Vim version 7.0g BETA has been released

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Vim version 7.0g BETA has been released

Bram Moolenaar

Announcing:  Vim (Vi IMproved) version 7.0g BETA

This is the last BETA release of Vim 7 (hopefully).  The last few days
there have been too many changes to do a release.  This is the last
chance to report problems.  It would be very disappointing to discover a
problem just after sending out the final release!

Since the fifth BETA release there are mostly bug fixes.  Here is
a summary:
- For Motif and GTK tooltips were added to the tab page labels, so that
  you can see the full path.
- Help files with a non-utf-8 byte reported an illegal byte when
  'encoding' is "utf-8".
- Restricted what the expression for ":map <expr>" can do to avoid
  unpredictable problems.
- Prevent that CTRL-R = in Insert mode can start Visual mode.
- Typing a multi-byte character or a special key at the hit-enter prompt
  did not work (old problem).
- 'formatexpr' could not work properly without knowing what character is
  going to be inserted.  Added the v:char variable.
- With 8 colors Search highlighting could make text disappear.
- Allow "all" to appear together with other values in 'eventignore'.
- Win32: Dropping a shortcut on the Vim icon edited the shortcut instead
  of the file it refers to (old problem).
- In Insert mode the matchparen plugin highlighted the wrong paren when
  there is a string just next to a paren.

The coming days I will only fix serious problems, to avoid that changes
introduce new bugs.

Since Vim 6.4 many new features have been added.  To mention a few:

- Spell checking support for about 50 languages
- Intelligent completion: Omni completion
- Tab pages, each containing multiple windows
- Undo branches: never accidentally lose text again
- Vim script supports Lists and Dictionaries (similar to Python)
- Vim script profiling
- Improved Unicode support
- Highlighting of matching parens, cursor line and cursor column
- Translated manual pages support.
- Internal grep; works on all platforms, searches compressed files
- Browsing of remote directories, zip and tar archives
- Printing multi-byte text

Once you have installed Vim 7.0g BETA you can find details about the
changes since Vim 6.4 with ":help version7".  The changes since version
7.0f are at the end.


This is a BETA test version.  Please give it a good test and report
anything that isn't right.  That includes a crash but also a typo in the

I will not make an Amiga or OS/2 binary for Vim 7.  A Mac version should
be available soon on

Where to get it

Information about which files to download for what system:

All files can be found below this directory:

A list of mirror sites can be found here:

Vim 7.0g is also available (after a few hours) from Subversion, CVS and
with Aap:

An overview of the files:

unix/vim-7.0g.tar.bz2           sources + runtime files, bzip2 compressed

extra/vim-7.0g-extra.tar.gz     extra (non-Unix) files
extra/vim-7.0g-lang.tar.gz      multi-language files
doc/              help files converted to HTML

pc/gvim70g.exe                  self-installing, includes all runtime files
pc/                 runtime files
pc/               files for translated messages and menus
pc/                  GUI binary for Windows 95/98/NT/2000/XP
pc/               GUI binary with OLE support
pc/                GUI binary for Windows 3.1 (untested)
pc/                16 bit console version for MS-DOS
pc/                console version for MS-DOS/Windows 95/98
pc/                console version for Windows NT/2000/XP
pc/                sources for PC (with CR-LF)

unix/vim-7.0f-7.0g.diff.gz    sources + runtime files
extra/vim-7.0f-7.0g-extra.diff.gz   extra files
extra/vim-7.0f-7.0g-lang.diff.gz    multi-language files

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 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 me a
patch if you can!

If something needs discussing with other developers, send a message to the
vim-dev mailing list.  You need to subscribe first.

Happy Vimming!

(letter from Mark to Mike, about the film's probable certificate)
      For an 'A' we would have to: Lose as many shits as possible; Take Jesus
      Christ out, if possible; Loose "I fart in your general direction"; Lose
      "the oral sex"; Lose "oh, fuck off"; Lose "We make castanets out of your
                 "Monty Python and the Holy Grail" PYTHON (MONTY) PICTURES LTD

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