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How can I achieve this situation?

  1. Open vim in my home folder.
  2. Navigate somewhere with NERDTree
  3. Run the :!ls command and see the contents of the directory in that NERDTree is displaying
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up vote 9 down vote accepted

Try :help NERDTreeChDirMode. Setting it to 2 will do what you want.

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i got it thanks! but to be complete (i'm not a vim guru) the answer will include also ":helptags ~/.vim/doc" to get docs aviable and "let g:NERDTreeChDirMode=2" in .vimrc – nkint Apr 26 '11 at 22:29

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