Vimball is a vim-based archiver that builds, extracts, and previews.
The vimball plugin facilitates creating, extracting , and listing the contents of "vimball" archives (*.vba).
CREATING A VIMBALL
Vimball can create a "vimball" archive (*.vba) with the following command:
As an example:
will create a "vimball.vba" archive. Each line in the range processed by the MkVimball command simply describes where in the usual vim directory tree various files are.
EXTRACTING FROM A VIMBALL
Users of a vimball archive simply need to
and the contents of the vimball will be extracted and placed into the proper directories, no matter where the user opened up the vimball. Furthermore, the helptags command will be automatically and transparently used to make any doc/*.txt files' contents available by the Vim help system.
PREVIEWING A VIMBALL
Instead of immediately sourcing a vimball to extract its contents, one may use
to preview the contents of the vimball archive.
1. Remove all vestiges of any older version of vimball. Typically, that means:
2. Change directory to the directory holding the plugin/ and autoload/ directories where you want to install vimball. It is probably best to install the new vimball in the distribution directory.
tar -oxvf vimball.tar
chmod a+r autoload/vimball.vim doc/pi_vimball.txt plugin/vimballPlugin.vim