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How does vim executes a plugin?

Title. To ask what is the plugin system ? I could not find answers how the plugins are actually loaded/executed in vim. I know that vim looks for them in specific locations. An attempt on what an ...
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Issue when moving Vim9script plugin's functions to autoload

I've read :help write-plugin to understand a bit more about how to write a plugin in Vim9script, but there aspects of that that puzzle me. Here's a very simplified, working version of the example ...
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Plug-in to create comment layer

Is there any plug-in where you can write text without being in insert mode but it’s not being written to the actual file? If you enter insert mode, all that comment text disappears. It should be in a ...
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How portable is my $HOME/.vim directory?

I'm at home on a few unixy systems, FreeBSD/amd64, Linux/amd64 and Solaris/Sparc. I would like my ~/.vim directory as portable as possible, ideally in such a way I can keep them identical (say, rsync ...
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If I change the name of my plugin, will it cause issues for existing users?

I've recently released vim-surround-funk, which was inspired by tpope's vim-surround. Originally, I was calling it surround-funk.vim, but I changed the name to be more consistent with vim-surround's ...
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Prevent plugins from loading if python not found

I'm working on a server that has various different python installations set up. At any one time, only one will be accessable and working, depending on what I am working on. Some are python2, some ...
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Where are neovim's cached, file-specific settings?

Vim has a ~/.vim/view/ directory for storing file-specific settings, such as saved cursor position and any command manually ran while viewing a file. Sometime, when I would update and source my vimrc, ...
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Vimscript - Loading function(s) from another .vim file

I'm forking an old vim plugin (effectively dead since 2018) that needed some love. Once I got to the .vim file, I noticed that the functions were all defined in there, which made the file unreasonably ...
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Vim Inside Docker Container Doesn't Recognise Plugins via Vim 8's Own Plugin System

I'm trying to move my development environment into a Docker container to better manage my dependencies. Hence, I need Vim inside that container as well: git clone https://github.com/vim/vim.git &&...
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bufexplorer.vim plugin doesn't load

I installed ubuntu-20.04.3-desktop-amd64.iso on VirtualBox 6.1.28. It is my first foray into virtual machines and Linux. I installed Vim 8.1 according to this page. The :scriptnames command shows ...
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project-based config: how to load plugins/colors from custom subdir of $PWD when doing `vim -u local/vimrc ...`?

The Need, the Goal... By "project-based config" I mean a project contained in a git repo that contains all the vim configuration -- vimrc and plugins and colorschemes -- right there in the ...
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Should the filetypedetect augroup be used in plugins?

I'm writing my first Vim/Neovim plugin, which improves support for files managed by yadm. Pretty straightforward. However, while reading other plugins for inspiration, I have noticed that plugin ...
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cryptic error since Big Sur upgrade, :PlugInstall doesn't work, and none of my plugins work

Error: Error detected while processing BufWinEnter Autocommands for "*"..function <SNR>3_LocalVimRC[322]..BufWinEnter Autocommands for "*"..function <SNR>3_LocalVimRC: ...
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Creating vimrc kills my plugin

I have the following ~/.vim/filetype.vim: augroup filetypedetect au BufRead,BufNewFile *?Script.sml let maplocalleader = "h" | source /home/gergely/HOL/tools/vim/hol.vim " recognise ...
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Open buffer without loading ftplugins

I have huge file and quite slow plugin (loaded by vim-plug) for corresponding filetype. I want following: Plugin is loaded by default Option to fast open this file without loading plugin. Something ...
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Measurement/ tracking the time for editing a file (overall and statistics)

I use vim for coding and also for writing scientific articles and book chapters. It would be very interesting to know the time I spent on a file. For example how many hours or minutes the buffer was ...
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Global plugins source only once? [closed]

So here is a little experiment: with a clean config (i.e., no previous ~/.vimrc or ~/.vim/), do: $ mkdir -p ~/.vim/plugin/ $ vim ~/.vim/plugin/foo.vim And in that file, enter the following, save &...
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Highlight groups stop working after sourcing vimrc

I'm working on a todo plugin for Neovim, using the remote plugin API. I set highlight groups and matching patterns in my script, and then register it with call remote#host#RegisterPlugin. When Neovim ...
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Bset language to write a vim plugin? [closed]

Currently we can use many different languages to write a (neo)vim plugin. I heard that the vim language is actually pretty slow which was surprising me. I don't have the links of the websites anymore ...
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Vim-Plug uses wrong directory for plugins

I decided to switch from vim to neovim on a new system. I downloaded nvim, copied my .vimrc to ~/.config/nvim/init.vim and installed vim-plug to ~/.config/nvim/autoload/. At the start of my init.vim I ...
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How does one install a VIM plugin without a plugin manager?

I am new to vim, I watched this video and wish to give it a good try for a month to see how I like it. I want to add the NERDTree plugin to my vim, I'm actually using NeoVIM: NVIM v0.4.4 Build type: ...
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cannot save raw plug.vim file [closed]

MacOS, I am trying to save plug.vim file by: navigate to https://raw.githubusercontent.com/junegunn/vim-plug/master/plug.vim Using save file as option to save plug.vim to this location /usr/share/vim/...
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modules installed again and again

Here is a part of my ftplugin/fortran_state.vim " Check python modules and install{{{1 if !executable('fprettify') || !executable('fortls') || !executable('unidecode') :let choice =confirm(&...
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Adding Additional Syntax Highlight to nvim; cannot get .config/nvim/after/syntax to load .vim file

I'm trying to add additional syntax highlighting to a plugin I'm using for syntax highlighting. I've tried adding the additional syntax file fstrings.vim to the ~/.config/nvim/after/syntax folder but ...
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Can vim-plug write plugin settings directly to .vimrc?

I am new in using vim-plug. It works fine installing and updating all the plugins configured in .vimrc. But some plugins require some additional settings inside .vimrc to work correctly. Is there a ...
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Load plugins in vim started with --noplugin

I have my $EDITOR set to vim --noplugin -n -i NONE +star, which is what I usually want when committing with git etc. However, sometimes I decide I need those plugins (the builtin ~/.vim/pack kind, ...
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annoying red blocks in neovim

im using Neovim from my WSL terminal. I've been exploring the multiple plugins of this amazing open source project and this made me change my init.vim, a lot. Now i've messed it up and i don know how ...
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In Windows, plugins are not loading when gVim is started from a file

My gVim works perfectly when I open Vim\vim82\gvim.exe. However, when I right click a file and select open with > gVim the plugins do not load, while other settings in my _vimrc are applied like ...
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Override a plugin to restore movement key?

I'm using the pencil plugin which remaps the jk movement buttons to go up/down by row (text is soft wrapped) rather than line, which is usually helpful. But at times I want to have the normal behavior ...
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Manually disable scripts(/plugins) during a session?

Sorry if this is a noob question(I'm new to configuring vim) but I was wondering if it is possible to disable startup scripts manually during a Vim session. I am aware of the :scriptnames command ...
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How do plugins work when providing several custom keys in a plugin-specific window?

I'm referring to plugins like gundo and nerdtree, which offer a whole lot of key bindings only when the cursor is their window. Therefore, I was wandering if there's a common or preferred way to ...
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how i set floatterm plugin in neovim , that shortcut F5 compile javascript and how i do for other languages?

i plugged float-term plugin , that open terminal window in neovim. when i compile javascript with node in float term i did like :FloatermNew node % then it compiles fine and show me the output in ...
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Adding python directory

After following some advice my vimrc contains: set rnu set nu set autoindent set pythonthreedll=C:\Program Files (x86)\Vim\vim82\autoload\python37.dll set pythonthreehome=C:\Program Files (x86)\Vim\...
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vim-fetch install

I downloaded vim-fetch, but the install instructions are not clear to me: Download and source the most current vimball from the releases list, then run :helptags {dir} on your runtimepath/doc ...
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What does mean pi_ prefix?

I've found that some plugins have the prefix "pi_", for example: /usr/share/nvim/runtime/doc/pi_spec.txt /usr/share/nvim/runtime/doc/pi_tar.txt /usr/share/nvim/runtime/doc/pi_msgpack.txt /...
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Removed Plugin still has active keybindings from view/ files

I installed the plugin vimtex. Then I installed the plugin tex-vim (aka Latex suite). The compilation keybinding (<Leader>ll) from vimtex stopped working, since tex-vim takes over it. So I ...
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Vim plugin installation saying that I have to check my access rights

I'm using a plugin manager Vim Plug and I'm trying to install YouCompleteMe but I keep on getting this error and I don't know what to do with this. I use VIm8 x YouCompleteMe: Cloning into '/home/...
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How to autoload multiple rc-style files in Vim 8+

I want to split up my .vimrc into multiple files by language or toolchain, use case, etc. In fact, my end goal is to be able to provide instructions to students in the format of "If you want the ...
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Color themes listed as available in Vim not changing upon :colo [themename] command

I am trying to install themes using V8+ Vim (8.2) on a Windows 10 OS. I first tried following the standard instructions listed on the Dracula theme site here. Unfortunately, the naming conventions for ...
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Update a Vim Session file's loaded plugins without losing window positioning

I have a Vim Session file I created by doing: :mksession Then I quit Vim. I then downloaded a plugin to: ${HOME}/.vim/pack/vendor/start/vim-markdown-folding and then I fired up Vim with the session ...
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Organize plugins and .vimrc settings for different filetypes using ftplugins?

I'm new to vim (8.2) and have been learning how to set it up on my computer (Ubuntu 18) for the past few days. I'd like to configure VIM so that when I open code in different programming languages, ...
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Why do plugins have to check if they are already loaded?

I noticed that most of the plugins I use have a line at the start that checks if the plugin has already been loaded. It often looks similar to this: if exists("g:loaded_commentary") ...
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How to provide shared variables for plugins?

I've written some Vimscript code* in which it's convenient to have a set of shared color names. To use the names, so far I've had to rely on code like this: execute 'source ' . expand('<sfile>:...
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Starting vimtex plugin from within a vim session

I use Vimtex to edit LaTeX documents in Vim. If I open an existing .tex file, the Vimtex plugin will be initiated automatically. However, if I create a new .tex file, there's no way to initiate the ...
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vim hangs when I open a typescript file

I have a vim 8.2 on a Gentoo Linux running on a more or less 8 years old PC. I almost never have a performance issue with vim, unless you open a one-line huge xml oder json file, but those are vary ...
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Neovim Lua integration

I'm trying to understand how can I use Lua to extend Neovim, following a baby steps approach. Something like: -- ~/.config/nvim/lua/test.lua local api = vim.api local firstmodule = {} function ...
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How to customize colorschemes without editing their source files?

Similarly to plug-ins, color schemes are commonly distributed as clone-able Git repositories, which make it less desirable to directly edit their source files (as sometimes suggested) when wanting to ...
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Is it possible to make some animation in vim

This issue may be a kind of nonsense but I still want to know if it is possible to make some dynamic stuff in vim 7 or vim 8. For example, load a file and make if move from left to right (just like ...
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Order in runtimepath of Vim packages or similar plug-in managers

Vim packages work by updating 'runtimepath' to include the top directories of the plug-ins in each package (and also the after/ directory), but the Vim documentation on packages isn't absolutely clear ...
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Is it possible to have a "quick edit" (inline-editing of another file, nested buffers) feature through plugins?

I wanted to know if it's possible through plugin mechanism to insert another "pane" in the middle of the buffer I'm editing. The ultimate feature that I want is inlining piece code which exists in ...
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