The plugin is lazily-loaded, meaning that it is not fully loaded until some method or field is accessed for the first time. This is done to avoid cyclical dependencies as well as reduce the initial startup time of neovim when leveraging distant.
Beyond lazily loading, the plugin also needs to be properly initialized, which involves standing up autocommands and vim commands alongside preparing to use a manager for connections. To configure the plugin, you need to call the setup command:
Normally you would do this as part of your neovim configuration. There is no harm in calling this method more than once, but only the first invocation will actually perform all initialization procedures.
You can check for the plugin being initialized (calling
setup) by invoking
assert(plugin:is_initialized(), 'Distant plugin not initialized')
Checkout the setup documentation for more information about configuring the plugin.