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Manage VIM via puppet.


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Version information

  • 1.0.1 (latest)
  • 1.0.0
released Oct 21st 2013

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Add this module to your Puppetfile:

mod 'diegolima-vim', '1.0.1'
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Add this module to your Bolt project:

bolt module add diegolima-vim
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Manually install this module globally with Puppet module tool:

puppet module install diegolima-vim --version 1.0.1

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diegolima/vim — version 1.0.1 Oct 21st 2013


Manage VIM via puppet.

Vim is an advanced text editor that seeks to provide the power of the de-facto Unix editor 'Vi', with a more complete feature set.

This module aims to enable easy installation and configuration of VIM through class parameters on different platforms, in a way that the administrator can easily set it up differently according to need and/or personal taste.


    class { 'vim': }

Class parameters

###* set_as_default

  • Accepted values: true or false
  • Default: true
  • Description: Set VIM as default editor.

###* ensure

  • Accepted values: present or absent
  • Default: present
  • Description: Whether or not VIM will be installed

###* autoupgrade

  • Accepted values: true or false
  • Default: false
  • Description: Whether or not the VIM package should be automatically kept up-to-date using the distribution's packaging system

###* set_editor_cmd

  • Accepted values: string
  • Default: update-alternatives --set editor /usr/bin/${editor_name} (Debian)
  • Description: The command used to set VIM as the default editor. Be careful if you're setting this parameter.

###* test_editor_set

  • Accepted values: string
  • Default: test /etc/alternatives/editor -ef /usr/bin/${editor_name} (Debian)
  • Description: Command used to verify that VIM is the default editor. Be careful if you're setting this parameter.

###* conf_file

  • Accepted values: string
  • Default: /etc/vim/vimrc (Debian), /etc/vimrc (RedHat)
  • Description: Path to VIM's main configuration file.

###* opt_bg_shading

  • Accepted values: dark or light
  • Default: dark
  • Description: Terminal background colour. This affects the colour scheme used by VIM to do syntax highlighting.

###* opt_powersave

  • Accepted values: true or false
  • Default: true
  • Description: If set to 'true' avoids cursor blinking that might wake up the processor.

###* opt_syntax

  • Accepted values: true or false
  • Default: true
  • Description: Turns on syntax highlighting if supported by the terminal.

###* opt_misc

  • Accepted values: array
  • Default: ['hlsearch','showcmd','showmatch','ignorecase','smartcase','incsearch','autowrite','hidden']
  • Description: Array containing options that will be set on VIM. Anything contained here will show as a "set option" line in your virc.

Sample Usage

Install VIM and use the provided configuration defaults

node default {
  class { 'vim': }

Turn on line numbering while keeping the default opt_misc values

node default {
  class { 'vim':
    opt_misc => ['hlsearch','showcmd','showmatch','ignorecase','smartcase','incsearch','autowrite','hidden','number'],

Uninstall vim

node default {
  class { 'vim':
    ensure => absent,


This module was forked from the one originally written by Saz ( It adds enterprise linux support and configuration file management, which were not present on the original at the time of the first release.