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Folding in vim

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My general attitude towards IDEs and editors has been
extremely conservative, but today I decided to see what
this "folding" business was all about.

I see that vim (and gvim, which is what I actually use)
has this feature, and it is fairly nice, but at present it's
very manual --- and frankly it's hard for me to see the
point if I have to manually mark folds every time I start

I tried to load a couple of different scripts to
automatically fold Python code in vim, but none of them
seems to do a good job.

The obvious thing (to me) would be for functions and
classes to be folded at the top level, with each method
folded inside the class folds. But I can't seem to figure
out how to make that happen (other than manually,
I mean). Actually, I usually want to fold the comment
block at the top with the license disclaimer and module
documentation, too, but I can do that manually.

I've tried:
python_fold.vim by Jorrit Wiersma
AutoFold.vim by Dave Vehrs

Does anybody have a better suggestion (or perhaps can
tell me how to make one of these do what I'm wanting)?

I'm assuming that I can set these by using the
Tools -> Folding -> Fold Method -> Syntax
(or Expression for python_fold)

but it doesn't seem to work. python_fold seems to just
collapse methods (but not the whole classes they are in),
and I can't seem to make AutoFold do anything at all, so
I must be using it wrong.

Terry Hancock ( hancock at )
Anansi Spaceworks

Jul 19 '05 #1
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