33463Re: [vimdev] wish: semi-automatic inst of syntax files from central location (www.vim.org) ?
- Aug 7, 2003On Thu, Aug 07, 2003 at 09:14:17AM +0300, Yakov Lerner wrote:
> What if vim.org had a stable URL for querying the latest version, and---------------------------------------------------------------------
> for downloading the syntax files, and the vim had a plugin allowing
> for semi-automatic remote downloading (and installing) the syntax files ?
> By semi-automatic, I mean that auto-installing plugin would
> ask user whether to query/download from central repository.
* Automatic queries: having vim ask the user if it should
check a central repository for updates to syntax/*.vim
files would rapidly grow tiresome. One would receive
such a query every time one opened a file!
* New syntax file queries: this situation is probably less
Guess I don't care for querying the user about this. However, the idea
of a syntax-highlighting repository seems beneficial to me, as many
computers seem to have internet access these days.
I have a script (<GetLatestVimScripts.vim>, available at
automates querying vim.sf.net for the latest versions of desired scripts
and downloading them as indicated. I'm sure it could easily be
modified to do the same sort of thing for syntax files. It uses wget.
I haven't been able to get Python to run on my old SGI; that reason
plus lack-of-time is why, for example, I haven't gotten aap/agide
running on it. I'd rather keep Python/Perl/Ruby/etc out of the
loop for downloading syntax files, except as an optional thing.
Such a repository could be used by Bram to build a separate syntax
highlighting (why not indent, too?) downloadable file
(vim-6.X-synhi.tar.bz2) automatically for those who would find it useful
and remove it from vim-6.2.tar.bz2.
IMHO the repository would need to restrict updates to their official
maintainers, however. Apparently anyone can send updates for any
scripts without the need to contact the original author of them, let
alone have any need to get their acquiescence. We're lucky some jerk
hasn't decided to flood the current archive with thousands of bogus
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