Bug 207718 - vim: no highlighted syntax + no tag support in help
vim: no highlighted syntax + no tag support in help
Product: Fedora
Classification: Fedora
Component: vim (Show other bugs)
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Assigned To: Karsten Hopp
David Lawrence
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Reported: 2006-09-22 13:42 EDT by German Monroy
Modified: 2007-11-30 17:11 EST (History)
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Last Closed: 2006-09-26 05:18:25 EDT
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Description German Monroy 2006-09-22 13:42:25 EDT
Description of problem:
I haven't been able to use the highlighted syntax feature in vim.  Also when I
go to the help the key I traditionally use to enter a tag ^] doesn't work
(reports E434: Can't find tag pattern and then shows garbage)

Version-Release number of selected component (if applicable):
I updated with yum to
I got the same problem with the vim rpms shipping in FC6 Test3

How reproducible:

Steps to Reproduce:
1. open vi 
2. :h
3. press ^] in any tag help

Trying to enable highlighted syntax.  
1. vi ~/.vimrc
2. :r $VIMRUNTIME/vimrc_example.vim
3. :w
4. open any file with should be recognized by highlighted syntax (e.g.

Actual results:
^] reports "E434: Can't find tag pattern"
highlighted syntax doesn't work: text is black

Expected results:
^] should jump to the corresponding help page
highlighed syntax should work for the default file types.

Additional info:
Comment 1 Karsten Hopp 2006-09-26 05:18:25 EDT
You're using /bin/vi, the vim binary with the 'tiny' featureset which can't
handle the compressed help files and can't do syntax highlighting. Only
/usr/bin/vim and gvim can handle those. 
I intended to write up a minimal help file and point /bin/vi to that one, but
got distracted by other tasks.
In the meantime please use 'vim' instead of 'vi' or set an alias (which isn't
set for uids < 100, so I'm assuming your trying to edit files as root)
Comment 2 German Monroy 2006-09-26 12:44:06 EDT
Thanks a lot for letting me know this, Karsten.  A small help file as you 
mention describing the vi/vim situation would be great to have.  Best regards.

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