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*pi_tar.txt* For Vim version 7.3. Last change: 2012 Jan 17
| Tar File Interface |
Author: Charles E. Campbell, Jr. <NdrOchip@ScampbellPfamily.AbizM>
(remove NOSPAM from Campbell's email first)
Copyright 2005-2012: *tar-copyright*
The VIM LICENSE (see |copyright|) applies to the files in this
package, including tarPlugin.vim, tar.vim, and pi_tar.txt. Like
anything else that's except use "tar.vim" instead of "VIM". Like
anything else that's free, tar.vim and its associated files are
provided *as is* and comes with no warranty of any kind, either
expressed or implied. No guarantees of merchantability. No
guarantees of suitability for any purpose. By using this plugin, you
agree that in no event will the copyright holder be liable for any
damages resulting from the use of this software. Use at your own risk!
1. Contents *tar* *tar-contents*
1. Contents..................................................|tar-contents|
2. Usage.....................................................|tar-usage|
3. Options...................................................|tar-options|
4. History...................................................|tar-history|
2. Usage *tar-usage* *tar-manual*
When one edits a *.tar file, this plugin will handle displaying a
contents page. Select a file to edit by moving the cursor atop
the desired file, then hit the <return> key. After editing, one may
also write to the file. Currently, one may not make a new file in
tar archives via the plugin.
:Vimuntar [vimhome]
This command copies, if necessary, the tarball to the .vim or vimfiles
directory using the first writable directory in the |'runtimepath'|
when no [vimhome] is specified. Otherwise, the [vimhome] argument
allows the user to specify that directory, instead.
The copy is done using the command in *g:tar_copycmd* , which is >
cp for cygwin, unix, macunix
copy for windows (32, 95, 64, 16)
< The extraction is done with the command specified with
*g:tar_extractcmd* , which by default is >
"tar -xf"
If for some reason you do not wish to use vim to examine tar'd files,
you may put the following two variables into your <.vimrc> to prevent
the tar plugin from loading: >
let g:loaded_tarPlugin= 1
let g:loaded_tar = 1
3. Options *tar-options*
These options are variables that one may change, typically in one's
<.vimrc> file.
Variable Value Explanation
*g:tar_browseoptions* "Ptf" used to get a list of contents
*g:tar_readoptions* "OPxf" used to extract a file from a tarball
*g:tar_cmd* "tar" the name of the tar program
*g:tar_nomax* 0 if true, file window will not be maximized
*g:tar_secure* undef if exists:
"--"s will be used to prevent unwanted
option expansion in tar commands.
Please be sure that your tar command
accepts "--"; Posix compliant tar
utilities do accept them.
if not exists:
The tar plugin will reject any tar
files or member files that begin with
Not all tar's support the "--" which is why
it isn't default.
*g:tar_writeoptions* "uf" used to update/replace a file
4. History *tar-history*
v28 Jun 23, 2011 * a few more decompression options (tbz tb2 txz)
v27 May 31, 2011 * moved cygwin detection before g:tar_copycmd handling
* inserted additional |:keepj| modifiers
* changed silent to sil! (|:silent|)
v26 Aug 09, 2010 * uses buffer-local instead of window variables to hold
tarfile name
* inserted keepj before 0d to protect jump list
v25 Jun 19, 2010 * (Jan Steffens) added support for xz compression
v24 Apr 07, 2009 * :Untarvim command implemented
Sep 28, 2009 * Added lzma support
v22 Aug 08, 2008 * security fixes
v16 Jun 06, 2008 * tarfile:: used instead of tarfile: when editing files
inside tarballs. Fixes a problem with tarballs called
things like c:\abc.tar. (tnx to Bill McCarthy)
v14 May 09, 2008 * arno caught a security bug
May 28, 2008 * various security improvements. Now requires patch 299
which provides the fnameescape() function
May 30, 2008 * allows one to view *.gz and *.bz2 files that are in
*.tar files.
v12 Sep 07, 2007 * &shq now used if not the empty string for g:tar_shq
v10 May 02, 2006 * now using "redraw then echo" to show messages, instead
of "echo and prompt user"
v9 May 02, 2006 * improved detection of masquerading as tar file
v8 May 02, 2006 * allows editing of files that merely masquerade as tar
v7 Mar 22, 2006 * work on making tar plugin work across network
Mar 27, 2006 * g:tar_cmd now available for users to change the name
of the tar program to be used. By default, of course,
it's "tar".
v6 Dec 21, 2005 * writing to files not in directories caused problems -
fixed (pointed out by Christian Robinson)
v5 Nov 22, 2005 * report option workaround installed
v3 Sep 16, 2005 * handles writing files in an archive back to the
Oct 18, 2005 * <amatch> used instead of <afile> in autocmds
Oct 18, 2005 * handles writing to compressed archives
Nov 03, 2005 * handles writing tarfiles across a network using
v2 * converted to use Vim7's new autoload feature by
Bram Moolenaar
v1 (original) * Michael Toren (see
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