Suppose that you have long
.vimrc config. My config had over 400 lines before splitting it into modules. I decided to split it into the following files:
`vimrc`: main, loads the rest of config files
`vimrc.augroups`: *MIME*-based config (e.g. key bindings for *Ruby* / *Rails*)
`vimrc.writing`: setup for distractless environment
All of them are kept in
~/dotfiles/. You can also find them on my GitHub account.
After the change
.vimrc has 290 lines, which is a little better. As you may know, by default Vim looks for the config in the following dotfiles:
Up to yesterday I kept 4 symlinks:
`.vimrc` --> `~/dotfiles/vimrc`
`.vimrc.bundles` --> `~/dotfiles/vimrc.bundles`
`.vimrc.augroups` --> `~/dotfiles/vimrc.augroups`
`.vimrc.writing` --> `~/dotfiles/vimrc.writing`
If you want to share the config between and among vanilla Vim, gVim, MacVim, or neovim, etc. it is not very usable. For example neovim looks up the config in
As I keep the whole config in the
~/dotfiles directory, I thought it’d be better to ‘delegate’ only one, main file (
vimrc) that would load the rest of files. This is what I ended up with:
`~/.vimrc` --> `~/dotfiles/vimrc`
`~/.gvimrc` --> `~/dotfiles/vimrc`
`~/.whatevervimrc` --> `~/dotfiles/vimrc`
`~/.config/nvim/init.vim` --> `~/dotfiles/vimrc`
This is how
~/dotfiles/vimrc load the rest of config files:
" define paths in global variables
let g:dotfilesPath = '~/dotfiles/'
let g:vimrcBundles = g:dotfilesPath . 'vimrc.bundles'
let g:vimrcAugroups = g:dotfilesPath . 'vimrc.augroups'
let g:vimrcWriting = g:dotfilesPath . 'vimrc.writing'
" load files
exe 'source ' g:vimrcBundles
exe 'source ' g:vimrcAugroups
exe 'source ' g:vimrcWriting
I believe that the must a be better way to load / manage those files, but for
now it’s another small win and does the job.