MAJOR Update. Please Note that this version will ONLY run with Vim version 7.0 or greater. Dave Eggum has made some 'significant' updates to this latest version: - Added BufExplorerGetAltBuf() global function to be used in the users rulerformat. - Added g:bufExplorerSplitRight option. - Added g:bufExplorerShowRelativePath option with mapping. - Added current line highlighting. - The split type can now be changed whether bufexplorer is opened in split mode or not. - Various major and minor bug fixes and speed improvements. - Sort by extension. Other improvements/changes: - Changed the help key from '?' to <F1> to be more 'standard'. - Fixed splitting of vertical bufexplorer window.
Thanks to Larry Zhang for finding a bug in the "split" buffer code. If you force set g:bufExplorerSplitType='v' in your vimrc, and if you tried to do a \bs to split the bufexplorer window, it would always split horizontal, not vertical. He also found that I had a typeo in that the variable g:bufExplorerSplitVertSize was all lower case in the documentation which was incorrect.
Fixed a problem discovered first by Xiangjiang Ma. Well since I've been using vim 7.0 and not 6.3, I started using a function (getftype) that is not in 6.3. So for backward compatibility, I conditionaly use this function now. Thus, the g:bufExplorerShowDirectories feature is only available when using vim 7.0 and above.
Thanks to Erwin Waterlander for finding a problem when the last buffer was deleted. This issue got me to rewrite the buffer display logic (which I've wanted to do for sometime now). Also great thanks to Dave Eggum for coming up with idea for g:bufExplorerShowDirectories. Directories usually show up in the list from using a command like ":e .", this controls how those are displayed.
Thanks to Erwin Waterlander for finding a couple problems. The first problem allowed a modified buffer to be deleted. Opps! The second problem occured when several files were opened, BufExplorer was started, the current buffer was deleted using the 'd' option, and then BufExplorer was exited. The deleted buffer was still visible while it is not in the buffers list. Opps again!
Thanks to Shankar R. for suggesting to add the ability to set the fixed width (g:bufExplorerSplitVertSize) of a new window when opening bufexplorer vertically and fixed height (g:bufExplorerSplitHorzSize) of a new window when opening bufexplorer horizontally. By default, the windows are normally split to use half the existing width or height.
Thanks to Jay Logan for finding a bug in the vertical split postion of the code. When selecting that the window was to be split vertically by doing a '\bv', from then on, all splits, i.e. '\bs', were split vertically, even though g:bufExplorerSplitType was not set to 'v'.
Thanks to Patrik Modesto for adding a small improvement. For some reason his bufexplorer window was always showing up folded. He added 'setlocal nofoldenable' and it was fixed. If you are having the same problem, this version is for you...
…help or not.
Now pressing the <esc> key will quit, just like 'q'. Added folds to hide winmanager configuration. If anyone had the 'C' option in their cpoptions they would receive a E10 error on startup of BufExplorer. cpo is now saved, updated and restored. Thanks to Charles E Campbell, Jr. Attempted to make sure there can only be one BufExplorer window open at a time.
Thanks to Andre Pang for the original patch/idea to get bufexplorer to work in insertmode/modeless mode (evim). Added Initialize and Cleanup autocommands to handle commands that need to be performed when starting or leaving bufexplorer.
Added the necessary hooks so that the winmanager.vim script could more easily integrate with this script. Now the winmanager.vim script should not have to have it's own version of bufexplorer.vim. Tried to improve performance. Remember to look at 'help: add-local-help' on how to add the help file into the vim help system.
Now you can sort the buffer list by most recently used (MRU). Please note that this is now a .zip file. Please unzip in your vimfiles, ~/.vim or whatever directory you store your vim stuff in. This file contains \plugin\bufexplorer.vim and \doc\bufexplorer.txt. To add the nifty help to vim look under ':help add-local-help' for more information.