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created 2004 · complexity intermediate · author Xiangjiang Ma · version 6.0

To make gf work for a URL, say, file:///C:/myfile.txt, I have the following in my vimrc on Windows:

au BufReadCmd file:///* exe "bd!|edit ".substitute(expand("<afile>"),"file:/*","","")


How about extending it for http://x.y

For network file like http:// ftp:// etc, I guess it is better to use netrw plugin.


  • Handle escaped characters like %20 for spaces.

--Fritzophrenic 16:12, January 6, 2010 (UTC)

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