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created 2005 · complexity basic · author Lee Savidge · version 5.7


I got really bored of editing multiple vimrc files when I wanted to change mine. So, after installing cygwin under Windows I added an environment variable which set HOME to be c:\cygwin\home\username. Vim/GVim in Windows reads that variable if it is set and notes that the config file to read is the one I have in my cygwin directory. Also, because Vim/GVim under Windows understands that the config files could be called either .vimrc or _vimrc it doesn't require any other change. Now when either Vim in cygwin or Vim/GVim in Windows loads, they both use the same config files. This assumes that your config files can work under either environment as mine do.

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Another option (if for some reason you don't want to change your Windows HOME var) is to create a vimrc file in your Windows home with the following lines:

set runtimepath+=c:/cygwin/home/username/.vim
source c:/cygwin/home/username/_vimrc

I think if you have installed cygwin, you can use the following method: under cygwin:

$ cd ~
$ ln -s /path/to/windows/_vimrc .vimrc

and by this way, we can use the same vimrc. Don't forget we can use " if has('win32') ..." to write config for different environment.


Be careful with setting $HOME to something else under Windows. A lot of apps rely on such variable as well. You may end up messing up another app`s settings.


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