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  • Bram Moolenaar
    Announcing: Vim (Vi IMproved) version 6.4a BETA Author: Bram Moolenaar et al. Announcement ... This is a bugfix BETA release of Vim. Since Vim 6.3 dozens of
    Message 1 of 1 , Oct 9, 2005
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      Announcing: Vim (Vi IMproved) version 6.4a BETA
      Author: Bram Moolenaar et al.


      Announcement
      ------------

      This is a bugfix BETA release of Vim. Since Vim 6.3 dozens of reported
      problems have been fixed. Also included are new and updated syntax
      files, translated menus and messages.

      There are no new features. This release is only fixing bugs.

      Once you have installed 6.4a BETA you can find details about the changes
      since Vim 6.3 with ":help version-6.4". There is a long list of fixed
      bugs.


      Testing
      -------

      This is a BETA test version. Most of the changes were already released
      as patches and have been used by many people for a while. I don't
      expect problems, thus feel free to install this for real work.

      Do watch out for any mistakes with the distribution. I haven't made a
      release for quite a while. The "big" Win32 executable now uses Python
      2.4 instead of 2.3. For Perl and Ruby a minor update was done to Perl
      5.8.7 and Ruby 1.8.3.

      Please report anything that doesn't look right. Vim 6.4 should be the
      most reliable Vim ever! If everything goes well I'll release Vim 6.4 in
      less than a week.


      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
      Amiga.

      For more information, see http://www.vim.org This is also a great
      place to find Vim tips and scripts!


      Where to get it
      ---------------

      Information about which files to download for what system:

      http://www.vim.org/download.php

      All files can be found below this directory:

      ftp://ftp.vim.org/pub/vim/unstable/

      A list of mirror sites can be found here:

      http://www.vim.org/mirrors.php

      An overview of the files:

      UNIX:
      unix/vim-6.4a.tar.bz2 sources + runtime files, bzip2 compressed
      unix/vim-6.4a-rt1.tar.gz runtime files part 1
      unix/vim-6.4a-rt2.tar.gz runtime files part 2
      unix/vim-6.4a-src1.tar.gz sources part 1
      unix/vim-6.4a-src2.tar.gz sources part 2
      unix/vim-6.3-6.4a.diff.gz diff between 6.3 and 6.4a

      VARIOUS:
      extra/vim-6.4a-extra.tar.gz extra files
      extra/vim-6.4a-lang.tar.gz multi-language files
      extra/vim-6.3-6.4a-extra.diff.gz diff for extra files
      extra/vim-6.3-6.4a-lang.diff.gz diff for multi-language files
      doc/vim64ahtml.zip help files converted to HTML

      MS-WINDOWS:
      pc/gvim64a.exe self-installing, includes all runtime files
      pc/vim64art.zip runtime files
      pc/vim64alang.zip files for translated messages and menus
      pc/gvim64a.zip GUI binary for Windows 95/98/NT/2000/XP
      pc/gvim64aole.zip GUI binary with OLE support
      pc/vim64ad16.zip 16 bits real mode - works on any system
      pc/vim64ad32.zip 32 bits protected mode - needs 386 and DPMI
      pc/vim64aw32.zip console version for Windows NT/2000/XP
      pc/vim64asrc.zip sources for PC (with CR-LF)

      AMIGA:
      amiga/vim64art.tgz runtime files (always needed)
      amiga/vim64abin.tgz executable files
      amiga/vim64asrc.tgz sources packed for Amiga
      (no binary yet, sorry)


      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. An archive
      is kept at http://groups.yahoo.com/group/vim.

      If you want to help Vim development or get the latest patches, subscribe
      to the vim-dev mailing list. An archive is kept at
      http://groups.yahoo.com/group/vimdev.

      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


      Reporting bugs
      --------------

      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 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!

      If something needs discussing with other developers, send a message to the
      vim-dev mailing list. You need to subscribe first.


      Happy Vimming!

      --
      An easy way to determine if you have enough teamwork to be doomed is simply to
      measure how long it takes from the time you decide to go to lunch together
      until the time you actually eat.
      (Scott Adams - The Dilbert principle)

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