... Unless you run multiple instances of Vim, or are in a strange multi-user environment that requires different user settings of Vim, it s probably better to
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, May 11, 2000
On Thu, May 11, 2000 at 10:05:23AM +0200, Sven Guckes wrote:
:* Benji Fisher <fisherbb@...> [000510 18:25]:
:> > How would you start MacVIM
:> > *without* a setup file?
:> I would move the executable to a folder
:> where it could not find my vimrc.
:Well, if Vim looks for its prefs file
:in the preferences folder then you'd
:have to move that prefs file, too, right?
Unless you run multiple instances of Vim, or are in a strange multi-user
environment that requires different user settings of Vim, it's probably
better to keep a single vimrc in the same folder as your MacVim binary.
:> If there is actually a $VIM environment variable
I thought that MacVim determines $VIM at every startup and provides that
and other related variables to vimrc and other scripts. As for a real
environment variable, not on a Mac environment.
:> (Does the Mac have environments?)
Nope. Not in the CLI sense. This will change with Mac OS X, as its
core is BSD 4.4 (can't wait can't wait can't wait!).
:> then I guess you would have to rename/move
:> the (system and user) [g]vimrc files.
:Environments? Have you ever
:seen a shell on a Mac? Right.
If you install Tcl/Tk for the Mac, it comes with TclShell that does some
basic shell stuff.
:The real problem is that we cannot
:tell users to test MacVim *without*
:a startup file. At least not in an
:easy way. This makes support hard.
It shouldn't be that hard. MacVim looks for the startup file in only
two locations: the Preferences folder in the current System folder, and
the folder containing the MacVim binary. This may sound dumb, but I
don't see any practical cases of having different vimrc files in both
locations. And if this is generally true, then it is very easy to tell
users to test MacVim without a startup file. All they need to do is to
move the single vimrc file outside the MacVim folder. So support should
be fairly easy.
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