim-go'...

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