salve.vim: static support for Leiningen and Boot
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Static Vim support for Leiningen and Boot.

Leiningen ran... [the ants] would get to him soon, despite the salve on his boots.

-- from "Leiningen versus the Ants"


  • :Console command to start a REPL or focus an existing instance if already running using dispatch.vim.
  • Autoconnect fireplace.vim to the REPL, or autostart it with :Console.
  • Navigation commands: :Esource, :Emain, :Etest, and :Eresource.
  • Alternate between test and implementation with :A.
  • Use :make to invoke lein or boot, complete with stacktrace parsing.
  • Default dispatch.vim's :Dispatch to running the associated test file.
  • 'path' is seeded with the classpath to enable certain static Vim and fireplace.vim behaviors.


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://
git clone git://
git clone git://
git clone git://

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


Why does it sometimes take a few extra seconds for Vim to startup?

Much of the functionality of salve.vim depends on knowing the classpath. When possible, this is retrieved from a fireplace.vim connection, but if not, this means a call to lein classpath or boot show --fake-classpath.

Once retrieved, the classpath is cached until a project manifest file changes: for Leiningen project.clj or ~/.lein/profiles.clj, for Boot build.boot or ~/.boot/profile.boot.


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