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Automatically add Python paths to Vim path

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created 2008 · complexity basic · author Legner · version 7.0


You can use gf (goto file) in Python source code to open an imported Python file.

Put the following in a script in:

  • ~/.vim/after/ftplugin/python.vim    (on Unix systems)
  • $HOME/vimfiles/after/ftplugin/python.vim    (on Windows systems)
python << EOF
import os
import sys
import vim
for p in sys.path:
    # Add each directory in sys.path, if it exists.
    if os.path.isdir(p):
        # Command 'set' needs backslash before each space.
        vim.command(r"set path+=%s" % (p.replace(" ", r"\ ")))
EOF

This allows you to use gf or Ctrl-W Ctrl-F to open the file under the cursor. It works pretty well. particularly for imports of the form:

import abc.def.module

But not so well with:

from abc.def import module

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