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Vim 7.4x ready for beta testing

Bram Moolenaar

Hello Vim users,

Announcing:  Vim (Vi IMproved) version 7.4x BETA

This is the first BETA release for Vim 8

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.

Once you have installed Vim 7.4x BETA you can find details about the
changes since Vim 7.4 with:
        :help version8

Note that the reported version is 7.4.2287.


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 is using Git.  Summary:
        git clone https://github.com/vim/vim.git
More information here: http://www.vim.org/git.php

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 7.4):

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 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

Subject specific lists:
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.

Alternatively, create an issue at github and/or a pull request.
Please try to write a test that reproduces the problem and will pass
once it is fixed. See https://github.com/vim/vim

Happy Vimming!

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

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