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I use gvim on Windows. How can I open a new file?

I have tried with :e ~\mypath\myfile.txt but I get this error message:

E303: Unable to open swap file for "C:\Users\Jonas\mypath\myfile.txt", recovery impossible

How to open a new file using gvim on Windows?

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Solution 1

This seem to be a bug. From Vim E303: Unable to open swap file for "[No Name]", recovery impossible, I should add this to _gvimrc:

set directory=.,$TEMP

Solution 2

To clarify the location of files and directories, which aren't immediately obvious, here is another solution.

Make the following directories (e.g., from a command prompt):

mkdir %HOMEPATH%\vim\backup
mkdir %HOMEPATH%\vim\tmp

Note that %HOMEPATH% equals C:\Users\User.Name, where "User.Name" is your Windows user name.

Then copy the following into %HOMEPATH%\_vimrc:

set backup
set backupdir=$HOME\vim\backup
set directory=$HOME\vim\tmp
set nosmartindent
set tabstop=2
set shiftwidth=2
set expandtab
set ai
set pastetoggle=<F2>
syntax on

Save the file and the error should go away.

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Thanks! Using the environmental variable TEMP seems the best way to go, yet so few people suggest it from what I've seen. – leetNightshade Apr 2 '14 at 22:43

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