I am a vim user. The thing I like about vim is it’s speed, how universal it is, and it’s customizations. These customizations can come in the form of plugins, syntax files, compilers, and code completion utilities; all of which are scripts. Scripts can be a single file like MiniBufExplorer or can encompass multple files like vjde.
Single file scripts are fairly easy to manage. If you notice a new version of your script is released, then simply replace your file with the new version. Likewise, it’s very easy to remove the script if you want to just try it out. However, scripts spanning multiple files are much harder to manage. For one, the script’s files get merged in with all of your other script files.
What Are Vimballs?
Vimballs are essential vim script installers. Each vimball contains all of the files that are needed for the script to work. Not only that, but it also has a hook for you to easily uninstall the script as well.
Tail Bundle is a script that mimics
tail -f for vim. The downloadable artifact is a vba file. That file is the vimball. To actually install the file:
So what that all means is that you’re opening the vimball in vim. From there, you’re executing the instructions that are in the file. Lastly, you’re just quitting. You see, a vimball is a vim script in of itself. So executing it writes everything out to where it’s supposed to go.
While the tail bundle makes use of the vimball, not every script does. Luckily, it’s easy to make vimballs out of most script downloads.