Take the 2-minute tour ×
Super User is a question and answer site for computer enthusiasts and power users. It's 100% free, no registration required.

Whenever I start MacVim, through Finder or through Terminal, I receive the following error:

E575: viminfo: Illegal starting char in line: c/gui_mac.txt
Press ENTER or type command to continue

I have reinstalled multiple times. I found the only gui_mac.txt on my System (as far as I know) here:

Applications/MacVim.app/Contents/Resources/vim/runtime/doc/gui_mac.txt

Its "Last Opened" date is August 15th, 2010, which is several months before I even installed my operating system. I didn't edit it!

I searched Google for the error in quotes, and I didn't receive a single result. The closest bit of info I've been able to find is here, and it isn't very useful.

What is going on?

share|improve this question

1 Answer 1

up vote 4 down vote accepted

Darn it. The link I provided did provide the correct solution. I have never touched my .viminfo file, so I don't know how an escape character got in there.

In short:

Deleting the contents of my .viminfo file resolved the issue.

share|improve this answer

Your Answer

 
discard

By posting your answer, you agree to the privacy policy and terms of service.

Not the answer you're looking for? Browse other questions tagged or ask your own question.