Bug 10021 - Enabling Vim improvements
Summary: Enabling Vim improvements
Alias: None
Product: IPFire
Classification: Unclassified
Component: vim (show other bugs)
Version: 2
Hardware: unspecified Unspecified
: - Unknown - Balancing
Assignee: Michael Tremer
QA Contact:
Depends on:
Reported: 2012-02-04 14:43 UTC by Mathias Schneuwly
Modified: 2012-03-06 22:09 UTC (History)
1 user (show)

See Also:

Possible solution (154 bytes, application/x-gzip)
2012-02-04 14:43 UTC, Mathias Schneuwly
Files from /usr/share/vim of the build system. (5.36 MB, application/x-gzip)
2012-02-05 23:30 UTC, Michael Tremer
Patch to activate "set ruler" (265 bytes, patch)
2012-02-20 21:35 UTC, Mathias Schneuwly

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Description Mathias Schneuwly 2012-02-04 14:43:42 UTC
Created attachment 15 [details]
Possible solution

Vim supports many improvements in contrast to the standard vi. Nevertheless, they are turned off in the version provided by IPFire.

Is it possible to enable them by default?

One possible solution could be using a vimrc file in /etc which enables these improvements.

I added the possible solution to this "Change request". By the way, is there any other way to provide a change request than to open a bug report? Perhaps a new severity class called "Change request"?
Comment 1 Michael Tremer 2012-02-05 21:55:58 UTC
Thank you for that RFE. It's totally fine to open bugs. At least for *real* enhancements and not just dumping a list of wishes.

I tested the change and it finally fixes what I have been searching for a long time. It did not figure it has been this.

As vim in IPFire 3.x is working fine with these settings, I would like you to have a look over the other settings and check if we should add them too:

In case you approve this file, I will apply it for Core Update 57.
Comment 2 Mathias Schneuwly 2012-02-05 22:28:00 UTC
Hi Michael

I already played with the option syntax on, but I was not able to get it running! Vim in IPFire 2.X requires a file called syntax.vim in "/usr/share/vim/syntax". Without this file, vim prints always an error before opening a file... I tried also to copy all syntax files from my Ubuntu machine to IPFire, but without success.

So if you don't have a working solution I would propose to remove the line syntax on.

About the background issue; What happens if you are using putty with font color black, does then putty still shows the output?
Comment 3 Michael Tremer 2012-02-05 23:30:51 UTC
Created attachment 16 [details]
Files from /usr/share/vim of the build system.
Comment 4 Michael Tremer 2012-02-05 23:34:14 UTC
I just uploaded a tarball with all the files in /usr/share/vim of the build system. It is not shipped with the default IPFire image. There are also the syntax files included.

I got the background lines from Fedora so I thought it would be good to adapt this setting too. You will have the same appearance of vim on both systems.
Comment 5 Mathias Schneuwly 2012-02-06 19:01:48 UTC
Yeah works great! Can you please add these files to IPFire 2.X? This highly improves the usability of Vim!
Comment 6 Mathias Schneuwly 2012-02-06 19:02:17 UTC
Yeah works great! Can you please add these files to IPFire 2.X? This highly improves the usability of Vim!
Comment 7 Mathias Schneuwly 2012-02-08 21:09:00 UTC
One more...

set ruler enables a simple status line which shows the current position and also a line percentage.
Comment 8 Michael Tremer 2012-02-08 22:39:57 UTC
Changes applied in http://git.ipfire.org/?p=ipfire-2.x.git;a=commitdiff;h=d02a7f9d050e97714e151bb93c8f67448b743d5e

Please check again when a testing version of the next core update is available.

Thank you very much for you help so far.
Comment 9 Mathias Schneuwly 2012-02-09 21:14:29 UTC
> Please check again when a testing version of the next core update is available.
I'm waiting for you :-)

> Thank you very much for you help so far.
You're welcome! It's a pleasure to support my favorite open source project!
Comment 10 Michael Tremer 2012-02-20 19:49:58 UTC
The Core Update has been pushed to the testing tree. Please test.
Comment 11 Mathias Schneuwly 2012-02-20 21:35:28 UTC
Created attachment 21 [details]
Patch to activate "set ruler"

Checked the vimrc of the testing core 57 and I'm quite happy. One little thing is missing and this is the option "set ruler" mentioned in comment 7.

Also without this option, vim looks really nice now!

Nevertheless, I created a patch to add this option to vimrc. It's your choice to apply it or not. In my point of view, I don't see any negative impact with this option.
Comment 12 Michael Tremer 2012-02-23 00:03:19 UTC
Woops. I completely forget about that change. So it won't make it for this core update. It is committed for the next one.


(It still needs to be added to the filelist.)
Comment 13 Michael Tremer 2012-03-06 22:09:13 UTC
The core update is released, so this bug can be closed.