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The official Vim distribution—since at least Vim 6.4—comes with a compiler script so you can type :compiler perl

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created 2003 · complexity basic · author Chris Forkin · version 5.7

At one stage I was writing a lot of perl scripts/modules with Vim and found it useful to be able to run the perl syntax-checker (perl -c) from within Vim via the :make command. To be able to do this you'll need to add the following Module ( to your @INC.

#!/usr/bin/perl -w
#$Id:,v 1.2 2002/02/16 01:07:03 forkin Exp $
# reformat "perl -c" syntax-check error-/warning-messages for Vim

package VimCompile;
use strict;

sub _die {
  my ($msg)=@_;
  $msg=~s/^((.* at )((.*) line )([0-9]+)(\.|, near .*))$/$4:$5: $1/mg;
  die qq/$msg/;

sub _warn {
  my ($msg)=@_;
  $msg=~s/^((.* at )((.*) line )([0-9]+)(\.|, near .*))$/$4:$5: $1/mg;
  warn qq/$msg/;

# return OK


This Module will reformat the warnings/errors so that Vim can parse them (to allow you to jump to the location/source-code of the error). You will also need to deposit the following (perl.vim) in your ~/.vim/runtime/compiler directory.

" Vim compiler file
" Compiler: perl (output of "die" massaged)
" Maintainer: Chris Forkin,

if exists("current_compiler")

let current_compiler = "perl"
" A workable errorformat for "perl -c"
setlocal errorformat=%f:%l:\ %m
" default make
setlocal makeprg=perl\ -MVimCompile\ -c\ %


:help errorformat-Perl

or have a look at $VIMRUNTIME/tools/ to use quickfix mode with perl scripts.

!perl -Wc %

Actually disregard my perl -Wc comment I realise yours does more then simple compiler checks.