Recently I’ve been using this vim plugin called vim-powerline which has plenty of nice features like
I highly recommend it.
vim-powerline wasn’t working properly on my laptop though. Some files like
.gitignore would work whereas others like
sample.coffee wouldn’t. If I removed my
~/.vim/ftdetect folder most files would work but that wasn’t the solution.
I finally narrowed it down to my custom syntax highlighting colour scheme mango.vim. The offending line was this:
After looking into it I found out that
highlight clear was clearing all of
vim-powerline's styles so for files where syntax highlighting was turned on, the plugin wasn’t working as expected.
So if you’re having difficulties installing vim-powerline, check to make sure your color scheme isn’t clearing highlights. Dark color schemes commonly have this set.
vim-powerline is fairly easy. You’ll need to be on an 88 || 256 color terminal — so if you’re on OSX I definitely recommend iTerm2.
.vimrc file you’ll set the following
set nocompatible set t_Co=256
Powerline.vim is in
Pl folder and
Pl.vim is in
~/.vim/autoload/ and you should be all set.