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highlight group not found: Normal #31

yegle opened this Issue · 6 comments

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This error appears when I enable indent-guides by <leader>ig

Error detected while processing function <SNR>22_IndentGuidesToggle..indent_guides#toggle..indent_guides#enable..indent_guides
line    2:
E411: highlight group not found: Normal
Press ENTER or type command to continue

The file content on which I'm enabling indent-guide

#!/usr/bin/env python

def helloworld():
    print "Hello World!"

$ vim --version
VIM - Vi IMproved 7.3 (2010 Aug 15, compiled Jan  6 2012 15:24:46)
Included patches: 1-393
Modified by Gentoo-7.3.393
Compiled by root@localhost
Huge version without GUI.  Features included (+) or not (-):
+arabic +autocmd -balloon_eval -browse ++builtin_terms +byte_offset +cindent 
+clientserver +clipboard +cmdline_compl +cmdline_hist +cmdline_info +comments 
+conceal +cryptv -cscope +cursorbind +cursorshape +dialog_con +diff +digraphs 
-dnd -ebcdic +emacs_tags +eval +ex_extra +extra_search +farsi +file_in_path 
+find_in_path +float +folding -footer +fork() -gettext -hangul_input +iconv 
+insert_expand +jumplist +keymap +langmap +libcall +linebreak +lispindent 
+listcmds +localmap -lua +menu +mksession +modify_fname +mouse -mouseshape 
+mouse_dec -mouse_gpm -mouse_jsbterm +mouse_netterm -mouse_sysmouse 
+mouse_xterm +mouse_urxvt +multi_byte +multi_lang -mzscheme +netbeans_intg 
+path_extra -perl +persistent_undo +postscript +printer +profile -python 
-python3 +quickfix +reltime +rightleft -ruby +scrollbind +signs +smartindent 
-sniff +startuptime +statusline -sun_workshop +syntax +tag_binary 
+tag_old_static -tag_any_white -tcl +terminfo +termresponse +textobjects +title
 -toolbar +user_commands +vertsplit +virtualedit +visual +visualextra +viminfo 
+vreplace +wildignore +wildmenu +windows +writebackup +X11 +xfontset -xim 
+xsmp_interact +xterm_clipboard -xterm_save 
   system vimrc file: "/etc/vim/vimrc"
     user vimrc file: "$HOME/.vimrc"
      user exrc file: "$HOME/.exrc"
  fall-back for $VIM: "/usr/share/vim"
Compilation: x86_64-pc-linux-gnu-gcc -c -I. -Iproto -DHAVE_CONFIG_H     -O2 -pipe -march=native -U_FORTIFY_SOURCE -D_FORTIFY_SOURCE=1      
Linking: x86_64-pc-linux-gnu-gcc   -Wl,-O1 -Wl,--as-needed -L/usr/local/lib -Wl,--as-needed -o vim    -lSM -lICE -lXpm -lXt -lX11 -lXdmcp -lSM -lICE -lm -lnsl  -lcurses -lacl -lattr -ldl 

Sounds like you're not using a colorscheme, or your colorscheme isn't defining colours for the Normal highlight group.

Try using a different colorscheme, or manually defining the indent guide colours:

let g:indent_guides_auto_colors = 0
hi IndentGuidesOdd  guibg=red   ctermbg=3
hi IndentGuidesEven guibg=green ctermbg=4

I have the same errors. I manually defined my indent guide colors, but I still get the error upon calling :IndentGuidesToggle. The even lines don't highlight. I am using in OSX, with color scheme set through their gui preferences, and and transparency set. I'll play around with my settings to see if I can figure out whats causing the muckup.


I had the same problem in, with the default colorscheme. But if I specify "colorscheme default" in my .vimrc and restart vim, the problem goes away. Worked with other colorschemes too of course.


colorscheme default
to .vimrc
SOLVED the problem for me.


@g1ra, your solution worked, thankyou!

@unphased unphased referenced this issue from a commit in unphased/vim-config
@unphased unphased To fix a problem, see 3d1345b

Adding to g1ra's comment, my solution was as below in .vimrc with OSX (and Novel theme). Hope this helps anyone with the same issue.

colorscheme default
Plugin 'nathanaelkane/vim-indent-guides'
let g:indent_guides_enable_on_vim_startup = 1 
let g:indent_guides_auto_colors = 0 
let g:indent_guides_guide_size = 1 
autocmd VimEnter,Colorscheme * :hi IndentGuidesOdd guibg=darkgrey ctermbg=252
autocmd VimEnter,Colorscheme * :hi IndentGuidesEven guibg=darkgrey ctermbg=251
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