Can not get Matchit.vim to work. What am I Doing Wrong?

Martin McCormick martin at
Tue Nov 20 19:58:25 UTC 2007

Janina Sajka writes:
>Honestly, Martin. This doesn't sound like an accessibility issue. Seems
>you know exactly what is, and isn't happening, and it seems you're able
>to issue commands to the system. So, unless someone here has direct
>knowledge of this particular plugin, I don't know why blinux would be
>the right place to ask your question. Shouldn't you rather rely on the
>help resources provided via

	I actually did begin to wonder if this was an
accessibility issue, maybe some sort of highlighting that vim
was doing without moving the cursor. If you move the cursor over
a left-brace, parenthesis or bracket, you do suddenly hear the
matching parenthesis or whatever which makes me think vim
probably highlights where your inclusion ends.

	In the overall scheme of things, this is minor, but I
did sort of wonder what was going on the first time or two.

	After about the fifth read of the documentation, I
realized that that plugin doesn't automatically set up the
advanced capabilities, only the ability to do them. You have to
define which clauses to track and put them in your .vimrc file.

	There are no screen tricks or anything strange going on
at all and this makes tracking the flow of a shell script much
quicker and more accurate.

I must admit that every time I have thought there was an
accessibility issue in the command-line world of UNIX, I have
been wrong. The only thing about vim that may really throw
someone for a loop at first is if one is on a system in which
the ruler is set on. You will hear your cursor position in the
line every time you hit the h or the l. If you put

set noruler

in your .vimrc file, then everything is right with the world
again and the l key echoes the contents of the line one is on,
just like in vi.

	I had this awakening the first time I was on a Redhat
system which uses vim by default. Many of you use Redhat so you
probably already know all this, but it was new to me.

Martin McCormick

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