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Vim::Helper - Extended tools to assist working with perl in vim.


Vim::Helper is a framework intended to integrate with vim to make working with perl easier. It is a collection of plugins controlled by a config file that is written in perl. The framework provides a command line tool intended to be interfaced by vim.

Every plugin provides its own options and arguments, as well as help and vimrc generation. Once your config file is complete you can have the tool generate vimrc content that you can pase into your existing vimrc.


The module is 'use'd in your config file, aside from that you do not generally interact directly with the module.


See examples/* in the distribution for more.


    # use Vim::Helper with a list of plugins (Vim::Helper::[PLUGIN])
    use Vim::Helper qw/

    # Each plugin is given a configuration function which is the plugin name,
    # '::' is replaced with '_' for plugins with deeper paths.
    # Each plugin config function takes a hashref of options. Options are plugin
    # specific.

    Test {
        from_mod => sub {
            my ( $filename, $modname, @modparts ) = @_;
            return 't/' . join( "-" => @modparts ) . ".t";
        from_test => sub {
            my ( $filename, $modname, @modparts ) = @_;
            $filename =~ s{^t/}{};
            $filename =~ s{^.*/t/}{};
            $filename =~ s{\.t$}{};
            my ( @parts ) = split '-', $filename;
            return join( '/' => @parts ) . '.pm';

    TidyFilter {
        save_rc => '~/.config/perltidysaverc',
        load_rc => '~/.config/perltidyloadrc',

    LoadMod {
        search => [ "./lib", @INC ],


    $ scripts/vimph vimrc

The above command will output content that can be inserted directly into a .vimrc file.


There are several plugins included with the Vim::Helper distribution. Additional plugins are easy to write.



Vim::Helper::Fennec - For use with Fennec based test suites.


Vim::Helper::LoadMod - Used to load the perl module that the cursor is sitting on. Move the cursor over the module name ... My::Module ... and hit the configured key, the module will be found and opened.


Vim::Helper::Test - Used to interact with tests. PRovides keys for automatically finding and opening test files when you are in modules, and vice-versa.


Vim::Helper::TidyFilter - Used to run perltidy on your files automatically when you open, save, or close them. You can use seperate tidy configs for loading/saving.

A good use of this is if you are sane and prefer space for indentation, but your team requires tabs be used. You can edit in your style, and save to the teams style.


Loaded automatically, no config options.

Vim::Helper::VimRC - Used to generate the vimrc content.


Loaded automatically, no config options.

Vim::Helper::Help - Used to generate help output.


See Vim::Helper::Plugin for more details.


In your configuration file you will automatically be given an instance of Vim::Helper accessable via the VH_META function/method. The configuration functions provided to you act upon this meta object. Ths object also stores all loaded plugins.


$obj = Vim::Helper->new()

Create a new instance (You should never need to use this directly)

$cli_obj = $obj->cli()

Get the Declare::CLI object used to manage options and arguments.

$plugins = $obj->plugins()

Get the hashref of all the plugins.

$plugin = $obj->plugin( $plugin_name )

Get the instance of a specific plugin.

$command = $obj->command( $opts )

Reconstruct the command called to launch the program, including config file if it was specified. No other options are reconstructed.

( $content, $file ) = $obj->read_config( $opts )

Get the content of the config file, also returns the filename that was read.

$result = $obj->run( @cli )

Run with the command line arguments specified in @cli. (Example: @ARGV)


Chad Granum exodist7@gmail.com


Copyright (C) 2012 Chad Granum

Vim-Helper is free software; Standard perl licence.

Vim-Helper is distributed in the hope that it will be useful, but WITHOUT ANY WARRANTY; without even the implied warranty of MERCHANTABILITY or FITNESS FOR A PARTICULAR PURPOSE. See the license for more details.