VIM setup

August 12, 2011


After several years I decided to use a different color scheme for VIM. Also I’m going for force myself to use VIM’s folding abilities and use make from within VIM.

For good measure I also want to use Omni-completion when writing Go code:

omni completion screenshot

Btw, this screenshots also shows the solarized (dark) colorscheme.


Google for solarized. In my .vimrc:

let g:solarized_termcolors=256
colorscheme solarized

Make from VIM

Use :make inside the editor and jump through the errors with:

:cn         // next compile error
:cp         // previous compile error

There are more options, but I want to be able to remember them…


Settings in .vimrc:

" folding settings
set foldmethod=indent
set foldnestmax=10
set nofoldenable
set foldlevel=0

And the commands that I will probably use most often:

zM          // close all folds
zR          // open all folds

za          // toggle fold under cursor
zA          // toggle fold under cursor recursively

Other important ones:

zo          // open fold under cursor
zO          // open all under cursor recursively

zc          // close fold under cursor
zC          // close all under cursor recursively

Spell checking

Setting in .vimrc:

" toggle spelling control-E -> en, control-N -> dutch (nederlands)                   
map     <C-E>    :setlocal spell! spelllang=en<CR>
imap    <C-E>    <ESC>:setlocal spell! spelllang=en<CR>i
map     <C-N>    :setlocal spell! spelllang=nl<CR>
imap    <C-N>    <ESC>:setlocal spell! spelllang=nl<CR>i                                  

Commands to use (this is the only one I use)

z=          // Show corrections for a word 

Toggle switches

Switches for paste-mode, cursorline, numbering disable search highlighting.

set pastetoggle=<F7>

" search hilight
map     <F8>   :nohlsearch<CR>
imap    <F8>   <ESC>:nohlsearch<CR>a
vmap    <F8>   <ESC>:nohlsearch<CR>gv

" numbering
map     <F10>   :set nu!<CR>
imap    <F10>   <ESC>:set nu!<CR>i
vmap    <F10>   <ESC>:set nu!<CR>gv

" toggle cursorline
map     <F9>   :set cursorline!<CR>
imap    <F9>   <ESC>:set cursorline!<CR>

Omni completion (Go specific)

See After you’ve installed that, you can use control-X control-O to bring up the omni completion window. With the VIM files in go/misc/vim you also have the following commands:

    :Fmt                // Gofmt your code
    :Import strings     // add package 'strings' to the import list
    :Drop strings       // drop package 'strings' from the import list