Bug#438560: Should -N/-C override 'compatible' settings in vimrc files?

James Vega jamessan at debian.org
Wed Feb 6 21:28:50 UTC 2008

On Wed, Feb 06, 2008 at 09:43:33PM +0100, Bram Moolenaar wrote:
> The main reason to do it this way is that when a startup script contains
> "set nocp" the following lines often depend on this.  If one would start
> "vim -C" and the -C would cause the "set nocp" line to be ignored, the
> rest of the script would be misinterpreted.  Especially for ":map"
> commands with things like "<C-A>".  With 'nocompatible' this means
> CTRL-A, with 'compatible' this is 5 separate characters.

The initial bug was specifically that "vim -C" with "set nocp" in a
startup script resulted in a Vim session that didn't have 'compatible'
set as per the man page.  I notice that the help for -C indicates the
":set nocompatible" command will override -C so maybe it would be
sufficient to add this to the man page as well.  A similar note should
be added to the help/man page for -N.

This would be a simpler solution, although I still think that if the
user is specifically requesting (no)compatible mode at the command line,
they should be able to deal with side-effects it may have on startup

GPG Key: 1024D/61326D40 2003-09-02 James Vega <jamessan at debian.org>
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