Announcing: Vim (Vi IMproved) version 5.4l BETA
Author: Bram Moolenaar et al.
This is a Beta test version for a minor release of Vim. Since version 5.3 new
features have been added and bugs have been fixed.
Vim 5.4 has already been alpha tested by quite a few people over the past
months, there should be no serious problems. But, it is still in a testing
phase, use at your own risk!
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 should run on any Unix flavor, MS-DOS, Windows 3.1, Windows 95, Windows
NT, OS/2, Atari MiNT, BeOS, VMS, RISC OS, Macintosh and Amiga.
For more information, see "http://www.vim.org".
New since version 5.3
A short overview:
- Port to the GTK+ GUI.
- A version-specific runtime directory has been introduced. This makes it
easier to upgrade to a newer version, or run two versions at the same time.
- Recognizing file types and syntax highlighting has been separated. This
allows you to add your own file type specific items. And syntax
highlighting is more flexible.
- Vim scripts have been improved: Line continuation with a backslash, more
- The hit-return prompt is avoided by truncating messages. A message history
has been added to view previous (untruncated) messages.
- Support for encryption of files.
- Quickfix support extended to support more error formats, including
multi-line error messages and change-directory messages.
- Menus can be used in console mode. The wildmenu feature offers menu-like
command line completion.
- A number of useful commands and options added.
- Many improvements for existing commands.
And many bug fixes! This version is aimed at stability.
See ":help version-5.4" in Vim for the details.
Note that the ":version" command reports 5.4l to be an ALPHA version. This is
a mistake, it's really BETA.
Where to get it
You can find a list of distribution sites at
Replace <country> with a country code, e.g.:
What is available
Note that for most systems the distribution is split into an archive with
runtime files (documentation, syntax files, etc.) and a binary and/or source
archive. You should download at least two archives (except for OS/2).
Note: it's all under the "unreleased" directory.
FILE SYSTEM COMMENTS
unix/vim-5.4l-src.tar.gz Unix(*) Sources
unix/vim-5.4k-5.4l-src.diff.gz sources diff with version 5.4k
unix/vim-5.4l-rt.tar.gz Unix(*) runtime files
unix/vim-5.4k-5.4l-rt.diff.gz runtime diff with version 5.4k
extra/vim-5.4l-extra.tar.gz Unix(*) Extra sources and docs (Farsi, OLE, VisVim)
extra/vim-5.4k-5.4l-extra.diff.gz diff with version 5.4k
pc/vim54lrt.zip Win32 DOS and MS-Windows runtime files
pc/gvim54l.zip Win32 32 bit Windows 95/NT GUI binaries.
Recommended for Windows 95 and NT. The
best choice for syntax highlighting and
pc/gvim54lole.zip Win32 32 bit Windows 95/NT GUI binaries, with
OLE support and VisVim.
pc/gvim54l_s.zip Win32s 32 bit Windows 3.1/3.11 GUI binaries.
pc/vim54lw32.zip Win32 32 bit Windows 95/98/NT console binaries.
Recommended for Windows NT, not for 95/98.
Supports long file names.
pc/vim54ld32.zip MS-DOS 32 bit protected mode binaries.
Recommended for MS-DOS, Windows 3.1 and
Windows 95/98 console. It is compiled with
DJGPP, it may need a DPMI driver (CWSDPMI
is included). Supports long file names on
pc/vim54ld16.zip MS-DOS 16 bit real mode binaries.
Runs on most MS-DOS systems, but is
restricted to using 640K memory. Small
version, without e.g., syntax highlighting
pc/vim54lsrc.zip PC Sources for PC versions (with CR-LF).
os2/vim54los2.zip OS/2 binary and docs.
(use the Unix archives for sources)
amiga/vim54lrt.tgz Amiga runtime files
amiga/vim54lbin.tgz Amiga Binary
amiga/vim54lbig.tgz Amiga Binary with more features
amiga/vim54lsrc.tgz Amiga Sources for Amiga
doc/vim54lhtml.zip all Documentation converted to HTML
(*) Also for BeOS, OS/2, VMS, Macintosh and Atari MiNT
The contents of the source archives depends on the specified system. To
obtain the full sources and docs, get the three Unix archives.
system file type Unpack with
Unix file.tar.gz gunzip file.tar.gz; tar xf file.tar
Amiga file.tgz gzip -d file.tgz; tar xf file.tar
PC file.zip pkunzip -d file.zip
or: unzip file.zip
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/mail.html.
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Always give a reproducable example and try to find out which settings or other
things influence the appearance of the bug. Try different machines if
possible. See ":help bugs" in Vim. Send me patches if you can!
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