gvim is just
vim “in gtk-window”, I will use
vim for convenience.
When you installed
vim via the packagemanager, it should have gotten its own directory under
/etc with (at least one) template
/etc is usually the place, where configuration-files are stored that apply to the whole system and will be used as fallback, when a user has not defined his own.
Your personalized configuration-file should reside below your homedirectory.
So, usually, it suffices to just have
It is always a good idea to copy the configuration-file from
/etc/vim and change that as needed.
If you so far used vim without a personalized vimrc, then it loaded the
/etc/vim/vimrc and you might notice a different behaviour when you start with an empty vimrc.
I would recommend to use the hidden directory for vim, in which you can store all vim-related configurations,
and plugins, such as the latex-suite.
As for the latex-plugin:
When decompressing the archive, you might only get the following directory:
But what you need, is to have that directories contents to be directly under
So, the plugin (and its documentation) expects a certain order in the directory-tree, without which, the plugin will not be able to function.
I encountered the same problem at first and finally found this solution.
I hope that this can still be of some help.