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| vim-ruby RubyForge project README |
This project contains Vim configuration files for editing and compiling Ruby
within Vim. See the project homepage for more details.
Web links:
For regular users:
- The project page should have two tarballs for download:
- vim-ruby-YYYY.MM.DD.tar.gz (the current stable release)
- vim-ruby-devel-YYYY.MM.DD.tar.gz (cutting-edge features we'd like you
to test)
- Please give feedback through the bug tracking and feature request features
of RubyForge.
- Feel free to join discussions on the vim-ruby-devel mailing list.
Instructions on how to join are in the project page somewhere.
- RubyForge also features forums, but the mailing list is better.
For would-be contributors:
- Please get the latest from Git.
- Please join the mailing list and discuss changes, submit patches, etc.
- Thank you very much for taking an interest.
Contents of the project:
- The autoload, compiler, ftdetect, ftplugin, indent and syntax directories
contain the ruby*.vim files that are to be copied to a location somewhere
in the Vim 'runtimepath'.
- vim-ruby-install.rb performs this copying.
How you get these files into Vim:
- By downloading the project via a snapshot or Git, you can keep up with
the latest, make changes, and install the files to a Vim directory.
- By downloading one of the tarballs, you can easily install the latest
stable or development version wherever you like on your machine. No
README, no vim-ruby-install.rb, just Vim files. You would typically
install these into either $VIM/vimfiles, for system-wide use, or $HOME/.vim
($HOME/vimfiles on Windows) for personal use.
- Remember that when you install Vim in the first place, all of these files
are present. The purpose of downloading and installing them from
RubyForge is to get the latest version of them.
Understanding the configuration files:
- See
- Email any one of us or ruby-talk if you want more information added to
this page.
Git topics:
- Project was migrated from CVS in August, 2008.
- Files are tagged according to which version of Vim they are released in.
- The project was initiated in July 2003, when the current version of Vim
was 6.2. Thus every file began its life tagged as vim6.2.
- Modifications to the files are made in the expectation that they need to
be tested by interested users. They therefore (probably) don't have a
tag, and are available via "git pull --rebase", or a development snapshot.
- When a modification is considered stable, it is given a tag.
Everything that is stable gets released in vim-ruby-YYY.MM.DD.tar.gz files.
- When a new version of Vim is about to be released, the stable tarball is
contributed to it. After it has been released, the files are tagged
- MORAL OF THE STORY: modifications are committed to the head of the tree;
when they are ready for release into userland, they are tagged "stable".
Any questions or suggestions?
- If there's something about the project or its concepts that you don't
understand, send an email to the project maintainer, Gavin Sinclair
(gsinclair at
- To ask about the contents of the configuration files, ask on the mailing
list, as different people maintain the different files. Gavin knows
nothing about the syntax file, for instance. (Come to think of it, nor does
Doug - djk)
Project gossip:
- Two of the configuration file maintainers, Doug Kearns and Gavin Sinclair,
live in Australia (Jindabyne and Sydney respectively). Tim Hammerquist,
the last man standing, has lived in the Reno/Lake Tahoe area of Nevada,
USA, since the late 1970s and doesn't like to gamble; a waste, really.
- While the individual effort to maintain these files has a long history,
this actual project began in late July 2003. Therefore, if you're reading
this soon thereafter and something doesn't make sense, now is the time to
let us know.
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