Announcing: Vim (Vi IMproved) version 6.0
Author: Bram Moolenaar et al.
This is a major new version of Vim. Vim 6.0 is a huge step from Vim
5.x. Many, many new features and improvements have been included. For
an overview, with a few screendumps, look here:
The alpha and beta testing has taken more than a year. Many problems
have been fixed in the previous weeks, which is also a hint that more
problems will be found in the future. Thus the usual disclaimers apply.
Otherwise, Vim 6.0 has been tested quite a bit, thus it's ready for
One problem has already been noticed and fixed: Using the "sh" syntax
may cause error messages. Get patch 6.0.001 to fix that. Or get the
new sh.vim syntax file. You can find the most recent patches here:
Upgrading from Vim 5.x to Vim 6.0 should be easy. Vim 6.0 is mostly
backwards compatible. But this is a major new release, the new features
may cause a few problems. If something goes wrong, first check out
":help version6" for known incompatibilities.
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://vim.sf.net
This is also a great place
to find Vim tips and scripts!
New since version 5.8
The number of changes is huge. These are just the main new items:
Folding - momentarily hide part of the text
Vertically split windows - mixed with horizontal splits
Diff mode - show and remove differences between files
Easy Vim: click-and-type - for those who really don't like two modes
User manual - learn to use Vim, reads like a book
Flexible indenting - automatic indenting for any language
Extended search patterns - more regexp power than you will need
UTF-8 support - Unicode allows editing nearly all languages
Multi-language support - translated messages and menus
Plugin support - drop a script in a directory and you can use it
Filetype plugins - an easy way to setup for editing a type of file
File browser - browse directories, also on a terminal
Editing files over a network - read and write a remote file directly
command-line editing window - use any Vim command to edit an Ex command
Debugging mode - debug your Vim functions and scripts
Cursor in virtual position - edit tables and draw ASCII pictures
Debugger interface - use Vim with Sun Visual Workshop
Communication between Vims - let one Vim tell another Vim what to do
Printing - print with syntax colors
Quickfix extended - see error messages in a window and jump there
Writing files improved - rename or copy to make a backup file
Argument list - select groups of files to work on
Restore a View - save the looks of a window and restore it later
Color schemes - quickly switch between different color setups
See this page for the details:
Where to get it
Information about which files to download for what system:
If you already know what to get, download it from here:
Or use one of the mirrors, see:
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://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.
How To Keep A Healthy Level Of Insanity:
1. At lunch time, sit in your parked car with sunglasses on and point
a hair dryer at passing cars. See if they slow down.
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