Subdirectories of bundles are not parsed for addition to rtp #46

jmcaffee opened this Issue Oct 17, 2011 · 13 comments


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I'm running Vim 7.3 on windows 7.
The issue I'm having is that the after dir is not being added to the rtp for the snipmate plugin. The snipmate dir structure is:

From debugging, it looks like ~\vimfiles\bundle\snipmate is added to rtp but no directories under snipmate are added.
By moving ...\snipmate\after dir to directly under bundle, the directory is added as expected.

I am running the latest version of pathogen and from reviewing the issues log, I have verified that previous fixes to pathogen#runtime_append_all_bundles() are in the version of pathogen I've got installed.

I found that changing:


in lines 153 and 155 results in the 'after' dirs being included in the rtp.

I don't know if it's an issue (or matters) but the 'after' dirs are included in the middle of the list produced by :scriptnames and I'm expecting them at the end. ie. they come 'after' all other *.vim files. My snipmate plugin is still not working (maybe because of this?)

snipmate worked fine for me with pathogen


tpope commented Oct 21, 2011

@jmcaffee, that solution causes every single directory inside every single bundle to be added, surely not what you had in mind.

As a first step, can you post the output of :set runtimepath? when pathogen is not activated?

sunaku commented Oct 21, 2011

Hint: run vim -u NONE -c 'set runtimepath?'

You are correct about every single directory being added. And it appears that there is a limit on the length of the runtimepath that I am now hitting...

Here's the runtime path:


tpope commented Oct 21, 2011

I don't think there's a limit on length, just :set output length. Try :echo &runtimepath rather than :set runtimepath?

That's a weird mixture of \ and / in your runtimepath, but it should work fine.

:set runtimepath? didn't work for me. The paths listed above are a result of :echo &runtimepath (with no plugins enabled).


tpope commented Oct 21, 2011

Then what did you mean by a "limit on the length of the runtimepath"?

Additionally, the directory C:\tools\vim\vimfiles doesn't actually exist on my system. So, I don't know where that is coming from.

I had added ruby_debugger plugin to the bundle directory and I started getting errors about spelling files not being found. When I checked the runtimepath at that point, it was being truncated (visually, anyway) and I assumed it was because it had been made so long. I was using echo &runtimepath to check the it at the time.

Keep in mind that there are a lot of directories in the ruby_debugger tree and they were all being added due to my change (**) to the pathogen function.

After removing the ruby_debugger plugin from the bundle dir, the missing spell files errors went away.

When I started gvim using the command line given by @sunaku, set runtimepath? returned an error:
Error detected while processing command line: E20: Mark not set

Starting gvim with gvim -u NONE then running :set runtimepath? returns:


I did want to point out that I was calling pathogen from my vimrc file with the following signature:
call pathogen#infect()
This gives me the problems mentioned above (after dirs not added to path) because it is calling pathogen#runtime_append_all_bundles()

I changed the infect call to:
call pathogen#infect("~/vimfiles/bundle")
and this gives me the desired results (due to it calling pathogen#runtime_prepend_subdirectories())

It appears that runtime_append_all_bundles() doesn't look any deeper into the directory trees than the initial level -- meaning that it would find bundle/after but not bundle/somedir/after.

I'm not sure if this is the intended result or not.


tpope commented Oct 23, 2011

It does look deeper once it hits the after directories in 'runtimepath'. That is, it adds ~/vimfiles/bundle/* when it hits ~/vimfiles and adds ~/vimfiles/bundle/*/after when it hits ~/vimfiles/after.

I'm having this issue too. Under Cygwin and Linux there is not an issue with the length of the runtimepath set rtp shows everything. On Windows however 7.3.46 my rtp gets truncated at 1023 characters.

The Cygwin/Linux Vim versions are a bit newer (7.3.353/7.3.154). I wonder if the rtp limit was removed in a later patch or if it's just a Windows thing?

Never mind. I'm an idiot. It's just the path display (as you indicated earler) that's truncated. The issue is with snipmate. Not the amazingly awesome pathogen :-).

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