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I just recently switched over to Mac. On windows I was using git through the msysgit project. When doing a git rebase -i I'm used to get a nice syntax highlighting in vim. I'm missing it badly now that I'm on Mac. How can I get it back?

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Is it syntax highlighted when you do outside of vim? –  Conner Sep 9 '12 at 21:29
the colors for the git log etc do work, yes. I have git config --global color.ui true –  Christoph Sep 9 '12 at 21:32
Did you not copy your previous Vim config over? –  Andrew Marshall Sep 9 '12 at 21:56
msysgitseemed to abstract all those difficulties away from the end user. All the highlighting worked just out of the box so until my first interactive rebase on my new MacBook I didn't even know that something like a vim config does even exist :) –  Christoph Sep 9 '12 at 22:34
as a side note, may i introduce you to vim-fugitive ? github.com/tpope/vim-fugitive (see the screencasts on vimcast.org vimcasts.org/episodes/…) –  tshirtman Sep 9 '12 at 23:11

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I just figured out all I need is to create a ~/.vimrc file with a line that reads syntax on

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You probably need to set up an autocmd in your .vimrc to recognise the appropriate file as a rebase -i temporary:

autocmd BufNewFile,BufRead git-rebase-todo setf gitrebase

Then you just need to use a syntax file ~/.vim/syntax/gitrebase.vim and put in whatever highlighting commands match your preferences such as the one supplied with recents vims: http://code.google.com/p/vim/source/browse/runtime/syntax/gitrebase.vim

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I created the .vimrcat ~/ with the line that you postet and also created the gitrebase.vim file at ~/.vim/syntax/ with the content from that link. Then I reopened the terminal and tried it. It doesn't work. Anything I might be missing? –  Christoph Sep 9 '12 at 22:29
Ok, I just figured out all I need is that .vimrc file with a line that reads syntax on –  Christoph Sep 9 '12 at 22:40

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