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vim (33) Versions 2.1.1

Installs vim and optional extra packages.

cookbook 'vim', '= 2.1.1', :supermarket
cookbook 'vim', '= 2.1.1'
knife supermarket install vim
knife supermarket download vim
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vim Cookbook

Build Status Cookbook Version

Installs or compiles/installs vim.



  • Ubuntu/Debian (source installs on Ubuntu 16.04 fail due to a vim bug)
  • RHEL/CentOS/Scientific/Amazon/Oracle
  • Fedora
  • openSUSE / SUSE Linux Enterprises


  • Chef 12.1+


  • none


Default recipe attributes

  • node['vim']['extra_packages'] - An array of extra packages related to vim to install (like plugins). Empty array by default.

  • node['vim']['install_method'] - Sets the install method, choose from the various install recipes. This attribute is set to 'package' by default.

Source recipe attributes

  • node['vim']['source']['version'] - The version of vim to compile, 7.4 by default.
  • node['vim']['source']['checksum'] - The source file checksum.
  • node['vim']['source']['dependencies'] - These are the non rhl specific devel dependencies for compiling vim.
  • node['vim']['source']['centos_dependencies'] - These are the rhl and centos specific dependencies needed for compiling vim.
  • node['vim']['source']['prefix'] - This is the path the vim bin will be placed, it's /usr/local
  • node['vim']['source']['configuration'] - If you prefer to compile vim differently than the default you can override this configuration.


Add recipe[vim] to your run list or include the default recipe with include_recipe 'vim' in a recipe that is in your run list.

This uses the value of the attribute node['vim']['install_method'] which by default is package.

If you would like to install additional vim plugin packages, include their package names in the node['vim']['extra_packages'] attribute. Verify that your operating sytem has the package available.

If you would rather compile vim from source, as the case may be for centos nodes, then override the node['vim']['install_method'] with a value of 'source'.

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vim Cookbook CHANGELOG

This file is used to list changes made in each version of the vim cookbook.

2.1.1 - 2021-05-28

  • Fix builds

2.1.0 (2020-01-10)

  • Remove chef 11 compat in metadata - @tas50
  • Add support for SLES / opensuse for source installs - @tas50
  • Resolve Cookstyle 5.8 warnings - @tas50
  • Require Chef 12.15+ - @tas50
  • Remove RHEL 5 support for source installs - @tas50
  • Add Amazon Linux support for source installs - @tas50
  • Update to vim 8.2 for source installs - @tas50
  • Fix source installs on RHEL 8 - @tas50

2.0.2 (2016-08-30)

  • Add IBM zLinux to metadata
  • Use kitchen-dokken in Travis CI and test on more Platforms
  • Update specs with new platforms
  • Remove Chef 11 compatibility
  • Add chef_version to metadata

v2.0.1 (2016-02-22)

  • add missing bzip2 package to fix source recipe.

v2.0.0 (2015-10-01)

  • Use multi-package installs introduced in Chef 12.1 to simplify code and speed up installs
  • Add Fedora source install support
  • Fix CentOS source install support and ensure vim compiles correctly on CentOS 5/6/7
  • Fix the tarball checksum to be the actual SHA256 checksum
  • Enable lua, perl, tcl support in the source install and add the necessary development packages for that support
  • Use the correct ctags package on Debian/Ubuntu systems to prevent errors or warnings
  • Improve how the code compilation runs in source installs so that a failed run doesn't prevent subsequent Chef runs or introduce a state where vim is never compiled
  • Add basic Serverspec test for source installs to ensure that vim runs
  • Fixed the error message is a bad install_method attribute is given to describe the actual problema and vim cookbook

v1.1.4 (2015-09-21)

  • Converted value_for_platform to value_for_platform_family in order to support all RHEL and Debian derivitives
  • Added a Kitchen CI config for integration testing
  • Updated Travis to test on the latest ruby versions and to perform Chefspec tests
  • Updated Berkfile to 3.X format
  • Added Chefspec tests to get coverage to 100%
  • Added an expanded .gitignore and a chefignore file to limit the files uploaded to the chef-server
  • Added a Rakefile for simplified testing
  • Resolved rubocop warnings
  • Added Oracle Linux and Amazon Linux to the metadata file
  • Updated development dependencies
  • Updated Kitchen config to work with the latest in Chef DK

v1.1.2 (2013-12-30)

  • Fixed Ubuntu package installer bug. Adding specs.



  • COOK-2465 - Add a compile and settings optional recipe.

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