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I use gvim 7.2 script dev and other admin work on a Windows XP laptop and it has picked my network share as the location of the _viminfo. This is problematic because it takes a long time for vim to start. Is there a way to change the location of _viminfo file with out modifying my environment.

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Use the viminfo option to set the location of your _viminfo. eg

:set viminfo=nC:\\_viminfo

More information is available from Vim's online help ...

:help viminfo
  • That sort of worked. I had to add the value for the ' char, not sure why but it worked. – bkoch Jun 30 '09 at 13:43
  • Yeah, not quite. Edit "C:\Program Files (x86)\Vim_vimrc" and add "set viminfo+=nc:\_viminfo". That seems to have worked. – Bye Feb 24 '11 at 4:31
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    It seems that the + adds on to the default value and (as the above commenter mentioned) you need the ' value so I am guessing it is required (probably mentioned in the docs somewhere). So this also worked "set viminfo='100,nc:\_viminfo" – Bye Feb 24 '11 at 4:39
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The $HOME on your login mapped to the network drive is probably causing this.

The easiest way to override this it with an alias that makes vim pick a specific viminfo file.

vim -i _viminfo

However, if you choose C:\ as the path for your viminfo file on a shared machine, the next person trying the same trick may pickup your viminfo file. So, it might be prudent to use,

vim -i _vim-yourname

Finally, to get this working on your machine, you can make a shortcut to vim that has the -i setting defined in it.

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if you are on windows, simplest thing to do is use setlocal, endlocal and set your home drive to something else in between.

for example, edit your C:\Windows\vim.bat

at top, add line

setlocal
REM then set your home drive to something local like C: or D
set HOMEDRIVE=D:

REM at bottom final line should be:
endlocal

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