- Jul 1, 2011I'll read the material, thank you, that is surely what I needed.
--- On Thu, 6/30/11, Charles Campbell <Charles.E.Campbell@...> wrote:
> From: Charles Campbell <Charles.E.Campbell@...>
> Subject: Re: vimSubst
> To: vim_use@...
> Date: Thursday, June 30, 2011, 7:03 AM
> Charles Smith wrote:
> > The "after" directory is new to me, thank you for
> introducing it to me. Unfortunately, I can find very
> little information about how it works exactly (vim version
> > I don't understand this mechanism...
> > Normally, when a file matching a
> particular name pattern is loaded
> > into a buffer, a syntax file matching
> that pattern is loaded and
> > invoked. Now, the rules that are
> causing me trouble are defined in a
> > file called vim.vim and I don't find any
> matching patterns using
> > that syntax file in my own filetypes.vim
> or the system-wide one.
> > In general, it seems a pity that new
> features should break such
> > simple, unambiguous, and useful
> functionality as, e.g. "syn clear":
> > "This command should be used when
> you want to switch off syntax
> > highlighting, or when you want to
> switch to using another syntax.
> > It's normally not needed in a
> syntax file itself, because syntax is
> > cleared by the autocommands that
> load the syntax file. The command
> > also deletes the
> "b:current_syntax" variable, since no syntax is
> > loaded after this command."
> > Hopefully, I'm still missing something ...
> "syn clear" is not broken. If one loads syntax
> definitions after a "syn clear", then that new syntax
> applies; in fact, many of the syntax files distributed with
> vim have "syn clear" embedded in them.
> So your difficulty I suspect is in understanding the
> loading sequence. Here's some reading on the subject:
> :help .vimrc
> :help load-plugins
> :help 'runtimepath'
> Your first email mentioned that "syn clear" didn't work in
> your syntax file. What is it named, in what directory
> is it in (so we may infer when it gets loaded), how are you
> triggering your syntax to be loaded (.vim/filetype.vim?) and
> how does syntax/vim.vim get involved?
> Remember that things that are loaded later can modify
> what's happened thus far. So, if your syntax file is
> loaded with its "syn clear" and then syntax/vim.vim is
> loaded, naturally vim.vim's definitions have not been
> cleared; in this case they weren't even loaded and defined
> when that "syn clear" was issued.
> Chip Campbell
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