```On Mon, 29 Jan 2001  22:16:32 +0900, Hugh Sasse Staff Elec Eng wrote:
[snip]
> > assuming vim 5.x and you have ruby.vim in ~/.vim
>
> vim 5.7 (gvim in fact) and my vim stuff lives in
> C:\Program Files\gvim57\vim\vim57

I'm terribly sorry. I was assuming a unix environment, too   :\

> > if you've put the cfg-files elsewhere, e.g. ~/lib/vim
> > in ~/.vimrc
>
> I don't seem to have a .vimrc (which is the Unix convention.
> I do have an _vimrc in directory:
> C:\Program Files\gvim57\vim
> though

is equivalent, however introducing the notion of a home directory on
windows and putting your customizations there would make sense. Vim
docs give \$HOME/_vimrc or \$VIM/_vimrc as the default for ./vimrc

> > 	let &runtimepath="~/lib/vim," . &runtimepath
>
> What files should reside there?  I have a thing called: vimrun.exe in
> C:\Program Files\gvim57\vim\vim57

It has filetypes, menus, syntax files etc. Type ':echo &runtimepath'
inside vim to see its current value. Vim docs say the PC default is
"\$HOME/vimfiles,\$VIM/vimfiles,\$VIMRUNTIME".

> > in ~/.vim/filetype
>
> I don't seem to have this file "filetype" anywhere, not even in
> C:\Program Files\gvim57\vim\vim57\syntax

Correct; the idea is to create it yourself to add new filetypes.
See ':help new-filetype'

[snip]
> I can see that stuff when the doc directory is installed at
>
> C:\Program Files\gvim57\vim\vim57\doc
>
> but nothing that looks relevant to my problem.
>
> > If you're using vim 6.0, put the ruby.vim syntax file in the
> > ~/.vim/syntax directory.
> It is here at the moment:
> C:\Program Files\gvim57\vim\vim57\syntax
>
> I tried moving it to:
> C:\Program Files\gvim57\vim\syntax
> before, but this didn't help.  Maybe I should move the current ./syntax/*.*
> to ./*.* to get it to work then?

There should normally be no need to change the standard layout. I'm
not familiar with the windows-platform however, maybe someone with