I have installed gvim on my Ubuntu 12.04 operating system.How to install the LaTeX plugin for gvim?I have TeXlive installed.

I used the following link to follow to the instructions: http://vim-latex.sourceforge.net/index.php?subject=download&title=Download

I have .vim folder in my home folder but no .vimrc

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    The .vimrc file should be located on your $HOME folder, but if it's not, you can create it from scratch and gvim should use it by default. Commented Dec 11, 2013 at 13:16
  • Did you check to see whether Ubuntu has this packaged? I imagine it may well do. If so, install it using your package manager so that you automatically get updates etc.
    – cfr
    Commented Dec 12, 2013 at 1:50
  • Can you give some details about what the problem is that you are seeing after you follow the installation instructions. I am unclear what your question is.
    – verdammelt
    Commented Jan 11, 2014 at 18:08

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As 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 vimrc.


/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 /home/my_home/vimrc.

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,

i.e. /home/my_home/.vim/vimrc

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 ~/.vim.

For example:



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.

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