If I use the color logging for maven, the file path is corrupted by the coloring syntax:

^[[1;31m[ERROR]^[[m /home/foo/bar/src/main/java/com/domain/bar/App.java

instead of

[ERROR] /home/foo/bar/src/main/java/com/domain/bar/App.java:[48,50] cannot find symbol

How can I have a colored output and correct path for the quickfix window?

I use http://www.aheritier.net/united-colors-of-maven/ to have colored output.

  • I have the same issue using github.com/jcgay/maven-color – Ôrel Mar 25 '16 at 16:27
  • Can pipe the data through something like col -b to remove the color escape codes? – Peter Rincker Mar 25 '16 at 19:45
  • I would like to have the color during the build, color can be remove by MAVEN_OPTS="$MAVEN_OPTS -Dmaven.color=false". When I build C I have no issue with the color. – Ôrel Mar 25 '16 at 20:37

Vim does not support Ansi escape color codes. The AnsiEsc.vim plugin attempts to fix this for some cases. However I doubt AnsiEsc can be combined with the quickfix list in any meaningful way.

I suggest you remove the color from your maven output so you can use the quickfix functionality like :cnext/:cprev. Here is a simple 'errorformat' value for maven 3:

set errorformat=[ERROR]\ %f:[%l\\,%v]\ %m

For more help see:

:h :make
:h 'makeprg'
:h 'errorformat'
:h errorformat
:h quickfix
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My solution to have color working into vim and console is to use https://github.com/jcgay/maven-color

Then set the colored log pattern into /opt/apache-maven-3.3.9/conf/logging/log4j2.xml

<Console name="maven-color-true" target="SYSTEM_OUT">
  <PatternLayout pattern="%highlight{[%p] %mavenMsg%n%rEx}{FATAL=red, ERROR=red, WAR>

The tips is to keep the leading [ERROR] using [%p] into the pattern.

Then into maven-compiler.vim/compiler/mvn.vim (thanks @Peter Rincker)

CompilerSet errorformat+=%E%.%#[ERROR]\ %f:[%l\\,%c]\ %m,%Z

or the solution is to have color for console and into vim deactivate color in maven-compiler.vim/compiler/mvn.vim:

CompilerSet makeprg=MAVEN_OPTS=\"$MAVEN_OPTS\ -Dmaven.color=false\"\ mvn
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