On Wed, Apr 1, 2009 at 10:19 AM, Nico Weber <nicolasweber@...
>> I right-clicked on an Info.plist file today, and I was surprised to
>> that MacVim was not listed in the "Open With" menu.
>> Shouldn't MacVim be registered for *.plist files too?
> That's how it was, but plist registration was removed because there
> can be binary plist files. Can you come up with an ftplugin that
> detects that a file is a binary plist and then converts it to text
> (using something like `%!plutil -convert xml1 -o - %`)? :-)
From my .vimrc (darned if I know where I got it from - Google would likely help)
Seems to work well (although it's not something I've used a lot it's
been in my .vimrc for a while)
" ViM autocommands for binary plist files
" Copyright (C) 2005 Moritz Heckscher
" Note: When a file changes externally and you answer no to vim's question if
" you want to write anyway, the autocommands (e.g. for BufWritePost) are still
" executed, it seems, which could have some unwanted side effects.
" This program is free software; you can redistribute it and/or modify
" it under the terms of the GNU General Public License as published by
" the Free Software Foundation; either version 2 of the License, or
" (at your option) any later version.
" This program is distributed in the hope that it will be useful,
" but WITHOUT ANY WARRANTY; without even the implied warranty of
" MERCHANTABILITY or FITNESS FOR A PARTICULAR PURPOSE. See the
" GNU General Public License for more details.
" Delete existing commands (avoid problems if this file is sourced twice)
" Set binary mode (needs to be set _before_ reading binary files to avoid
" breaking lines etc; since setting this for normal plist files doesn't
" hurt and it's not yet known whether or not the file to be read is stored
" in binary format, set the option in any case to be sure).
" Do it before editing a file in a new buffer and before reading a file
" into in an existing buffer (using ':read foo.plist').
autocmd BufReadPre,FileReadPre *.plist set binary
" Define a little function to convert binary files if necessary...
" Check if the first line just read in indicates a binary plist
if getline("'[") =~ "^bplist"
" Filter lines read into buffer (convert to XML with plutil)
'[,']!plutil -convert xml1 /dev/stdin -o /dev/stdout
" Many people seem to want to save files originally stored
" in binary format as such after editing, so memorize format.
let b:saveAsBinaryPlist = 1
" Yeah, plain text (finally or all the way through, either way...)!
" Trigger file type detection to get syntax coloring etc. according
" to file contents (alternative: 'setfiletype xml' to force xml).
" ... and call it just after editing a file in a new buffer...
autocmd BufReadPost *.plist call MyBinaryPlistReadPost()
" ... or when reading a file into an existing buffer (in that case, don't
" save as binary later on).
autocmd FileReadPost *.plist call MyBinaryPlistReadPost() | let
b:saveAsBinaryPlist = 0
" Define and use functions for conversion back to binary format
if exists("b:saveAsBinaryPlist") && b:saveAsBinaryPlist
" Must set binary mode before conversion (for EOL settings)
" Convert buffer lines to be written to binary
silent '[,']!plutil -convert binary1 /dev/stdin -o /dev/stdout
" If there was a problem, e.g. when the file contains syntax
" errors, undo the conversion and go back to nobinary so the
" file will be saved in text format.
if v:shell_error | undo | set nobinary | endif
autocmd BufWritePre,FileWritePre *.plist call MyBinaryPlistWritePre()
" If file was to be written in binary format and there was no error
" doing the conversion, ...
if exists("b:saveAsBinaryPlist") && b:saveAsBinaryPlist && !v:shell_error
" ... undo the conversion and go back to nobinary so the
" lines are shown as text again in vim.
autocmd BufWritePost,FileWritePost *.plist call MyBinaryPlistWritePost()
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