Sunday, December 30, 2007

File Associations and PATH with MacVim

UPDATE: The newest release of MacVim has a preference pane that lets you "Launch Vim processes in a login shell." If turned on, it should solve the PATH problem suffered by some Vim users.
If you use Vim for OS X or the nascent MacVim, you may have noticed that
  • your PATH is not set correctly (i.e., compilations fail) and
  • Vim is not associated with all of your text files (i.e., it doesn't show up in the "Open With" context menu)
A while ago, I realized that the available for download from the OS X Vim site had the potential to solve both of these problems, and so I hacked it to produce:
  • (for Vim for OS X) and
  • (for MacVim; maybe unneeded if "Launch ... login shell" preference turned on)
To install one of these files, download the archive, unzip it, and move the application into your /Applications folder. If you start Vim from that application, it will open as usual but will have the PATH set as if you were in the Terminal (i.e., it executes a bash login before exec'ing Vim). You should also notice that the new launcher application shows up in your "Open With" menus. Finally, if you put the launcher in your Dock, you can use it to generate new Vim windows, even if Vim is already open.

Saturday, December 29, 2007

PDFSync Inverse Searches in MacVim

Remember the post on doing inverse searches in Vim on OS X? The idea was to drop gvim-pdfsync into
(or somewhere else in your PATH) and then execute
gvim-pdfsync "%file" %line
to do inverse searches in Vim for OS X just like you can in Windows or in other UNIXes. For example, in Skim, under the PDFSync section of the Sync tab of the Preferences, you can put
Preset: Custom
Command: gvim-pdfsync
Arguments: "%file" %line

For MacVim

I thought it might be nice if I published how to do the same thing in the nascent MacVim, which supports servers just like Vim for Windows. Provided that you've installed the mvim shell script somewhere in your PATH, you can setup Skim with
Preset: Custom
Command: mvim
Arguments: --remote-tab-silent +":%line;foldo!" "%file"

or, if you don't like tabs
Preset: Custom
Command: mvim
Arguments: --remote-silent +":%line;foldo!" "%file"


Alternatively, if you really liked the gvim-pdfsync approach and want something similar for mvim, put mvimtab-pdfsync or (if you don't like tabs) mvim-pdfsync in your PATH (e.g., in /usr/local/bin) and then setup Skim for:
Preset: Custom
Command: mvimtab-pdfsync
Arguments: "%file" %line

or (if you used mvim-pdfsync)
Preset: Custom
Command: mvim-pdfsync
Arguments: "%file" %line
I hope that helps.