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Vim version 7.2b ready for BETA testing

Bram Moolenaar



Hello Vim users,


Announcing:  Vim (Vi IMproved) version 7.2b BETA


This is a BETA release of Vim 7.2.  It consists of Vim 7.1 plus all
patches, updated runtime files and some more.

I expect this to be stable, since most of the patches have been used by
many people already.  However, I did include several patches the last
few days, this might break something.

Please report every problem you find!  The time until a 7.2 release
depends on how many problems are reported.

The biggest addition since 7.1 is floating point support.

Since version 7.2a several reported problems were fixed.  The MS-Windows
binary is now built with VC 2003, so that it also works on MS-Windows 98
and ME.  Should also work on Vista.

Once you have installed Vim 7.2b BETA you can find details about the
changes since Vim 7.1 with ":help version-7.2".


Testing
-------

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
documentation.

I will not make an Amiga or OS/2 binary for Vim 7.2b.  A Mac version is
hopefully available soon on http://macvim.org/  and/or from the MacVim
project at http://code.google.com/p/macvim/


Gratitude
---------

If you like Vim, this is the way to say thanks:
http://iccf-holland.org/clinic.html


Where to get it
---------------

All files can be found below this directory:
        ftp://ftp.vim.org/pub/vim/unstable/

Information about which files to download for what system (don't use the
links, they are still for Vim 7.1):
        http://www.vim.org/download.php

A list of mirror sites can be found here:
        http://www.vim.org/mirrors.php

Vim 7.2b is also available from CVS.  Subversion will follow later.
        http://www.vim.org/cvs.php
        http://www.vim.org/subversion.php

The Aap files have also been updated.


An overview of the files below "unstable":

UNIX:
unix/vim-7.2b.tar.bz2           sources + runtime files, bzip2 compressed

MS-WINDOWS one-size-fits-all:
pc/gvim72b.exe                  self-installing, includes all runtime files

VARIOUS:
extra/vim-7.2b-extra.tar.gz     source files for non-Unix platforms
extra/vim-7.2b-lang.tar.gz      multi-language files
doc/vim72bhtml.zip              help files converted to HTML

MS-WINDOWS separate files:
pc/vim72brt.zip                 runtime files
pc/vim72blang.zip               files for translated messages and menus
pc/gvim72b.zip                  GUI binary for Windows 95/98/NT/2000/XP
pc/gvim72bole.zip               GUI binary with OLE support
pc/gvim72b_s.zip                GUI binary for Windows 3.1 (untested)
pc/vim72bd32.zip                console version for MS-DOS/Windows 95/98
pc/vim72bw32.zip                console version for Windows NT/2000/XP
pc/vim72bsrc.zip                sources for PC (with CR-LF)

DIFFS TO PREVIOUS RELEASE:
unix/vim-7.2a-7.2b.diff.gz    sources + runtime files
extra/vim-7.2a-7.2b-extra.diff.gz   extra files
extra/vim-7.2a-7.2b-lang.diff.gz    multi-language files

There is no 16-bit DOS version, I could not build it.


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 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!

--
hundred-and-one symptoms of being an internet addict:
224. You set up your own Web page. You set up a Web page for each
     of your kids... and your pets.

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