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I downloaded color sample pack from

it says i should unzip and place it into ~/.vim but where is this folder? I tried unzip it to my usr/share/.vim folder but it is not working, I don't see themes added to gvim Edit>color scheme menu, and i tried "colorscheme sometheme", "color sometheme" in my gvimrc. Both not working for new themes

Isn't the ~/.vim should be the .vim folder in use/share? or I should create a new folder under home?

Note:there is a folder vim73 in my .vim, I guess this doesn't affect anything

thanks for any help!

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~ always is your home folder (/Users/rororo for instance). If ~/.vim exists, that's where you'll find it. Unless you've used vim before, the folder likely will not already exist, so to create the folder, open and type

cd ~
mkdir .vim

Assuming you downloaded to your Downloads folder you can then proceed with

cd .vim
unzip ~/Downloads/

to unpack the content into the folder. A restart of gvim may be required afterwards.

On second thought, the same result can be accomplished by just opening and executing

unzip ~/Downloads/ -d ~/.vim
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cd ~ can be shortened to cd and is not usually necessary after just opening a Terminal. – Daniel Beck Feb 11 '12 at 9:43
I would strongly suggest to actually do cd to be sure to be in the right place. For instance the terminal on Lion just remembers the last location when opening ... – Matteo Feb 11 '12 at 9:55
When the folder exists, you can also navigate to it in the Finder using Go -> Go to Folder... – jackrabbit Feb 11 '12 at 12:05

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