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Localvimrc

This plugin searches for local vimrc files in the file system tree of the currently opened file. It searches for all ".lvimrc" files from the directory of the file up to the root directory. By default those files are loaded in order from the root directory to the directory of the file. The filename and amount of loaded files are customizable through global variables.

For security reasons it the plugin asks for confirmation before loading a local vimrc file and loads it using |:sandbox| command. The plugin asks once per session and local vimrc before loading it, if the file didn't change since previous loading.

It is possible to define a whitelist and a blacklist of local vimrc files that are loaded or ignored unconditionally.

The plugin can be found on Bitbucket, GitHub and VIM online.

Commands

The LocalVimRC command

Resource all local vimrc files for the current buffer.

The LocalVimRCClear command

Clear all stored decisions made in the past, when the plugin asked about sourcing a local vimrc file.

The LocalVimRCCleanup command

Remove all stored decisions for local vimrc files that no longer exist.

The LocalVimRCForget command

Remove stored decisions for given local vimrc files.

The LocalVimRCEdit command

Open the local vimrc file for the current buffer in an split window for editing. If more than one local vimrc file has been sourced, the user can decide which file to edit.

The LocalVimRCEnable command

Globally enable the loading of local vimrc files if loading has been disabled by |LocalVimRCDisable| or by setting |g:localvimrc_enable| to 0 during startup.

Enabling local vimrc using this command will trigger loading of local vimrc files for the currently active buffer. It will not load the local vimrc files for any other buffer. This will be done by an autocommand later when another buffer gets active and the configured |g:localvimrc_event| autocommand gets active. This is the case for the default |BufWinEnter|.

The LocalVimRCDisable command

Globally disable the loading of local vimrc files if loading has been disabled by |LocalVimRCEnable| or by setting |g:localvimrc_enable| to 1 during startup.

The LocalVimRCDebugShow command

Show all stored debugging messages. To see any message with this command debugging needs to be enabled with |g:localvimrc_debug|. The number of messages stored and printed can be limited using the setting |g:localvimrc_debug_lines|.

Functions

The LocalVimRCFinish function

After a call to this function the sourcing of any remaining local vimrc files will be skipped. In combination with the |g:localvimrc_reverse| option it is possible to end the processing of local vimrc files for example at the root of the project by adding the following command to the local vimrc file in the root of the project:

call LocalVimRCFinish()

Variables

The plugin provides several convenience variables to make it easier to set up path dependent setting like for example makeprg. These variables are only available inside your local vimrc file because they are only unambiguous there.

Adding the following lines to a local vimrc in the root directory of a project modify the behavior of |:make| to change into a build directory and call make there:

let &l:makeprg="cd ".g:localvimrc_script_dir_unresolved."/build && make"

NOTE:

This is only possible if you disable sandbox mode.


Other variables provide a way to prevent multiple execution of commands. They can be used to implement guards:

" do stuff you want to do on every buffer enter event

" guard to end loading if it has been loaded for the currently edited file
if g:localvimrc_sourced_once_for_file
  finish
endif

" do stuff you want to do only once for a edited file

" guard to end loading if it has been loaded for the running vim instance
if g:localvimrc_sourced_once
  finish
endif

" do stuff you want to do only once for a running vim instance

The g:localvimrc_file variable

Fully qualified file name of file that triggered loading the local vimrc file.

The g:localvimrc_file_dir variable

Fully qualified directory of file that triggered loading the local vimrc file.

The g:localvimrc_script variable

Fully qualified and resolved file name of the currently loaded local vimrc file.

The g:localvimrc_script_dir variable

Fully qualified and resolved directory of the currently loaded local vimrc file.

The g:localvimrc_script_unresolved variable

Fully qualified but unresolved file name of the currently loaded local vimrc file.

The g:localvimrc_script_dir_unresolved variable

Fully qualified but unresolved directory of the currently loaded local vimrc file.

The g:localvimrc_sourced_once variable

Set to 1 if the currently loaded local vimrc file had already been loaded in this session. Set to 0 otherwise.

The g:localvimrc_sourced_once_for_file setting

Set to 1 if the currently loaded local vimrc file had already been loaded in this session for the currently edited file. Set to 0 otherwise.

Settings

To change settings from their default add similar line to your global |vimrc| file.

let g:option_name=option_value

The g:localvimrc_enable setting

Globally enable/disable loading of local vimrc files globally. The behavior can be changed during runtime using the commands |LocalVimRCEnable| and |LocalVimRCDisable|.

  • Value 0: Disable loading of any local vimrc files.
  • Value 1: Enable loading of local vimrc files.
  • Default: 1

The g:localvimrc_name setting

List of filenames of local vimrc files. The given name can include a directory name such as ".config/localvimrc".

Previous versions of localvimrc only supported a single file as string. This is still supported for backward compatibility.

  • Default: [ ".lvimrc" ]

The g:localvimrc_event setting

List of autocommand events that trigger local vimrc file loading.

  • Default: [ "BufWinEnter" ]

For more information see |autocmd-events|.


NOTE:

BufWinEnter is the default to enable lines like

setlocal colorcolumn=+1

in the local vimrc file. Settings "local to window" need to be set for every time a buffer is displayed in a window.


The g:localvimrc_event_pattern setting

String defining the pattern for which the autocommand events trigger local vimrc file loading.

  • Default: "*"

For more information see |autocmd-patterns|.

The g:localvimrc_reverse setting

Reverse behavior of loading local vimrc files.

  • Value 0: Load files in order from root directory to directory of the file.
  • Value 1: Load files in order from directory of the file to root directory.
  • Default: 0

The g:localvimrc_count setting

On the way from root, the last localvimrc_count files are sourced.

NOTE:

This might load files not located in the edited files directory or even not located in the projects directory. If this is of concern use the g:localvimrc_file_directory_only setting.

  • Default: -1 (all)

The g:localvimrc_file_directory_only setting

Just use local vimrc file located in the edited files directory.

NOTE:

This might end in not loading any local vimrc files at all. If limiting the number of loaded local vimrc files is of concern use the g:localvimrc_count setting.

  • Value 0: Load all local vimrc files in the tree from root to file.
  • Value 1: Load only file in the same directory as edited file.
  • Default: 0

The g:localvimrc_sandbox setting

Source the found local vimrc files in a sandbox for security reasons.

  • Value 0: Don't load vimrc file in a sandbox.
  • Value 1: Load vimrc file in a sandbox.
  • Default: 1

The g:localvimrc_ask setting

Ask before sourcing any local vimrc file. In a vim session the question is only asked once as long as the local vimrc file has not been changed.

  • Value 0: Don't ask before loading a vimrc file.
  • Value 1: Ask before loading a vimrc file.
  • Default: 1

The g:localvimrc_persistent setting

Make the decisions given when asked before sourcing local vimrc files persistent over multiple vim runs and instances. The decisions are written to the file defined by and |g:localvimrc_persistence_file|.

  • Value 0: Don't store and restore any decisions.
  • Value 1: Store and restore decisions only if the answer was given in upper case (Y/N/A).
  • Value 2: Store and restore all decisions.
  • Default: 0

The g:localvimrc_persistence_file setting

Filename used for storing persistent decisions made when asked before sourcing local vimrc files.

  • Default (Unix): "$HOME/.localvimrc_persistent"
  • Default (Windows): "$HOME/_localvimrc_persistent"

The g:localvimrc_whitelist setting

If a local vimrc file matches the regular expression given by |g:localvimrc_whitelist| this file is loaded unconditionally.

Files matching |g:localvimrc_whitelist| are sourced even if they are matched by |g:localvimrc_blacklist|.

See |regular-expression| for patterns that are accepted.

Example:

" whitelist all local vimrc files in users project foo and bar
let g:localvimrc_whitelist='/home/user/projects/\(foo\|bar\)/.*'

" whitelist can also use lists of patterns
let g:localvimrc_whitelist=['/home/user/project1/', '/opt/project2/', '/usr/local/projects/vim-[^/]*/']
  • Default: No whitelist

The g:localvimrc_blacklist setting

If a local vimrc file matches the regular expression given by |g:localvimrc_blacklist| this file is skipped unconditionally.

Files matching |g:localvimrc_whitelist| are sourced even if they are matched by |g:localvimrc_blacklist|.

See |regular-expression| for patterns that are accepted.

Example:

" blacklist all local vimrc files in shared project directory
let g:localvimrc_blacklist='/share/projects/.*'

" blacklist can also use lists of patterns
let g:localvimrc_blacklist=['/share/projects/.*', '/usr/share/other-projects/.*']
  • Default: No blacklist

The g:localvimrc_autocmd setting

Emit autocommands |LocalVimRCPre| before and |LocalVimRCPost| after sourcing every local vimrc file.

  • Default: 1

The g:localvimrc_debug setting

Debug level for this script. The messages can be shown with |LocalVimRCDebugShow|.

  • Default: 0

The g:localvimrc_debug_lines setting

Limit for the number of debug messages stored. The messages can be shown with |LocalVimRCDebugShow|.

  • Default: 100

Autocommands

If enabled localvimrc emits autocommands before and after sourcing a local vimrc file. The autocommands are emitted as |User| events. Because of that commands need to be registered in the following way:

autocmd User LocalVimRCPre  echom 'before loading local vimrc'
autocmd User LocalVimRCPost echom 'after loading local vimrc'

The LocalVimRCPre autocommand

This autocommand is emitted right before sourcing each local vimrc file.

The LocalVimRCPost autocommand

This autocommands is emitted right after sourcing each local vimrc file.

Contribute

To contact the author (Markus Braun), please send an email to markus.braun@krawel.de

If you think this plugin could be improved, fork on Bitbucket or GitHub and send a pull request or just tell me your ideas.

If you encounter a bug please enable debugging, export debugging messages to a file and create a bug report either on Bitbucket or GitHub. Debug messages can be enabled temporary and exported to a file called localvimrc_debug.txt on command line with the following command:

vim --cmd "let g:localvimrc_debug=99" -c "redir! > localvimrc_debug.txt" -c "LocalVimRCDebugShow" -c "redir END" your_file

Credits

  • Simon Howard for his hint about "sandbox"
  • Mark Weber for the idea of using checksums
  • Daniel Hahler for various patches
  • Justin M. Keyes for ideas to improve this plugin
  • Lars Winderling for whitelist/blacklist patch
  • Michon van Dooren for autocommands patch

Changelog

v3.0.1 : 2018-08-21

  • fix a compatibility issue with unavailable |v:true| and |v:false| in Vim version 7.4

v3.0.0 : 2018-08-14

  • use SHA256 as for calculating checksums and use FNV-1 as fallback.
  • add command |LocalVimRCCleanup| to remove all unusable persistence data.
  • add command |LocalVimRCForget| to remove persistence data for given files.
  • add command |LocalVimRCDebugShow| to show debug messages.
  • add setting |g:localvimrc_debug_lines| to limit the number of stored debug messages.

v2.7.0 : 2018-03-19

  • add setting |g:localvimrc_enable| and commands |LocalVimRCEnable| and |LocalVimRCDisable| to globally disable processing of local vimrc files.
  • add setting |g:localvimrc_event_pattern| to change the pattern for which the autocommand is executed.

v2.6.1 : 2018-02-20

  • fix a bug with missing uniq() in Vim version 7.4

v2.6.0 : 2018-01-22

  • add command |LocalVimRCEdit| to edit sourced local vimrc files for the current buffer.

v2.5.0 : 2017-03-08

  • add unit tests.
  • settings |g:localvimrc_whitelist| and |g:localvimrc_blacklist| now takes optionally a list of regular expressions.
  • add convenience variables |g:localvimrc_script_unresolved| and |g:localvimrc_script_dir_unresolved|.
  • add ability to view local vimrc before sourcing when |g:localvimrc_ask| is enabled.
  • emit autocommands before and after sourcing files.
  • add |g:localvimrc_file_directory_only| to limit sourcing to local vimrc files in the same directory as the edited file.
  • add |LocalVimRCFinish| function to stop loading of remaining local vimrc files from within a local vimrc file.

v2.4.0 : 2016-02-05

  • add setting |g:localvimrc_event| which defines the autocommand events that trigger local vimrc file loading.
  • don't lose persistence file on full partitions.
  • make it possible to supply a list of local vimrc filenames in |g:localvimrc_name|.
  • ask user when sourcing local vimrc fails and |g:localvimrc_sandbox| and |g:localvimrc_ask| is set whether the file should be sourced without sandbox.
  • fix a bug where local vimrc files are sourced in wrong order when some of them are symlinks to a different directory.

v2.3.0 : 2014-02-06

  • private persistence file to enable persistence over concurrent vim instances.
  • add convenience variables |g:localvimrc_sourced_once| and |g:localvimrc_sourced_once_for_file|.

v2.2.0 : 2013-11-09

  • remove redraw calls for better performance and fixing a bug on windows.
  • load local vimrc on event BufWinEnter to fix a bug with window local settings.
  • add |g:localvimrc_reverse| to change order of sourcing local vimrc files.
  • add convenience variables |g:localvimrc_file|, |g:localvimrc_file_dir|, |g:localvimrc_script| and |g:localvimrc_script_dir|.

v2.1.0 : 2012-09-25

  • add possibility to make decisions persistent.
  • use full file path when storing decisions.

v2.0.0 : 2012-04-05

  • added |g:localvimrc_whitelist| and |g:localvimrc_blacklist| settings.
  • ask only once per session and local vimrc before loading it, if it didn't change.

v2758 : 2009-05-11

  • source .lvimrc in a sandbox to better maintain security, configurable using |g:localvimrc_sandbox|.
  • ask user before sourcing any local vimrc file, configurable using |g:localvimrc_ask|.

v1870 : 2007-09-28

  • new configuration variable |g:localvimrc_name| to change filename.
  • new configuration variable |g:localvimrc_count| to limit number of loaded files.

v1613 : 2007-04-05

  • switched to arrays in vim 7.
  • escape file/path names correctly.

v1.2 : 2002-10-09

  • initial version