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fugitive.vim

I'm not going to lie to you; fugitive.vim may very well be the best Git wrapper of all time. Check out these features:

View any blob, tree, commit, or tag in the repository with :Gedit (and :Gsplit, :Gvsplit, :Gtabedit, ...). Edit a file in the index and write to it to stage the changes. Use :Gdiff to bring up the staged version of the file side by side with the working tree version and use Vim's diff handling capabilities to stage a subset of the file's changes.

Bring up the output of git status with :Gstatus. Press - to add/reset a file's changes, or p to add/reset --patch that mofo. And guess what :Gcommit does!

:Gblame brings up an interactive vertical split with git blame output. Press enter on a line to reblame the file as it stood in that commit, or o to open that commit in a split. When you're done, use :Gedit in the historic buffer to go back to the work tree version.

:Gmove does a git mv on a file and simultaneously renames the buffer. :Gremove does a git rm on a file and simultaneously deletes the buffer.

Use :Ggrep to search the work tree (or any arbitrary commit) with git grep, skipping over that which is not tracked in the repository. :Glog loads all previous revisions of a file into the quickfix list so you can iterate over them and watch the file evolve!

:Gread is a variant of git checkout -- filename that operates on the buffer rather than the filename. This means you can use u to undo it and you never get any warnings about the file changing outside Vim. :Gwrite writes to both the work tree and index versions of a file, making it like git add when called from a work tree file and like git checkout when called from the index or a blob in history.

Use :Gbrowse to open the current file on GitHub, with optional line range (try it in visual mode!). If your current repository isn't on GitHub, git instaweb will be spun up instead.

Add %{fugitive#statusline()} to 'statusline' to get an indicator with the current branch in (surprise!) your statusline.

Last but not least, there's :Git for running any arbitrary command, and Git! to open the output of a command in a temp file.

Screencasts

Installation

If you don't have a preferred installation method, I recommend installing pathogen.vim, and then simply copy and paste:

cd ~/.vim/bundle
git clone git://github.com/tpope/vim-fugitive.git

Once help tags have been generated, you can view the manual with :help fugitive.

If your Vim version is below 7.2, I recommend also installing vim-git for syntax highlighting and other Git niceties.

FAQ

I installed the plugin and started Vim. Why don't any of the commands exist?

Fugitive cares about the current file, not the current working directory. Edit a file from the repository.

I opened a new tab. Why don't any of the commands exist?

Fugitive cares about the current file, not the current working directory. Edit a file from the repository.

Why is :Gbrowse not using my system default browser?

:Gbrowse delegates to git web--browse, which is less than perfect when it comes to finding the default browser on Linux. You can tell it the correct browser to use with git config --global web.browser .... See git web--browse --help for details.

Here's a patch that automatically opens the quickfix window after :Ggrep.

This is a great example of why I recommend asking before patching. There are valid arguments to be made both for and against automatically opening the quickfix window. Whenever I have to make an arbitrary decision like this, I ask what Vim would do. And Vim does not open a quickfix window after :grep.

Luckily, it's easy to implement the desired behavior without changing fugitive.vim. The following autocommand will cause the quickfix window to open after any grep invocation:

autocmd QuickFixCmdPost *grep* cwindow

Contributing

Before reporting a bug, you should try stripping down your Vim configuration and removing other plugins. The sad nature of VimScript is that it is fraught with incompatibilities waiting to happen. I'm happy to work around them where I can, but it's up to you to isolate the conflict.

If your commit message sucks, I'm not going to accept your pull request. I've explained very politely dozens of times that my general guidelines are absolute rules on my own repositories, so I may lack the energy to explain it to you yet another time. And please, if I ask you to change something, git commit --amend.

Beyond that, don't be shy about asking before patching. What takes you hours might take me minutes simply because I have both domain knowledge and a perverse knowledge of VimScript so vast that many would consider it a symptom of mental illness. On the flip side, some ideas I'll reject no matter how good the implementation is. "Send a patch" is an edge case answer in my book.

Self-Promotion

Like fugitive.vim? Follow the repository on GitHub and vote for it on vim.org. And if you're feeling especially charitable, follow tpope on Twitter and GitHub.

License

Copyright (c) Tim Pope. Distributed under the same terms as Vim itself. See :help license.

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