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*os_mac.txt* For Vim version 6.3. Last change: 2004 Apr 27
VIM REFERENCE MANUAL by Bram Moolenaar et al.
*mac* *Mac* *macintosh* *Macintosh*
This file documents the particularities of the Macintosh version of Vim.
NOTE: This file is a bit outdated. You might find more useful info here:
1. Filename Convention |mac-filename|
2. .vimrc an .vim files |mac-vimfile|
3. FAQ |mac-faq|
4. Known Lack |mac-lack|
5. Mac Bug Report |mac-bug|
6. Compiling Vim |mac-compile|
There was a Mac port for version 3.0 of Vim. Here are the first few lines
from the old file:
VIM Release Notes
Initial Macintosh release, VIM version 3.0
19 October 1994
<[email protected]>, <[email protected]>, <[email protected]>
5759 N. Guilford Ave
Indianapolis IN 46220 USA
1. Filename Convention *mac-filename*
You can use either the unix or mac path separator or a mix of both. In order
to determine if the specified filename is relative to the current folder or
absolute (i.e. relative to the "Desktop"), the following algorithm is used:
If the path start by a "/", the path is absolute
If the path start by a ":", the path is relative
If the path doesn't start by neither a "/" nor ":",
and a ":" is found before a "/" then the path is absolute
Edit the file "text" of the disk "HD"
Edit the file "main.c" in the folder "src" in the current folder
Edit the file "os_mac.c" in the current folder.
You can use the |$VIM| and |$VIMRUNTIME| variable.
2. .vimrc and .vim files *mac-vimfile*
On the Mac files starting with a dot "." are discouraged, thus the rc files
are named "vimrc" or "_vimrc" and "gvimrc" or "_gvimrc". These files can be in
any format (mac, dos or unix). Vim can handle any file format when the
|'nocompatible'| option is set, otherwise it will only handle mac format
3. Mac FAQ *mac-faq*
Q: I can't enter non-ASCII character in Apple Terminal.
A: Under Window Settings, Emulation, make sure that "Escape non-ASCII
characters" is not checked.
4. Mac Lack *mac-lack*
-The filenames containing both ":" and "/" are sometimes misinterpreted.
(just re-execute the command)
-Scrollbar are not scrolling live, and when only the arrow or scroll area,
a limit of 32 line or page is scrolled.
-Syntax highlighting works on 68k Macs but is _really_ slow.
5. Mac Bug Report *mac-bug*
When reporting any Mac specific bug or feature change, please use the vim-mac
maillist |vim-mac|. However, you need to be subscribed. An alternative is to
send a message to the current MacVim maintainers:
6. Compiling Vim *mac-compile*
See the file "src/INSTALLmac.txt" that comes with the source files.
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