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2685Vim 7.3b ready for beta testing

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  • Bram Moolenaar
    Jul 25, 2010
      Hello Vim users,

      Announcing: Vim (Vi IMproved) version 7.3b BETA

      This is a BETA release of Vim 7.3. It consists of Vim 7.2 plus all
      patches, updated runtime files and some more.

      7.3b both includes lots of fixes and a few new features. Everything
      needs to be tested to verify no new problems have been introduced.

      Please report every problem you find! The time until a 7.3 release
      depends on how many problems are reported.

      The biggest additions since 7.2:
      - Persistent undo, undo for reload
      - Blowfish encryption, also encrypt the swap file
      - Conceal text (note: since 7.3a 'conc' was renamed to 'cole')
      - Lua interface
      - Python 3 interface

      I will no longer include new features in 7.3, it's only testing now.

      Once you have installed Vim 7.3b BETA you can find details about the
      changes since Vim 7.2 with:
      :help version-7.3

      Known problem: The MS-Windows self-installing executable for 7.2a has
      set the wrong path for the uninstaller. Installing Vim 7.3b after 7.3a
      will give an error message. You can uninstall Vim 7.3a through the
      menu: Start/All Programs/Vim 7.3a/Uninstall


      Please especially test the persistent undo and encryption. These need
      to work reliably.

      Report anything that isn't right. That includes a crash but also a typo
      in the documentation and a missing file.


      If you like Vim, this is the way to say thanks:

      Where to get it

      The best way to obtain the latest Vim 7.3 is using Mercurial.
      hg clone https://vim.googlecode.com/hg/ vim
      cd vim
      hg update vim73
      More information here: http://www.vim.org/mercurial.php

      All downloadable files can be found below this directory:

      Information about which files to download for what system (don't use the
      links, they are still for Vim 7.2):

      A list of mirror sites can be found here:

      An overview of the files below "unstable":

      unix/vim-7.3b.tar.bz2 sources + runtime files, bzip2 compressed

      MS-WINDOWS one-size-fits-all:
      pc/gvim73b.exe self-installing, includes all runtime files

      doc/vim73bhtml.zip help files converted to HTML

      MS-WINDOWS separate files:
      pc/vim73brt.zip runtime files
      pc/gvim73b.zip GUI binary for Windows 95/98/NT/2000/XP
      pc/gvim73bole.zip GUI binary with OLE support
      pc/gvim73b_s.zip GUI binary for Windows 3.1 (untested)
      pc/vim73bd32.zip console version for MS-DOS/Windows 95/98
      pc/vim73bw32.zip console version for Windows NT/2000/XP
      pc/vim73bsrc.zip sources for PC (with CR-LF)

      unix/vim-7.3a-7.3b.diff.gz sources + runtime files

      Omitted in this version are:
      - Extra and lang archives, these are now included in the main source
      and runtime archives.
      - The 16-bit DOS, OS/2 and Amiga versions, these are obsolete.

      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

      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 <vim-dev@...>. 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!

      Happy Vimming!

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