I downloaded a file that would help me customize my vim editor here in the section on "Customizing Vim". I now have the file in /home/double_toned as vimrc. Now when I type vim in the command line, I do not get any output of customization. Why is this? What else do I need to do?

Also, how can I open a random txt file on vim editor using the above customization in vim?

Output of vim --version

VIM - Vi IMproved 8.0 (2016 Sep 12, compiled Jun 06 2019 17:31:41)
Included patches: 1-1453
  • Can you please add the output of vim --version to your question? Apr 19, 2020 at 7:49
  • @SimonSudler , I have added the output of vim --version. Apr 19, 2020 at 8:35
  • okay. Can you also add the lines of our $HOME/.vimrc that are not working? Apr 19, 2020 at 10:15
  • @SimonSudler I found that vim ~/.vimrc will run the text file that customizes vim. Indeed, this file has the required customization but this does not help me, how do I open the other files that I have on vim with customization? Right now, if I use vim [code file] I do not get any error but the code file is opened in vim without customization. Apr 19, 2020 at 10:19
  • Vim will always load the ~/.vimrc file. So I assume, that there is some bug in your configuration file.Usually Vim complaints about syntax errors in the .vimrc. Die you see any error messages (in vim enter :messages) Apr 19, 2020 at 10:27

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open vim editor by typing vim in the terminal Once in vim, type :so <name of file with customization> In my case, the file was named vimrc so, my input was :so vimrc and you get all the customization in the vim file you are in.

Note: Got this info from this video

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