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Git for Windows, Curl, Gist.vim With Vundle (2)

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I had been using pathogen.vim to manage plugin. When it comes to keeping the plugins up-to-date, I used a for-loop.


I would like to change it to Vundle since I didn’t know how to update the helptags after merging the commits from GitHub. Therefore, I followed the installation guide of Vundle. However, when I started updating, I got the following error.

Processing 'tpope/vim-fugitive'
Error detected while processing function vundle#installer#new..<SNR>96_process..
line    1:
E484: Can't open file C:/Temp/PortableApps/gVimPortable/Data/Temp/VIo985B.tmp
Error detected while processing function vundle#installer#new..<SNR>96_process..
-- More -- SPACE/d/j: screen/page/line down, b/u/k: up, q: quit

How can I get the Vim plugin updates?


Google didn’t help this time. Not knowing what to do, I ran a simple command ls, and this failed.

C:\Program Files\Git\usr\bin\bash -c "ls"
'C:\Program' is not recognized as an internal or external command,
operable program or batch file.
shell returned 1
Hit any key to close this window...

From the above output, one knows that the cause of this unexpected failure is the whitespace character in the path of Git Bash. As a result, I searched “vim ‘C:\Program’ is not recognized as an internal or external” in Google. Then I realised that it was a bug in Vim. Since I didn’t want to spend time setting up GVim again, I stick to GVim Portable, whose runpath is different from what many developers of Vim plugins, who use *nix, expect.


Invoke GVim from Command Prompt,Start Menu or desktop icon instead of Git Bash because the shell option will then be cmd.exe, whose path contains no spaces. Then everything should be fine, except the line breaks.


Some developers include a .gitignore file in their Vim plugins to ignore files like docs/tags, while some don’t. IMHO, it’s better to have one.

One good point of free software is that users can interact with developers to report and discuss the problems, or even share their code to improve the software, for example, vim-octopress pull request #11.