The latest Vim release is awesome!

I compiled it with --enable-luainterp=yes and it does have the Lua feature:

% gvim --version | egrep '\+lua'
+linebreak +lispindent +listcmds +localmap +lua +menu +mksession +modify_fname 

But how do I actually use it? Up until now, I was always using Vim script for my files, but how do I let it interpret Lua? And what are the bindings that I can use from inside Lua?

  • I'm assuming you mean vim 7.3?
    – Gert
    Aug 31, 2010 at 6:24
  • Of course, silly me...
    – polemon
    Aug 31, 2010 at 12:12

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So Vim 7.3 is new enough that there isn't much information about the Lua integration. However, vim has had similar support for python, ruby, perl, and tcl. So:

Simple tutorial for python

Another python guide

As well as example tutorials for the other languages, you should definitely read the vim help for Lua, do

 :h lua

to see comprehensive help and some examples. Have fun!

  • Yup, there's not much info about Lua scripting out there, but I can transfer from the Python guides.
    – polemon
    Aug 31, 2010 at 12:15

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