Messing around with vim Nov 6, 2009
So I’ve been playing around with vim to try to better my usage of the text editor and have found some very interesting features / plugins and one annoying pitfall which I want to share.
To start of, I’m no longer using the standard vim app, but rather gvim as I’ve been looking for better mouse support for a while. I’ve no need of the toolbar (I like keeping the menus around), and removing it is as simple as adding the following to your ~/.vimrc:
Using tabs is nice with the gui (albiet also present w/ the regular text version), you can create a new one with :tabnew
I’ve installed the showmarks plugin which is useful for visualizing the line / column markers you have set in the file you are editing. I’ve just also found the project plugin which I now wonder how I’ve even lived without it (at one point I was considering writing a standalone app just to do what this plugin does) and makes configuring projects and files like you would in an IDE a cinch (I very much recommend trying it if you use vim, it takes less than an hour to learn / completely setup).
Unfortunately one relatively new feature I wanted to try doesn’t work just right in the vim version that currently ships with Fedora. Omni-completion is a very powerful feature of vim that uses ctags to provide code-completion and other functionality to users editing documents. While it comes built in for a wide variety of languages, the Fedora vim version isn’t built with the necessary flags for ruby support and thus auto-completion doesn’t currently work.
If you don’t mind building it yourself you can simply follow the following steps:
- yum remove vim-common
- yum install rpm-build ruby ruby-devel “perl(ExtUtils::Embed)” libacl-devel gpm-devel libXpm-devel wget # there might be other dependencies, if subsequent steps complain about things missing try to yum install them
- wget http://download.fedora.redhat.com/pub/fedora/linux/development/source/SRPMS/vim-7.2.245-3.fc12.src.rpm
- Add the following line to your .rpmmacros “ %topdir ~/rpmbuild”
- rpmbuild –rebuild vim-7.2.245-3.fc12.src.rpm
- sudo yum localinstall ~/rpmbuild/RPMS/x8664/vim-common-7.2.245-3.fc11.x8664.rpm ~/rpmbuild/RPMS/x8664/vim-enhanced-7.2.245-3.fc11.x8664.rpm ~/rpmbuild/RPMS/x8664/vim-X11-7.2.245-3.fc11.x86_64.rpm –nogpgcheck
Now vim / gvim will be installed on your system with ruby omni-completion support.