Need help with VIM

Discussion in 'Mac Programming' started by Meitou, Sep 7, 2012.

  1. Meitou macrumors member

    Aug 25, 2012
    Hey guys, I just started using a Mac a few days ago and was wondering how to enable syntax highlighting on Vim while editing Python files.
  2. fwhh macrumors regular

    Aug 11, 2004
    Berlin, Germany
    You are talking about the "real" vim, the commandline tool? If so:
    :syntax on
    Just be sure to have the right extention to the file name (.py)
  3. ankurshr macrumors newbie

    Sep 7, 2012
    Halifax, NS
  4. mslide macrumors 6502a

    Sep 17, 2007
  5. Meitou thread starter macrumors member

    Aug 25, 2012
    enable works, but only on when I'm using the basic windows. Now I have two questions. The first is, how do I access my vimrc file? When I do cd ~/.vimrc or even vi ~/.vimrc the terminal isn't able to locate the file. My second question: how do I enable syntax on the homebrew windows?
  6. chown33 macrumors 604

    Aug 9, 2009
    Doing cd ~/.vimrc is nonsense. ~/.vimrc is a file, not a directory. You can't cd (change directory) to anything other than a directory.

    How do you know vi ~/.vimrc can't locate the file? What error messages do you get? Copy and paste the exact text of any error messages. If you don't get any error messages, then please explain how you know the file isn't being located. You've reached this conclusion based on some evidence, so describe your evidence.

    Copy and paste the following command-line into a Terminal window, then copy and paste the complete output text and post it here:
    pwd ; id -p ; ls -ld ~/.vimrc

    Presumably your real goal is to edit python files, not learn vi. So you might be better off using TextWrangler to get started, and put learning vi on the back-burner for a while, until you get its rc-file sorted out.
  7. tomjleeds macrumors 6502a


    Jul 19, 2004
    Manchester, UK

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