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I don't have access to the vimrc (no write access that is)

So far I have been using

colorscheme desert 

to be able to read comments. But i'm getting tired of it any workaround or do I have to beg sysadmin to chmod it?

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closed as off topic by womble, Ward, rnxrx, Michael Hampton, Sirex Sep 20 '12 at 23:49

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When you say "the" vimrc what are you talking about? You know you can have your own vimrc in your home directory right? – WerkkreW Apr 11 '12 at 18:56
I didn't :(( thanks – Marin Apr 11 '12 at 20:53
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In order to make it permanent, you should add that to your ~/.vimrc file. That's a personal vimrc, as opposed to the system wide one that you're probably looking at. The syntax is slightly different, so what you would do is add the line

colors desert

to your local config file, again that's ~/.vimrc and you're good to go.

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+1 that. (Also if you have a 256 colour xterm, then desert256 is a good scheme.) – SmallClanger Apr 11 '12 at 19:04
I don't have desert256 unfortunately installed but thanks :) – Marin Apr 11 '12 at 20:54

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