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I want to do R scripts in Gvim. I downloaded a zip file called Then what?

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Presumed homepage – Eroen Apr 16 '12 at 22:29
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  1. Installation


Make a backup of your ~/.vim directory because existing files will be replaced. Please, look at |r-plugin-files| to see the list of files.

3.2. Operating system specific instructions


3.2.1. Unix (Linux, OS X, etc.)

Uncompress the archive:

unzip vim-r-plugin-*.zip -d ~/.vim

Start Vim and build the tags file for this document (and others that eventually are in the same directory):

:helptags ~/.vim/doc


3.1. General instructions I


You need to activate plugins and indentation according to 'filetype'. You should have at least the following options in your |vimrc|:

set nocompatible
syntax enable
filetype plugin on
filetype indent on

"Your vimrc" is generally ~/.vimrc even for gvim, as @garyjohn points out.

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"Your vimrc" is generally ~/.vimrc, even for gvim. The only reason to use ~/.gvimrc is to configure something for only gvim and not vim, and even that can be done within ~/.vimrc. – garyjohn Apr 16 '12 at 22:51
~/.vim -> No such file or directory – AWE Apr 16 '12 at 22:59
mkdir ~/.vim, then. – Eroen Apr 16 '12 at 23:06
Even had a problem with that earlier today but now no problem. Upvote for simplicity if I could. – AWE Apr 16 '12 at 23:22
What do you mean with ":helptags ~/.vim/doc"? Answer like I am your greatgreatgrandparent. – AWE Apr 16 '12 at 23:25

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