I’m a die hard fan of Vim and sometimes can be obsessed with trying out new plugins. I really like Vundle – a Vim plugin manager that simplifies plugin installation. I recently reorganized my .vimrc so that it’s easier to keep track of my plugin configurations. My .vim folder now has a sub directory settings that contains different files for each plugin configuration:

and .vimrc file will source these files one by one:

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for fpath in split(globpath('~/.vim/settings', '*.vim'), '\n')
  exe 'source' fpath
endfor

The only problem is whenever I uninstall a plugin, I have to remember to remove the configuration file for that plugin in the settings directory. Of course I don’t always remember, and so Vundle CLI is built for this.

To quote from the README.md:

Available commands:

  • rm remove a plugin
  • list list all installed plugins
  • find find an installed plugin
  • clean clean up unused plugin related files

rm will remove the line Bundle plugin_name or Plugin plugin_name in your .vimrc, delete the configuration file for this plugin in the specified settings directory, and the plugin folder. Before anything is deleted, the command will prompt you for confirmation unless the --force switch is on.

Rather than explaining what each command does, I think a gif would do a much better job:

Vundle CLI gif

The locations of .vimrc file, .vim and settings directories can be specified with options --vimrc, --vimdir, --settings respectively. Otherwise, the default values are ~/.vimrc, ~/.vim, and ~/.vim/settings. It should also be able to follow symlinks.

I still need to write tests but I’m leaving it for the future when I have more time and energy.

Vundle CLI is a Ruby gem so to install it, run this in your terminal:

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$ gem install vundle-cli

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