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Installing MacVIM With Split Browser Support Using Homebrew

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I’m a old-school coder and my first editor was vi on a old terminal hooked to some big-iron unix box. I never recovered – thus I’m still using a modal editor – MacVIM.

MacVIM is a Vim port for OSX with quite some extensions like multiple windows, editor tabs, nice font rendering etc.

There’s also a experimental branch which adds a file-browser side pane, which is implemented in Objective-C and thus very fast.

MacVIM split browser

Keeping up-to-date with this branch is tedious – cloning, pulling in new sources, compiling …

Today I accidentally found the homebrew recipe from Joel Cogen – and in his read-me a feature of homebrew which was new to me – brew tap <<github repo name>>.

So you do a:

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$ brew tap joelcogen/macvimsplitbrowser
Cloning into '/usr/local/Library/Taps/joelcogen-macvimsplitbrowser'...
remote: Counting objects: 7, done.
remote: Compressing objects: 100% (6/6), done.
remote: Total 7 (delta 1), reused 7 (delta 1)
Unpacking objects: 100% (7/7), done.
Tapped 1 formula

And homebrew will happily clone the repository specified to /usr/local/Library/Taps. This means that I’m now able to install MacVIM with split browser support using homebrew:

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$ brew install macvim-split-browser
==> Downloading https://github.com/alloy/macvim/tarball/1167a32988202c3c81842371ecf9f80fe4854172
######################################################################## 100,0%
==> ./configure --with-features=huge --with-tlib=ncurses --enable-multibyte --with-macarchs=x86_64 --e
==> cd src/MacVim/icons && make getenvy
==> make
==> Caveats
This formula will most probably conflict with the macvim formula.
If you already installed MacVim from Homebrew, please remove it using:
    brew uninstall macvim

MacVim.app installed to:
  /usr/local/Cellar/macvim-split-browser/20120109

To link the application to a normal Mac OS X location:
    brew linkapps
or:
    ln -s /usr/local/Cellar/macvim-split-browser/20120109/MacVim.app /Applications
==> Summary
/usr/local/Cellar/macvim-split-browser/20120109: 1730 files, 26M, built in 48 seconds

Installing links in ~/Applications is done as usual:

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osx/macvim [ brew linkapps                                                   split-browser ] 12:25 pm
Linking /usr/local/Cellar/macvim-split-browser/20120109/MacVim.app
Finished linking. Find the links under ~/Applications.

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