Announcing: Vim (Vi IMproved) version 6.2f BETA
Author: Bram Moolenaar et al.
This is a test version of Vim. Since Vim 6.1 many reported problems
have been fixed. Also included are new and updated syntax files,
translated menus and messages.
Main new features:
- Support for GTK 2. (Daniel Elstner)
- Support for editing Arabic text. (Nadim Shaikli & Isam Bayazidi)
- ":try" command and friends. (Servatius Brandt)
- Support for the neXtaw GUI toolkit (mostly like Athena). (Alexey Froloff)
- Cscope support for Win32. (Sergey Khorev)
- Support for PostScript printing in various 8-bit encodings. (Mike Williams)
The coming week beta testing will continue. Please report any problem
that you discover!
Once you have installed 6.2f you can find details about the changes
since Vim 6.1 with ":help version-6.2". There is a very long list of
What is Vim?
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
All files can be found below this directory:
An overview of the files:
unix/vim-6.2f.tar.bz2 sources + runtime files, bzip2 compressed
unix/vim-6.2f-rt1.tar.gz runtime files part 1
unix/vim-6.2f-rt2.tar.gz runtime files part 2
unix/vim-6.2f-src1.tar.gz sources part 1
unix/vim-6.2f-src2.tar.gz sources part 2
extra/vim-6.2f-extra.tar.gz extra files
extra/vim-6.2f-lang.tar.gz multi-language files
doc/vim62fhtml.zip help files converted to HTML
pc/gvim62f.exe self-installing, includes runtime files
pc/vim62frt.zip runtime files (for following binaries)
pc/vim62flang.zip extra files for translated messages and menus
pc/gvim62f.zip GUI binary for Windows 95/98/NT/2000
pc/gvim62fole.zip GUI binary with OLE support
pc/vim62fd16.zip 16 bits real mode - works on any system
pc/vim62fd32.zip 32 bits protected mode - needs 386 and DPMI
pc/vim62fw32.zip console version for Windows NT/2000/XP
pc/vim62fsrc.zip sources for PC (with CR-LF)
amiga/vim62frt.tgz runtime files (always needed)
amiga/vim62fsrc.tgz sources packed for Amiga
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.
is kept at http://groups.yahoo.com/group/vim.
If you want to help developing Vim or get the latest patches, subscribe to
the vim-dev mailing list. An archive is kept at
Subject specific lists:
Multi-byte issues: vim-multibyte http://groups.yahoo.com/group/vim-multibyte
Macintosh issues: vim-mac http://groups.yahoo.com/group/vim-mac
Send them to <bugs@...
>. 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 reproducable 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 -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.
THEOREM: VI is perfect.
PROOF: VI in roman numerals is 6. The natural numbers < 6 which divide 6 are
1, 2, and 3. 1+2+3 = 6. So 6 is a perfect number. Therefore, VI is perfect.
-- Arthur Tateishi
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