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Vim 7.4a ready for beta testing

Bram Moolenaar

Hello Vim users,


Announcing:  Vim (Vi IMproved) version 7.4a BETA


This is the first BETA release of Vim 7.4.

Please check that the distribution is OK.  I haven't done one for a long
time.  Report anything that isn't right.  That includes a crash but also
a typo in the documentation or a missing file.


The biggest additions since 7.3:
- A new, faster regular expression engine.
- More than a thousand fixes and small improvements.

Once you have installed Vim 7.4a BETA you can find details about the
changes since Vim 7.3 with:
        :help version-7.4


Gratitude
---------

If you like Vim, please consider helping poor children in the south of
Uganda: http://iccf-holland.org


Where to get it
---------------

The best way to obtain the latest Vim 7.4 is using Mercurial.
Summary:
        hg clone https://vim.googlecode.com/hg/ vim
        cd vim
        hg update
More information here: http://www.vim.org/mercurial.php
The tag for this beta version is v7-4a.

For MS-Windows most of you will want the self-installing executable:
        ftp://ftp.vim.org/pub/vim/unstable/pc/gvim74a.exe

Information about which files to download for what system (don't use the
links, they are still for Vim 7.3):
        http://www.vim.org/download.php

A list of mirror sites can be found here:
        http://www.vim.org/mirrors.php


The files available for download:

UNIX:
sources + runtime files, bzip2 compressed:
        ftp://ftp.vim.org/pub/vim/unstable/unix/vim-7.4a.tar.bz2

VARIOUS:
help files converted to HTML:
        ftp://ftp.vim.org/pub/vim/unstable/doc/vim74ahtml.zip

MS-WINDOWS one-size-fits-all:
Self-installing, includes all runtime files, loads libraries dynamically:
        ftp://ftp.vim.org/pub/vim/unstable/pc/gvim74a.exe

MS-WINDOWS separate files:
Runtime files:
        ftp://ftp.vim.org/pub/vim/unstable/pc/vim74art.zip
GUI binary for Windows 95/98/NT/2000/XP/7:
        ftp://ftp.vim.org/pub/vim/unstable/pc/gvim74a.zip
GUI binary with OLE support:
        ftp://ftp.vim.org/pub/vim/unstable/pc/gvim74aole.zip
Console version for Windows NT/2000/XP/7:
        ftp://ftp.vim.org/pub/vim/unstable/pc/vim74aw32.zip
Sources for PC (with CR-LF):
        ftp://ftp.vim.org/pub/vim/unstable/pc/vim74asrc.zip

For debugging:
ftp://ftp.vim.org/pub/vim/unstable/pc/gvim74a.pdb
ftp://ftp.vim.org/pub/vim/unstable/pc/gvim74aole.pdb
ftp://ftp.vim.org/pub/vim/unstable/pc/vim74aw32.pdb


Omitted in this version are:
- The 16-bit DOS, OS/2 and Amiga versions, these are obsolete.
- The 32-bit console version for MS-DOS/Windows 95/98
- The 16 bit MS-Windows version


Mailing lists
-------------

For user questions you can turn to the Vim mailing list.  There are a
lot of tips, scripts and solutions.  You can ask your Vim questions, but
only if you subscribe.  See http://www.vim.org/maillist.php#vim

If you want to help Vim development, discuss new features or get the
latest patches, subscribe to the vim-dev mailing list.  See
http://www.vim.org/maillist.php#vim-dev

Subject specific lists:
Multi-byte issues: http://www.vim.org/maillist.php#vim-multibyte
Macintosh issues:  http://www.vim.org/maillist.php#vim-mac

Before you ask a question you should search the archives, someone may
already have given the answer.


Reporting bugs
--------------

Send them to <[hidden email]>.  Please describe the problem precisely.
All the time spent on answering mail is subtracted from the time that is
spent on improving Vim!  Always give a reproducible example and try to
find out which settings or other things influence the appearance of the
bug.  Try starting without your own vimrc file: "vim -u NONE".  Try
different machines if possible.  See ":help bugs" in Vim.  Send a patch
if you can!


Happy Vimming!


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Re: Vim 7.4a ready for beta testing

Nikolay Aleksandrovich Pavlov
diff -r 1205c07d8df2 runtime/doc/version7.txt
--- a/runtime/doc/version7.txt Сб. июля 13 16:57:24 2013 +0400
+++ b/runtime/doc/version7.txt Сб. июля 13 21:20:00 2013 +0400
@@ -70,6 +70,7 @@ Fixed |fixed-7.3|
 
 VERSION 7.4 |version-7.4|
 New regexp engine |new-regexp-engine|
+Better vim ↔ python interface |new-python-interfac|
 Changed |changed-7.4|
 Added |added-7.4|
 Fixed |fixed-7.4|
@@ -10182,16 +10183,168 @@ is now working fine.  Previously Vim cou
 
 More information here: |two-engines|
 
+Better vim ↔ python interface *new-python-interface*
+-----------------------------
+
+Added |python-bindeval| function. Unlike |python-eval| this one returns
+  |python-Dictionary|, |python-List| and |python-Function| objects for
+  dictionaries lists and functions respectively in place of their python
+  built-in equivalents (or None if we are talking about function references).
+For simple types this function returns python built-in types and not only
+  python `str()` like |python-eval| does. On python 3 it will return `bytes()`
+  objects in place of `str()` ones avoiding possibility of UnicodeDecodeError.
+Interface of new objects mimics standard python `dict()` and `list()`
+  interfaces to some extent. Extent will be improved in the future.
+
+Added special |python-vars| objects also available for |python-buffer| and
+|python-window|. They ease access to VimL variables from python.
+
+Now you no longer need to alter `sys.path` to import your module: special
+hooks are responsible for importing from {rtp}/python2, {rtp}/python3 and
+{rtp}/pythonx directories (for python 2, python 3 and both respectively).
+See |python-special-path|.
+
+Added possibility to work with |tabpage|s through |python-tabpage| object.
+
+Added automatic conversion of vim errors and exceptions to python
+exceptions.
+
+Changed the behavior of |python-buffers| object: it now uses buffer numbers
+as keys in place of the index of the buffer in the internal buffer list.
+This should not break anything as the only way to get this index was
+iterating over |python-buffers|.
+
+Added |:pydo| and |:py3do| commands.
+
+Added |pyeval()| and |py3eval()| functions.
+
+Now in all places which previously accepted `str()` objects in both python
+version both `str()` and `unicode()` (python 2) or `bytes()` and `str()`
+(python 3) are accepted.
+
+|python-window| has gained `.col` and `.row` attributes that are currently
+the only way to get internal window positions.
+
+Added or fixed support for `dir()` in vim python objects.
+
+Old python versions (≤2.2) are no longer supported. Building with them did
+not work anyway.
 
 Changed *changed-7.4*
 -------
 
-Todo.
-
+Functions:
+ Added ability to use |Dictionary-function|s for |sort()|ing, via
+ optional third argument. (Nikolay Pavlov)
+
+ Added special |expand()| argument that expands to the current line
+ number.
+
+ Made it possible to force |char2nr()| always give unicode codepoints
+ regardless of current encoding. (Yasuhiro Matsumoto)
+
+ Made it possible for functions generating file list generate |List|
+ and not NL-separated string. (e.g. |glob()|, |expand()|) (Christian
+ Brabandt)
+
+ Functions that obtain variables from the specific window, tabpage or
+ buffer scope dictionary can now return specified default value in
+ place of empty string in case variable is not found. (|gettabvar()|,
+ |getwinvar()|, |getbufvar()|) (Shougo Matsushita, Hirohito Higashi)
+
+Options:
+ Added ability to automatically save selection into the system
+ clipboard when using non-GUI version of vim (autoselectplus in
+ 'clipboard'). Also added ability to use system clipboard as default
+ register (previously only primary selection could be used). (Ivan
+ Krasilnikov, Christian Brabandt, Bram Moolenaar)
+
+ Added special 'shiftwidth' value that makes 'sw' follow 'tabstop'. As
+ indenting via 'indentexpr' became tricky |shiftwidth()| function was
+ added. Also added equivalent special value to 'softtabstop' option.
+ (Christian Brabandt, so8res)
+
+ Added ability to delete comment leader when using |J| by `j` flag in
+ 'formatoptions' (|fo-table|). (Lech Lorens)
+
+ Added ability to control indentation inside namespaces: |cino-N|.
+ (Konstantin Lepa)
+
+ Added ability to control alignment inside `if` condition separately
+ from alignment inside function arguments: |cino-k|. (Lech Lorens)
+
+ Added ability to show absolute number in number column when
+ 'relativenumber' option is on. (Christian Brabandt)
+
+Comands:
+ Made it possible to remove all signs from the current buffer using
+ |:sign-unplace|. (Christian Brabandt)
+
+ Added |:language| autocompletion. (Dominique Pelle)
+
+ |:diffoff| now saves the local values of some settings and restores
+ them in place of blindly resetting them to the defaults. (Christian
+ Brabandt)
+
+ Added |:map-nowait| creating mapping which when having lhs that is the
+ prefix of another mapping’s lhs will not allow vim to wait for user to
+ type more characters to resolve ambiguity, forcing vim to take the
+ shorter alternative: one with <nowait>.
+
+ Added more |:command-complete| completion types: |:behave| suboptions,
+ color schemes, compilers, |:cscope| suboptions, files from 'path',
+ |:history| suboptions, locale names, |:syntime| suboptions, user
+ names. (Dominique Pelle)
+
+Other:
+ Improved support for cmd.exe. (Ben Fritz, Bram Moolenaar)
+
+ Added |v:windowid| variable containing current window number in GUI
+ vim. (Christian J. Robinson, Lech Lorens)
+
+ Lua interface now also uses userdata binded to vim structures. (Taro
+ Muraoka, Luis Carvalho)
+
+ Added rxvt-unicode and >xterm-277 mouse support. (Yiding Jia, Hayaki
+ Saito)
 
 Added *added-7.4*
 -----
 
+Added support for |Lists| and |Dictionaries| in |viminfo|. (Christian
+Brabandt)
+
+Functions:
+ Bitwise functions: |and()|, |or()|, |invert()|, |xor()|.
+
+ Added |luaeval()| function. (Taro Muraoka, Luis Carvalho)
+
+ Added |sha256()| function. (Tyru, Hirohito Higashi)
+
+ Added |wildmenumode()| function. (Christian Brabandt)
+
+ Debugging functions: |screenattr()|, |screenchar()|, |screencol()|,
+ |screenrow()|. (Simon Ruderich, Bram Moolenaar)
+
+Autocommands:
+ Added |InsertCharPre| event launched before inserting character.
+ (Jakson A. Aquino)
+
+ Added |CompleteDone| event launched after finishing completion in
+ insert mode. (idea by Florian Klein)
+
+ Added |QuitPre| event launched when commands that can either close vim
+ or only some window(s) are launched.
+
+ Added |TextChanged| and |TextChangedI| events launched when text is
+ changed.
+
+Commands:
+ |:syntime| command useful for debugging.
+
+Options:
+ Made it possible to ignore case when completing: 'wildignorecase'.
+
 Various syntax, indent and other plugins were added.
 
 

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