I’ve been using Vim as a
man pager for a long time and I love it! I used this guide by Zameer Manji for setting it up. However, the load times are anything but impressive when compared to the default
less pager. I use a considerable amount of simple plugins and autocommands, which can result in this problem. I use vim-plug for managing plugins, and it provides a way to load plugins based on file types. This improves the startup time quite a bit in the normal case (where I don’t load heavier plugins like YouCompleteMe).
Tip: If you’re planning to learn Vim, using it as a manpager is a very good idea. This will avoid the dip in productivity that comes with a text-editor switch, and at the same time, give a reasonable time for trying out various Vim commands
I noticed a way to make the load time of Vim faster for
man paging without manually blacklisting plugins. The vim option of
--noplugin ensures that no plugin gets loaded. Here are the results when measured with
--startuptime command line option:
By using the
--noplugin option , we still have access to key remaps from our VIMRC, yet keep the loading time fast. As opposed to
-u NONE where key remaps won’t be present.