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I download file to home folder into downloads, and extract it there. But when i try to run command :helptags $HOME/.vim/doc gvim shows error directory doesnt exist. Can someone tell me how to complete that installation succefully and where to extract those files from zip i downloaded from

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migrated from Oct 16 '12 at 1:51

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Try this: - Make sure you have a .vim folder in your home directory(/home/yourname/.vim)

  • Extract the file in a directory.

  • Copy all the files from there into .vim directory, and overwrite if your file manager asks about folder names.

  • Do helptags.

Alternatively you can take a look at Pathogen, or check Ubuntu repositories for the plugin.

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+1 for Pathogen. Once you have that set up, you can install most plugins by finding them on Github and just typing something like git clone – Marius Oct 16 '12 at 0:26
Vundle is an alternative to Pathogen. Both are awesome. Vundle makes working with those pesky github repositories even easier. – Ryan Oct 16 '12 at 5:02

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