Vim version 7.1b BETA has been released

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Vim version 7.1b BETA has been released

Bram Moolenaar

Announcing:  Vim (Vi IMproved) version 7.1b BETA

This is a BETA release of Vim 7.1.  It consists of Vim 7.0 plus all
patches, updated runtime files and a few fixes.

If you were using 7.1a please upgrade to 7.1b and verify it works well.
Please report every problem you find!  It will only be a couple of days
until the 7.1 release, so hurry.

Once you have installed Vim 7.1b BETA you can find details about the
changes since Vim 7.0 with ":help version-7.1".

Changes since 7.1a:

- Lots of spelling mistakes fixed.
- Several runtime files updated.  Somehow people tend to send me updates
  _after_ doing a release...
- Bug in downloading a missing spell file fixed.  Could wipe out a
  buffer with your text when downloading failed.
- Building with MingW fixed (and now Win32s version also builds).
- Editing compressed files didn't work when folding enabled.


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 7.1b.  A Mac version is
hopefully available soon on

Where to get it

All files can be found below this directory:

Information about which files to download for what system (don't use the
links, they are still for Vim 7.0):

A list of mirror sites can be found here:

Vim 7.1b is also available from CVS (soon, still checking in):

An overview of the files:

unix/vim-7.1b.tar.bz2           sources + runtime files, bzip2 compressed

extra/vim-7.1b-extra.tar.gz     extra files
extra/vim-7.1b-lang.tar.gz      multi-language files
doc/              help files converted to HTML

pc/gvim71b.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-7.1a-7.1b.diff.gz    sources + runtime files
extra/vim-7.1a-7.1b-extra.diff.gz   extra files
extra/vim-7.1a-7.1b-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!

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