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I can't open folders in nerdtree vim. It won't open the folders, and these funky symbols are being displayed:

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Does anyone have a clue about how to get this working?

I'm running UTF-8.

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Similar question on stack overflow:… – gdw2 Dec 21 '12 at 16:01
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I'm having a similar problem using Vim 7.2 and the latest NERDtree plugin (4.2.0).

The odd symbols are because your terminal does not support the new arrows. You can fix that by putting

let NERDTreeDirArrows=0

in your .vimrc

I'm still working on the the more important issue of it not opening directories though.

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ty for the tip,,, let me know if you find a solution to the opening directoryes problem – Darkmage May 3 '12 at 10:58
Well, not really an answer, but I eventually upgraded to vim 7.3 and the problems seemed to go away. – Lance May 11 '12 at 16:02
Doing as you said, or more specially, adding let g:NERDTreeDirArrows=0 to my .vimrc, fixed the problem of being able to descend into directories for me. Here is the original bug report: – gdw2 Dec 21 '12 at 15:59

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