I am using Ubuntu 15.04.
I installed gVim using
sudo apt-get install vim-gnome. After installing, I played around with opening and editing files and changing the colorscheme to Solarized.
I then attempted to reset everything to the way it originally was by deleting
~/.vimrc and the entire
~/.vim directory. That successfully removed the Solarized colorscheme I had installed. However, after I did this, the program seemed to retain some strange state that I can't figure out how to change.
When I search for
gvim in Dash, the result that comes up is titled
foo.txt (~/test/directory/that/...was/playing/with) - GVIM instead of just
GVIM. If I run the gVim from that search, lock it to the Launcher, then close the program and hover over the locked icon, similar text is shown (
foo.txt (~/test/directory/that/i/was/playing/with) - GVIM), instead of just the program name.
While the program is running (after I start it by Dash search or locked icon), the title shown in the menu bar at the top of the screen is
foo.txt (~/test/directory/that/i/was/playing/with) - GVIM, but the title of the window itself is
bar.txt (~/test/directory/that/i/was/playing/with) - GVIM (where
bar.txt are two different files that I was previously editing in the same directory).
To try to solve this problem, I uninstalled gVim using
sudo apt-get remove --purge vim-gnome and
sudo apt-get autoremove, then reinstalled it the same way I originally installed it. The problem seemed to have disappeared at first, but after logging out of and then back into my account, everything appeared to be exactly the way it was before I reinstalled gVim.
One of the tiny details that I found irritating about gVim was that the icon displayed in the Alt-Tab menu is horribly low-resolution. Strangely, immediately after I reinstalled it, the icon shown in the Alt-Tab menu looked nice and high-resolution. After logging out of and back into my account, though, it had returned to its previous low-resolution self.
ls -a in my home directory, I noticed a file called
.viminfo which contained the text
test/directory/that/i/was/playing/with/bar.txt, so I thought that that file might be the source of my problems. I tried deleting the file in multiple different ways and restarting gVim, but every time I did so, it reappeared with the exact same contents.
I can't find any information about this problem. Does anyone know how to remove those filenames that seem to have baked themselves into the program and restore the Alt-Tab icon to its proper resolution?
Update: As suggested by muru, I tried adding a
~/.gvimrc file with the text
set notitle. This didn't affect my main problem, which is that the name of a recently edited file seems to have elevated itself to the status of the gVim program name. I also tried deleting
/etc/vim (and then putting it back when that didn't work). I don't understand how this could happen, but I'm guessing that it's not something that can be fixed by just editing some text file contents; I don't see how such an edit could change the displayed name of the program itself. Am I incorrect in that assumption?