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73910Re: Issue 28 in vim: out of the box, gVim 7.3.46 for Win32 cannot write swap files on Windows 7

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  • vim@...
    Nov 5, 2013
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      Comment #9 on issue 28 by m...@...: out of the box, gVim 7.3.46
      for Win32 cannot write swap files on Windows 7
      http://code.google.com/p/vim/issues/detail?id=28

      This problem is occurring because the 'Start In' field is blank in the
      shortcuts in the Start menu. When a value isn't specified for that field,
      the program that is started will use the working directory of the parent
      process. The working directory is C:\Windows\system32 for the Start menu.

      As a temporary workaround, you can edit each Vim icon in your Start menu
      and add "%HOMEDRIVE%%HOMEPATH%" to the Start In field. This will ensure
      that Vim starts with the working directory set to the home directory of the
      user who started the program. The %HOMEDRIVE% variable will expand to
      something like C: and %HOMEPATH% to \Users\Username where Username is the
      user who launched the process. This is the same method used when launching
      the command prompt from the start menu, for example.

      For a permanent solution, line 1778 of src/dosinst.c needs to be changed to

      #define WORKDIR "%HOMEDRIVE%%HOMEPATH%"

      so that the value is set when the shortcuts are installed to the Start menu.

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