Bug#827627: Please support packaging vim addons as vim "packages"

James McCoy jamessan at debian.org
Sun Jun 19 03:55:17 UTC 2016

On Jun 18, 2016 6:03 PM, "Josh Triplett" <josh at joshtriplett.org> wrote:
> [Note: in addition to changing vim-addon-manager, this would ideally go
> along with some minor updates to the vim packaging policy in the vim
> package; I'd be happy to supply a patch for that.]

N.B., vam already has some support for using a directory to contain a
plugin, like pathogen does. This wasn't officially announced because of a
bootstrapping issue which is now solved with Vim's packages.

I'm currently working on getting that merged in NeoVim so we can have
consistent handling.

> This format has the advantage that the user can add a single directory
> (or symlink) for a package, keeping all that package's files together.

Agreed. It solves a number of issues which have been the main things
holding me back from updating the vim-scripts package.

> I would suggest installing packages under /usr/share/vim/packages, and
> replacing the "files" key in the registry yaml files with "package:
> pkgname", where pkgname matches the top-level directory in
> /usr/share/vim/packages.  When installing a package, vim-addon-manager
> should just make a single symlink from ~/.vim/pack/$pkgname to
> /usr/share/vim/packages/$pkgname.

Good suggestions.  We currently use ~/.vim/bundle iirc, but since I don't
think it's really used anywhere, I'd be fine changing it.

My remaining quandary is how to properly handle disabling a systemwide
plugin while not interfering with a user's plugin of the same name (e.g.,
installing a newer version locally when the sysadmin also has it enabled).

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