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What is the Vim8 package feature and how should I use it?

Vim 8 was released today and the release notes mentions a new "package" feature. What is it and how should I use it? Most importantly, does it replace the good old plugin managers?
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How do I install a plugin in Vim/vi?

How do I install a plugin in Vim? Does it matter: Whether I use vi or Vim? Whether I use gVim? Which version of Vim I'm using? What my OS is?
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How can I redefine plugin key mappings?

I have installed a plugin that doesn't provide a mechanism to disable the key mappings it defines. I want to redefine one of the mappings (<leader>cc) defined by the plugin for my own pursope, I'...
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GitHub for .vimrc and plugins

I know many people store their .vimrc on GitHub to make it easier to get right to work on new machines, and that makes complete sense to me. Including plugins, however, is problematic, because the ...
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Settings and plugins when root (`sudo vim`)?

It's really frustrating when I need to edit a file as root and use sudo vim somefile.conf and I can't use any of my keybindings and settings and plugins. Is there a way to get all my customizations ...
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How to see if a plugin is active

How can I determine if a filetype plugin (such as vim-latexsuite) has been installed and activated when I open the appropriate file? Another popular editor would indicate that the relevant "minor mode"...
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Why aren't Vimballs commonly used?

I have seen that a lot of Vim Plug-ins don't seem to have Vimballs. Vimballs were/are basically a tarball for a plugin that vim knows how to install. They were/are thus slightly more convenient that ...
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How to patch add in Fugitive plugin?

This screen I got after running the :Gstatus command: Then I moved the cursor to init.vim file and pressed the p key, i.e. run git add –patch for the current file. Now I have this screen: As you can ...
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Figure out which plugin is responsible for a key binding

I was about to answer a question but realized that my answer depends on a key binding provided by a plugin I have installed. Even worse, I don't know which plugin provides it. The only way I know to ...
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How to conditionally load plugins

I was searching for an answer to this, but haven't found anything yet, so if I missed something obvious, I apologize. I thought it would be a quick google search away, so maybe it's more complicated ...
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What is a Vim plugin?

I understand that we can extend the power of Vim in order to add new features or modify existing ones and enhance our editing experience. Although being myself a Vim user for quite a long time, I am ...
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What makes a plugin Vundle compatible and are other plugin managers interchangeable?

For a long time now I've been using Vundle to manage my vim plugins. As best I can make out this basically just organizes plugins in an isolated directory structure and keeps track of updating them ...
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Detect most resource hungry plugin

I have some plugins installed for vim, I would like to know how can I find out what plugin uses most resources (CPU, RAM) ?
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Is it possible to use a delegate or to pass a function as argument in Vimscript?

I am trying to create a small plugin to learn vimscript, my goal is to create some functions processing a selected text and replacing it with the result. The script contains the following items: Two ...
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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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How do I install a .vimball Plugin?

I was given a plugin for Vim. It came in something called a .vimball. What am I meant to do with this exactly? Where do I put it? Do I need to be root to install it?
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How safe is it to use an unknown `_vimrc` or `vimscript` file?

I do not know if this question should be asked here or not. In almost every language, malware exists. Is the same also applicable for vimscript? Suppose vim is running with high system privileges. Is ...
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Experimenting with vim/gvim in "virgin" mode

Sometimes, I would like to try a trick I find in the internet. It is often helpful to try this in vim (gvim if it is a gui trick), in virgin mode, i.e., without loading all my ~/.vimrc stuff. Do you ...
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Gundo plugin requires python 2.4 when version 2.7 is installed

I have Python 2.7.9 installed. And now I get the message that the Gundo plugin requires 2.4. Is there a workaround? Here is my vimrc file: set nocompatible " be iMproved, required ...
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how to load vim8 optional packages in vimrc?

I am trying to load my optional language packages based on filetype. I am using vim8 native package feature. In vim I can load them with :packadd vim-javascript. However, I read in :help packadd - (...
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Setting syntax in ftplugin

I’m trying to set the syntax of Processing files (*.pde) to java with a ftplugin. .vim/ after/ ftdetect/ pde.vim ftplugin/ processing.vim In after/ftdetect/pde.vim I ...
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When should I use vim-addon-manager instead of a regular package manager?

On Debian based systems, there is a package named vim-addon-manager. My understanding is that it allows to install some plugins based on a repository of available plugins. To be able to install them, ...
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Summary of functions in current file?

While working in various source files, (C, Ruby, etc.) I find that I'm often hunting around for functions. Is there a way to have an auto-generated HUD that lists the structure of the current file? It ...
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Drawbacks of using Python to develop new code in a VIM plugin

In one of the vim plugins I use, we have been thinking about using python vs vimscript going forward (https://github.com/python-mode/python-mode/issues/813#issuecomment-344754563). I understand that ...
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Elegant way to support both python and python3 in vim plugin

I recently received a pull request to change my vim plugin to make it support python3. But these changes break the plugin for the vim on my Mac which seems to listen to python. python import sys ...
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In my vimrc how to test if a plugin is installed?

My use case is the following, but I think a general solution, working for as many plugins as possible would be preferable: I use the submodes plugin to create a submode handling windows. In my .vimrc ...
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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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How to design a command in a plugin that can be called from vimrc?

I'm working on a plugin that allows users to create custom operators. The operators would apply a VimL expression to the motion or text object that the operator moves over. Keeping a clean user ...
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Plugin help files not found

I am on windows 10 and installed pathogen into home/vimfiles/autoload, and as far as I know all went well. Following the directions here, I installed nerdcommenter. I restarted gvim, tried :help ...
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Add plugin directory

When I install plugins, I like to keep them organised in folders. For example, I have downloaded plugins that turn vim into a programming IDE. This file contains 16 folders and files which are ...
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What is the current 'best practice' for persistent preferences for a plugin?

I have a plugin (a unite sub-module) that filters extremely large textfiles down to generate a helpful 'table of contents'. I would like to provide the user with the ability to enable/disable many of ...
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In what order does vim read ftplugin files, syntax files, and the .vimrc when `filetype plugin on` and `set syntax=filetype` are called?

I've had some issues reconciling my .vimrc with files in ftplugin and after/ftplugin. In what order are they all read? For example: When vim encounters the line plugin filetype on in a .vimrc file, is ...
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How can I prevent plugins from overwriting my key mappings?

In my vimrc I have: nnoremap <F4> :SyntasticToggleMode<CR> And this works. But I also have the unicode.vim plugin installed, which overrides this mapping: if !hasmapto('<Plug>(...
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How to identify all the loaded ftplugins for the current file?

I have installed a lot of plugins and each may has its own ftplugin settings. What is the way to find out all ftplugin scripts that have been sourced for the current buffer? Just to summarize the ...
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Using vim-addon-manager

I just downloaded and installed vim-addon-manager using sudo apt-get install. I'm not sure what to do next, I entered vim-addon-manager at the bash prompt (Ubuntu 14.04). Here is the output: ~$ vim-...
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Vim to edit and submit to [Hackerrank]

HackerRank.com allows to solve their own set of programming problems with an online editor wich supports Emacs, Vim and 'Normal' modes. The Vim mode can't really replace a customized local vim and ...
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Resources for scripting vim with python [closed]

I love vim, I love python, and I dislike vimscript. So I would like to know how to write plugins (or throwaway scripts) for vim in python. Of course, the first reference should be :h python, but I ...
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Easiest way to insert LaTeX matrix?

Recently I found myself in a situation that need to type in quite a number of matrices to LaTeX by hand, so I was wondering if there are some tools that can help me to save some keystrokes. The ...
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Why vim plugins have a check on &cp

I'm trying to wrap my head around vim plugin development and I see a constant check on a variable to see if the plugin has already been loaded like: if exists('g:loaded_plugin') || &cp finish ...
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Why are inclusion guards used in vim plugins?

I see the following common pattern in the beginning of vim plugins (where NAME is a placeholder for some plugin identifier): if exists("g:loaded_NAME") finish endif let g:loaded_NAME = 1 For ...
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How an autoload/file.vim is loaded?

I am on WSL trying to understand why my fakeclip.vim doesn't work. I've added let g:fakeclip_platform = s:PLATFORM into ~/.vim/bundle/vim-fakeclip/autoload/fakeclip.vim, but I can't access the ...
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Can I set breakpoint in a vim plugin script written in python?

When a vim plugin is developed in a mixed script of vim script and python, can we set breakpoints and debug the python script. I tried to use PDB module, but vim is dead when it go to the pdb....
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Multiple plugin managers [duplicate]

I found out that a plugin I really like doesn't support the plugin manager I like, So the question is, can I use multiple plugin managers at the same time with vim? If so, I think I can use another ...
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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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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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Is there an ideal / idiomatic way to debug running plugins?

I sometimes have plugs stop working — in my case, mostly using async lookups with Unite. When this happens, I would like to see what is happening and look into how to configure around it, or make a ...
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How to update vim plugins with pathogen package manager?

I'm searching for a way to update all my vim plugins with pathogen. I see this is simple in other package managers like Neobundle or vundle. Please share a way to update all my plugins without having ...
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Call function only when the plugin is loaded

I use Plug as my plugin manager and have this line: Plug 'MyPlugin', { 'for' : 'c'} which means it should only load the plugin MyPlugin when a file of the filetype c is opened. This works fine, but ...
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Why does Vim load unrelated ftplugins?

When I open a file with .md extension, the filetype is set to markdown, as expected. But the ftplugin for HTML is also loaded as I can see since I have some insert mode mappings in there to auto-...
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Howto enable only one plugin to test?

I need to test a vim plugin. The problem: I already have my vim setup in current env, so ~/.vimrc is occupied. I want to issue a command like vim -u <blah..blah> that maybe specifies the plugin ...
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