Announcing: Vim (Vi IMproved) version 6.4
Author: Bram Moolenaar et al.
This is a bugfix release of Vim. Since Vim 6.3 dozens of reported
problems have been fixed. Also included are new and updated syntax
files, translated menus and messages.
There are no new features. This release is only fixing bugs.
A Beta version revealed a few problems, mostly in the creation of the
generated files. This has been fixed and tested again. I am confident
that the 6.4 release is the most stable Vim ever!
Once you have installed 6.4 you can find details about the changes since
Vim 6.3 with ":help version-6.4". There is a long list of fixed bugs.
What is next?
Vim 7! If I keep getting donations from sponsors and registered Vim
users I will be able to add several "big" features. One of the new
features is spell checking, it already works quite well. The list of
votes is an indication of other items that might get added in Vim 7:
What is Vim anyway?
Vim is an almost 100% compatible version of the UNIX editor Vi. Many
new features have been added: Multi level undo, syntax highlighting,
command line history, filename completion, block operations, etc. Those
who don't know Vi can probably skip this message, unless you are
prepared to learn something new and useful. Vim is especially
recommended for editing programs.
Vim runs on almost any Unix flavor, MS-DOS, MS-Windows 3.1, MS-Windows
95/98/ME/NT/2000/XP, OS/2, Atari MiNT, BeOS, VMS, RISC OS, Macintosh and
For more information, see http://www.vim.org. This is also a great
place to find Vim tips and scripts!
Where to get it
Information about which files to download for what system, obtaining Vim
through Aap, CVS, etc.:
unix/vim-6.4.tar.bz2 sources + runtime files, bzip2 compressed
The same in parts that fit on a floppy:
unix/vim-6.4-rt1.tar.gz runtime files part 1
unix/vim-6.4-rt2.tar.gz runtime files part 2
unix/vim-6.4-src1.tar.gz sources part 1
unix/vim-6.4-src2.tar.gz sources part 2
unix/vim-6.3-6.4.diff.gz diff between 6.3 and 6.4
extra/vim-6.4-extra.tar.gz extra files
extra/vim-6.4-lang.tar.gz multi-language files
extra/vim-6.3-6.4-extra.diff.gz diff for extra files
extra/vim-6.3-6.4-lang.diff.gz diff for multi-language files
doc/vim64html.zip help files converted to HTML
DIFFS between 6.4b and 6.4:
unstable/unix/vim-6.4b-6.4.diff.gz sources and runtime files
unstable/extra/vim-6.4b-6.4-extra.diff.gz extra files
unstable/extra/vim-6.4b-6.4-lang.diff.gz multi-language files
pc/gvim64.exe self-installing, includes all runtime files,
gvim.exe, vim.exe, etc.
pc/vim64rt.zip runtime files (use with one of the binaries)
pc/vim64lang.zip files for translated messages and menus
pc/gvim64.zip GUI binary for Windows 95/98/NT/2000/XP
pc/gvim64ole.zip GUI binary with OLE support
pc/gvim64_s.zip GUI binary for Windows 3.x with Win32s
pc/vim64d16.zip 16 bits real mode - works on any system
pc/vim64d32.zip 32 bits protected mode - needs 386 and DPMI
pc/vim64w32.zip console version for Windows NT/2000/XP
pc/vim64src.zip sources for PC (with CR-LF)
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. First search the archive, it is full of useful
If you want to help Vim development or get the latest patches, subscribe
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Subject specific lists:
Multi-byte issues: vim-multibyte
Macintosh issues: vim-mac
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 me a
patch if you can!
If something needs discussing with other developers, send a message to the
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Fixing bugs and adding new features takes an awful lot of time. Through
your donations Bram will be able to have a part-time job and spend more
time on Vim. See:
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