Easily add/remove Vim scripts 12

Posted by ryan Tue, 20 Jul 2010 01:39:00 GMT

I like being able to easily add and remove Vim scripts, whether it's to try one out or easily upgrade to a newer version down the line. Since the directory structure of a script almost always follows the standard runtime directory structure, I simply wrote a script that adds each directory under $HOME/.vim/vendor to Vim's runtimepath, so that Vim includes the vendor directories in its script-searching behavior. That way, I can simply download something like rails.vim, which has files in autoload, doc, and plugin, and would be very annoying to remove manually, uncompress it into its own directory under $HOME/.vim/vendor, restart Vim, and the script is loaded. Removing the script is as easy as removing the directory under vendor and restarting Vim.

To add this behavior, simply put the following in your $HOME/.vimrc file:

let vendorpaths = globpath("$HOME/.vim", "vendor/*")

let vendorruntimepaths = substitute(vendorpaths, "\n", ",", "g")
set runtimepath^=vendorruntimepaths

let vendorpathslist = split(vendorpaths, "\n")
for vendorpath in vendorpathslist
  if isdirectory(vendorpath."/doc")
    execute "helptags ".vendorpath."/doc"

For the latest and greatest version of this code, refer to my vimrc.

Auto-saving sessions in Vim 10

Posted by ryan Tue, 20 Jul 2010 00:42:00 GMT

Back when I used Textmate, I liked that you could save projects to a file so that you could quit Textmate and come back later, load the project file up, and have all the files and tabs set up and open the way you had them. Since switching to Vim, I've gotten the same functionality (and more!) using the :mksession command. One thing that's missing in Vim, however, is the ability to auto-save a session. There are a few add-ons that do this, but add a bunch of other functionality that I find unnecessary. Below is a little script I wrote that adds auto-saving sessions to Vim:

function! AutosaveSessionOn(session_file_path)
  augroup AutosaveSession
    exec "au VimLeave * mks! " . a:session_file_path
  augroup end
  let g:AutosaveSessionFilePath = a:session_file_path

  echo "Auto-saving sessions to \"" . a:session_file_path . "\""

function! AutosaveSessionOff()
  if exists("g:AutosaveSessionFilePath")
    unlet g:AutosaveSessionFilePath

  augroup AutosaveSession
  augroup end
  augroup! AutosaveSession

  echo "Auto-saving sessions is off"

command! -complete=file -nargs=1 AutosaveSessionOn call AutosaveSessionOn(<f-args>)
command! AutosaveSessionOff call AutosaveSessionOff()

augroup AutosaveSession
  au SessionLoadPost * if exists("g:AutosaveSessionFilePath") != 0|call AutosaveSessionOn(g:AutosaveSessionFilePath)|endif
augroup end

To begin auto-saving sessions, simply run:

:AutosaveSessionOn <session filename>

Your session will then be automatically saved to the given session filename when Vim exits. Also, if you have globals in your sessionoptions list, when you load the auto-saved session, auto-saving will continue to occur to that session file. To turn auto-saving to the session file off, run:


For the latest and greatest version, refer to my vimrc.