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Configure VIM for Syntax Highlighting of Taskwarrior Data The task data files (pending.data, completed.data and undo.data), configuration file (.taskrc) as well as edits made via commands like "task 1 edit" can be color-highlighted if you happen to use VIM as your preferred text editor. Eventually this will happen automatically in newer versions of VIM, but for now you have to do a little bit of file shuffling. Prerequisites For this to work, you need to first have syntax highlighting enabled when you use VIM. This happens to be the default for most VIM installations, but it is usually quite simple if that doesn't happen to be so in your case. Rather than repeat the excellent VIM documentation here, please see the appropriate VIM documentation itself. Generally this can be made seen by starting vim/gvim and issuing the following command: :help syntax You may prefer instead to read the help online at: http://vimdoc.sourceforge.net/htmldoc/syntax.html#syntax Configuring VIM to Understand Taskwarrior Data Once you have VIM's syntax highlighting enabled and working with other file types properly, configuring it for use with taskwarrior is simple. You simply need to copy some files that came with taskwarrior into your home directory so that you have: ~/.vim/ftdetect/task.vim ~/.vim/syntax/taskdata.vim ~/.vim/syntax/taskedit.vim ~/.vim/syntax/taskrc.vim The source of these files varies depending on how you installed task. If you installed task via a regular package (rpm or deb) you can find these files in /usr/share/taskwarrior/scripts/vim/. If you built task yourself from the tarball (using the default configure options), these will be in /usr/local/share/taskwarrior/scripts/vim/ instead. So you should be able to do one of the following: cp -av /usr/share/taskwarrior/scripts/vim/* ~/.vim/ or cp -av /usr/local/share/taskwarrior/scripts/vim/* ~/.vim/ You should then be ready to go. --- All four above mentioned files are Copyright 2009 - 2012 John Florian and are available under the MIT license. For the full text of this license, see COPYING.