I have the usual
filetype plugin indent on and
syntax on commands in my
.vimrc and can verify that filetype is correctly recognised. But no syntax highlighting. What can I do? This worked out of the box in Ubuntu.
It turns out I had some stuff in my
.vimrc which did not belong there (copied it from OSX where I use iTerm).
Specifically, this was the problem
" Solarized colorscheme if !has('gui_running') let g:solarized_termcolors=256 endif set background=dark colorscheme solarized hi Visual ctermbg=105 hi MatchParen cterm=bold ctermbg=125 ctermfg=0 hi Normal ctermfg=253
I did not investigate which part exactly, but I did not even have the solarized colorscheme installed, so that might be it.
Syntax highlighting does not appear to be enabled in the default build of VIM included with Elementary OS Freya, see below
VIM - Vi IMproved 7.4 (2013 Aug 10, compiled Jan 2 2014 19:39:02)
Included patches: 1-52
Modified by email@example.com
Compiled by buildd@
Small version without GUI. Features included (+) or not (-):
+acl -farsi -mouse_sgr -tag_old_static
-ex_extra -mouse_jsbterm -syntax