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Vim 7.4b ready for beta testing

Bram Moolenaar

Hello Vim users,


Announcing:  Vim (Vi IMproved) version 7.4b BETA


This is the second BETA release of Vim 7.4.

A number of problems have been fixed since 7.4a.  If no big problems are
reported then I will release 7.4 soon.  Please 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 7.4b 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 v7-4b-000.

For MS-Windows most of you will want the self-installing executable:
        ftp://ftp.vim.org/pub/vim/unstable/pc/gvim74b.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-7.4b.tar.bz2

VARIOUS:
help files converted to HTML:
        ftp://ftp.vim.org/pub/vim/unstable/doc/vim74bhtml.zip

MS-WINDOWS one-size-fits-all:
Self-installing, includes all runtime files, loads libraries dynamically:
        ftp://ftp.vim.org/pub/vim/unstable/pc/gvim74b.exe

MS-WINDOWS separate files:
Runtime files:
        ftp://ftp.vim.org/pub/vim/unstable/pc/vim74brt.zip
GUI binary for Windows 95/98/NT/2000/XP/7:
        ftp://ftp.vim.org/pub/vim/unstable/pc/gvim74b.zip
GUI binary with OLE support:
        ftp://ftp.vim.org/pub/vim/unstable/pc/gvim74bole.zip
Console version for Windows NT/2000/XP/7:
        ftp://ftp.vim.org/pub/vim/unstable/pc/vim74bw32.zip
Sources for PC (with CR-LF):
        ftp://ftp.vim.org/pub/vim/unstable/pc/vim74bsrc.zip

For debugging:
ftp://ftp.vim.org/pub/vim/unstable/pc/gvim74b.pdb
ftp://ftp.vim.org/pub/vim/unstable/pc/gvim74bole.pdb
ftp://ftp.vim.org/pub/vim/unstable/pc/vim74bw32.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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