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This tip is actually for Vim 6.1. To turn on syntax coloring in Mac OS X enter the following commands, or place them in your [[vimrc]]:
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Some versions of Mac OS X don't have syntax highlighting support in terminal Vim with default settings.
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If you don't have syntax highlighting in any Vim, first make sure something like this is in your .[[vimrc]]:
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<pre>
 
<pre>
:set term=builtin_beos-ansi
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filetype plugin indent on
:syntax on
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syntax on
 
</pre>
 
</pre>
   
==Comments==
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If you have that, and still don't get syntax highlighting in Vim running in a terminal (i.e. not a GUI like MacVim), you may need to inform Vim how to handle the terminal.
Note that this is only an issue for Vim in a Terminal window, not for the GUI version, and that it will only work if support for beos-ansi is compiled in. For pre-compiled versions for Mac OS X, see http://vim.sourceforge.net/download.php#mac
 
 
There are some further OS X FAQ's on my page, http://homepage.mac.com/fisherbb/index.html
 
 
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'syntax enable' also works fine.
 
 
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For Mountain Lion in vim use:
 
   
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Something like this is needed, prior to the <code>syntax on</code> command in your .vimrc:
 
<pre>
 
<pre>
:set term=builtin_ansi
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set term=builtin_beos-ansi
:syntax on
 
 
</pre>
 
</pre>
   
Or in your ~/.vimrc:
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Others (on "Mountain Lion") reported success with this instead:
   
 
<pre>
 
<pre>
 
set term=builtin_ansi
 
set term=builtin_ansi
20 syntax on
 
 
</pre>
 
</pre>
   
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==Comments==
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set term=builtin_ansi Worked like a charm on OS X 10.9 Mavericks, Thanks.
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set term=xterm also works on OS X 10.9 Mavericks
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Disclaimer: Under 10.9 Mavericks with an external keyboard, term=builtin_ansi may make the delete key next to the end key change the character under the cursor rather than delete as expected. term=xterm has this key behave as expected.

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created July 11, 2002 · complexity basic · author Mario Martinez · version 6.0


Some versions of Mac OS X don't have syntax highlighting support in terminal Vim with default settings.

If you don't have syntax highlighting in any Vim, first make sure something like this is in your .vimrc:

filetype plugin indent on
syntax on

If you have that, and still don't get syntax highlighting in Vim running in a terminal (i.e. not a GUI like MacVim), you may need to inform Vim how to handle the terminal.

Something like this is needed, prior to the syntax on command in your .vimrc:

set term=builtin_beos-ansi

Others (on "Mountain Lion") reported success with this instead:

set term=builtin_ansi

CommentsEdit

set term=builtin_ansi Worked like a charm on OS X 10.9 Mavericks, Thanks.

set term=xterm also works on OS X 10.9 Mavericks

Disclaimer: Under 10.9 Mavericks with an external keyboard, term=builtin_ansi may make the delete key next to the end key change the character under the cursor rather than delete as expected. term=xterm has this key behave as expected.

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