If you are a heavy user of vim, chances are that over time you added a bunch of plugins, syntax files and other goodies to your vim configuration. This makes your editing experience smoother, but if you installed all these scripts manually, maintaining them can be a pain. Keeping up-to-date with the latest versions, or simply removing one you don't use anymore becomes difficult as files from the different scripts get mixed up in your
Vundle is basically a package manager for vim plugins. It will search, install, update and delete plugins for your while maintaining a nice directory structure. To install it:
git clone git://github.com/gmarik/vundle.git ~/.vim/bundle/vundle
Then, update your
.vimrc with the following lines:
set rtp+=~/.vim/bundle/vundle/ call vundle#rc()
You're good to go.
Let's say that you are want to install Align. You can do a search for it in vim:
And you will be greeted by a new window listing all the search results:
" Keymap: i - Install bundle; c - Cleanup; ... " Search results for: align Bundle 'right_align' Bundle 'align--Ahmad' Bundle 'Easy-alignment-to-column' Bundle 'Align.vim' Bundle 'AutoAlign' Bundle 'feralalign.vim' Bundle 'Align' Bundle 'Lineup--A-simple-text-aligner'
i to install a plugin, and then copy the relevant line to your
.vimrc to have it loaded automatically when you launch vim:
" Initialize Vundle set rtp+=~/.vim/bundle/vundle/ call vundle#rc() " My plugins Bundle 'Align'
Sometimes, the result of the search isn't very useful and you won't be sure which plugin to install. I find that an easier way is to go directly to the list of scripts where you will find a short description and links to the plugins' pages.
Updating all your plugins:
Removing unused plugins:
That's it for today. Hope you enjoyed it.
Until next time, Cheers!