136343Re: _vimrc not run when invoking gvim on text file from context menu
- Feb 21, 2013Hi,
>the $HOME variable is the culprit. If you don't give the -u parameter on
> In Windows 7, I got a program "pinned" to the taskbar. It is
> basically a shortcut with the "Target" field set to:
> "C:\Program Files (x86)\Vim\vim73\gvim.exe" -u _vimrc
> and the "Start in" field set to $USERPROFILE. The _vimrc is also in
> $USERPROFILE, so it runs when gvim is started.
> However, when I right click on a text file in Windows Explorer and
> choose "Edit with vim", _vimrc is not run. Is something I can do to
> have it run?
> There are restrictions that a solution would have to observe. First
> is that I don't have admin privileges, so I can only stick _vimrc in
> places where $USERNAME can write. Also, $HOME is not a good place for
> it because it is set to a network drive. Finally, since I'm invoking
> gvim from the context menu, I'm not aware of a way to set environment
> variables for such an invocation of vim (unlike the case invoking vim
> from a script or command line).
the command line Vim looks for its _vimrc in the directory defined by
$HOME. On Windows, if $HOME does not exist it is constructed internally
from $HOMEDRIVE$HOMEPATH (see ":help $HOME").
So either you have to put your _vimrc on the network drive given by
$HOME, or you have to modify the command that is executed when you click
on "Edit with vim".
I have never used this context menu entry much and for the only computer
that has it I'm not so sure if I haven't tinkered around with it, so the
following might be of no help:
- Open the registry editor by executing regedit.exe.
- Search for the Text "Edit with Vim". If one of the letters in the
context menu is underlined put an ampersand in front of it, e.g. I
had to actually search for "Edit with &Vim".
- You should find an entry with an sub-entry called "Command". This
sub-entry should have a key called "(Standard)" or "(Default)" or
something like this which holds the command to start Vim.
- Modify it so that it includes "-u $USERPROFILE\.vimrc" after the
program name, i.e. it should like
<Path to Vim>\Vim.exe -u $USERPROFILE\.vimrc "%1"
Instead of "%1" you can also write "%L" which might be better for
long file names.
Hope this helps.
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in the universe is that none of it has tried to contact us. (Calvin)
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