Announcing: Vim (Vi IMproved) version 5.8
Author: Bram Moolenaar et al.
This is a minor release of Vim. Since version 5.7 has been released (almost
a year ago!) bugs have been fixed and many syntax files have been added.
Vim 5.8 has been tested by quite a few people over the past weeks, and there
are no big changes since version 5.7. This should be the most stable Vim
version ever. But it's free software, the usual disclaimers apply.
Development of Vim 6.0, the next major release, continues. That version
contains many new features and is an unstable version.
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" and "http://vim.sf.net".
New since version 5.7
74 new syntax files.
Quite a few bug fixes. This version is aimed at stability.
A few security problems were fixed.
Ctags is no longer included, it has grown into a project of its own. You can
find it at http://ctags.sf.net.
See ":help version-5.8" in Vim for the details.
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 all 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!
FILE SYSTEM COMMENTS
unix/vim-5.8-src.tar.gz Unix(*) Sources.
unix/vim-5.8-rt.tar.gz Unix(*) Runtime files.
extra/vim-5.8-extra.tar.gz Unix(*) Extra sources and docs (Farsi, OLE, VisVim).
unix/vim-5.7-5.8-rt.diff.gz Runtime diff with version 5.7.
unix/vim-5.7-5.8-src.diff.gz Sources diff with version 5.7.
extra/vim-5.7-5.8-extra.diff.gz Extra diff with version 5.7.
pc/vim58rt.zip Win32 MS-DOS and MS-Windows runtime files. This
doesn't fit on a floppy, alternatively get
the next two files.
pc/vim58rt1.zip Win32 Same, except the syntax files.
pc/vim58rt2.zip Win32 Same, only the syntax files.
pc/gvim58.zip Win32 32 bit MS-Windows 95/98/NT/2000 GUI
Recommended for MS-Windows 95/98/NT/2000.
The best choice for syntax highlighting and
pc/gvim58ole.zip Win32 32 bit MS-Windows 95/98/NT/2000 GUI
binaries, with OLE support and VisVim.
pc/gvim58_s.zip Win32s 32 bit MS-Windows 3.1/3.11 GUI binaries.
pc/vim58w32.zip Win32 32 bit MS-Windows 95/98/NT/2000 console
binaries. Recommended for Windows NT/2000,
NOT for 95/98. Supports long file names.
pc/vim58d32.zip MS-DOS 32 bit protected mode binaries.
Recommended for MS-DOS, MS-Windows 3.1 and
MS-Windows 95/98 console. It is compiled
with DJGPP, it may need a DPMI driver
(CWSDPMI is included). Supports long file
names on MS-Windows 95/98 (NOT on NT/2000).
pc/vim58d16.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/vim58src.zip PC Sources for PC versions (with CR-LF).
os2/vim58rt.zip OS/2 Runtime files (same as pc/vim58rt.zip).
os2/vim58os2.zip OS/2 Binaries.
(use the Unix archives for sources)
amiga/vim58rt.tgz Amiga Runtime files.
amiga/vim58bin.tgz Amiga Binaries.
amiga/vim58big.tgz Amiga Binaries with more features.
amiga/vim58src.tgz Amiga Sources for Amiga.
doc/vim58html.zip all Documentation converted to HTML.
patches/* all Recent patches.
(*) 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. An archive is kept at
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://www.egroups.com/group/vim-multibyte
Macintosh issues: vim-mac http://www.egroups.com/group/vim-mac
Send them to <Bram@...>. Please be brief, 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 different machines if possible. See
":help bugs" in Vim. Send me patches if you can!
If something needs discussing with other developers, send a message to the
vim-dev mailing list. You need to subscribe first.
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