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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


If you like Vim, please consider helping poor children in the south of

Where to get it

The best way to obtain the latest Vim 7.4 is using Mercurial.
        hg clone vim
        cd vim
        hg update
More information here:
The tag for this beta version is v7-4a.

For MS-Windows most of you will want the self-installing executable:

Information about which files to download for what system (don't use the
links, they are still for Vim 7.3):

A list of mirror sites can be found here:

The files available for download:

sources + runtime files, bzip2 compressed:

help files converted to HTML:

MS-WINDOWS one-size-fits-all:
Self-installing, includes all runtime files, loads libraries dynamically:

MS-WINDOWS separate files:
Runtime files:
GUI binary for Windows 95/98/NT/2000/XP/7:
GUI binary with OLE support:
Console version for Windows NT/2000/XP/7:
Sources for PC (with CR-LF):

For debugging:

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

If you want to help Vim development, discuss new features or get the
latest patches, subscribe to the vim-dev mailing list.  See

Subject specific lists:
Multi-byte issues:
Macintosh issues:

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!

Q: What kind of stuff do you do?
A: I collect hobbies.

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