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
plugin, and would be very annoying to remove manually, uncompress it into its own directory under
$HOME/.vim/vendor, restart Vim, and the script is loaded. Removing the script is as easy as removing the directory under
vendor and restarting Vim.
To add this behavior, simply put the following in your
let vendorpaths = globpath("$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" endif endfor
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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 au! 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 . "\"" endfunction function! AutosaveSessionOff() if exists("g:AutosaveSessionFilePath") unlet g:AutosaveSessionFilePath endif augroup AutosaveSession au! augroup end augroup! AutosaveSession echo "Auto-saving sessions is off" endfunction command! -complete=file -nargs=1 AutosaveSessionOn call AutosaveSessionOn(<f-args>) command! AutosaveSessionOff call AutosaveSessionOff() augroup AutosaveSession au! 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:
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