[NTG-context] Setting up macvim in mac os catalina to work with LMTX

Nicola nvitacolonna at gmail.com
Wed Apr 22 16:49:51 CEST 2020

On 2020-04-21, Jan-Erik Hägglöf <janerik.hagglof at bahnhof.se> wrote:
> Hi !
> I am curious about testing macvim and it seems doing fine in edit
> mode. But how do i set up the typesetting engine?
> As far as I understand, there is, the command :ConteXt with guidance
> from the wiki https://wiki.contextgarden.net/Vim
> <https://wiki.contextgarden.net/Vim>
> But I do not understand how to customize it to be directed to the path
> to my engine
> I’ve installed the LMTX in /Users/janneman/context-osx-64/

I haven't tried LMTX yet, but you may configure the path to the ConTeXt
executable you want to use by setting `g:context_mtxrun`, e.g.:

    :let g:context_mtxrun='/path/to/context/mtxrun'

Then, executing :ConTeXt will run the configured command. You may also
define shell enviroment variables, if needed. For instance, I have
configured Vim to use my installation of ConTeXt Beta as follows:

   :let g:context_mtxrun='PATH=$HOME/path/to/context-beta/tex/texmf-osx-64/bin:$PATH mtxrun'

> The installation works fine in TeXshop but still an error shows up in
> macvim and the message dissappears very quick so there is not much
> time to read the cause of error.

You may show a log of Vim messages by typing :messages.
If you post the error message, I may better diagnose your issue.

> I have created the subdirectory .vim/ftplugin/ and put the context.vim file there
> also the corresponding in .vim/compiler/context.vim
> which is copied from the program located in
> /usr/local/Cellar/macvim/8.2-163/MacVim.app/Contents/Resources/vim/runtime

That's unnecessary. MacVim's runtime path is searched by default.
I recommend that you remove the files that you have copied into ~/.vim.
ConTeXt in Vim works out of the box.


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