Nvim: Setup and basic msgpack control via python

The best thing about nvim is the ability to control it remotely.

Apparently, this'll mean applications and embed nvim as an editor and send it commands and receive the resulting text etc.

Let's first install nvim.

add-apt-repository ppa:neovim-ppa/unstable
apt-get update
apt-get install neovim

It uses--for perfectly good reasons I'm sure--XDG the .config directory for its configuration. So move your .vimrc file to ~.config/nvim/init.vim Or don't if you're only messing around: hello.

A useless aside: I really have no idea why we're using .config these days. Aren't all the directories prefixed with . for configuration? Anyway--as with all of life's great challenges--I guess I'll acclimatise.

Right, so now we've got vim up and running. We need to find the socket we need to connect to it. So run this in normal mode and copy the result. It'll likely be a file in /tmp/.


Now we've got that address let's control neovim from python. Let's install python, pip3 and the neovim python module:

apt-get install python3-pip
pip3 install neovim

Now we've got python3 (python2 works as well I hear, but let's live on the bleeding edge), we can attach to the instance and send a command to nvim. Run python3 and issue this load of commands:

>>> from neovim import attach
>>> nvim = attach('socket', path='WHATEVER THE ABOVE SOCKET NAME WAS')
>>> nvim.command('echo "yalright there eh"')

And--behold--neovim is bidding our every command. REJOICE!


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