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  • Bram Moolenaar
    Announcing: Vim (Vi IMproved) version 6.4 Author: Bram Moolenaar et al. Announcement ... This is a bugfix release of Vim. Since Vim 6.3 dozens of reported
    Message 1 of 1 , Oct 15, 2005
      Announcing: Vim (Vi IMproved) version 6.4
      Author: Bram Moolenaar et al.


      This is a bugfix 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.

      A Beta version revealed a few problems, mostly in the creation of the
      generated files. This has been fixed and tested again. I am confident
      that the 6.4 release is the most stable Vim ever!

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

      What is next?

      Vim 7! If I keep getting donations from sponsors and registered Vim
      users I will be able to add several "big" features. One of the new
      features is spell checking, it already works quite well. The list of
      votes is an indication of other items that might get added in Vim 7:

      What is Vim anyway?

      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 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, obtaining Vim
      through Aap, CVS, etc.:


      All files can be found below this directory:


      A list of mirror sites can be found here:


      An overview of the files:

      unix/vim-6.4.tar.bz2 sources + runtime files, bzip2 compressed
      The same in parts that fit on a floppy:
      unix/vim-6.4-rt1.tar.gz runtime files part 1
      unix/vim-6.4-rt2.tar.gz runtime files part 2
      unix/vim-6.4-src1.tar.gz sources part 1
      unix/vim-6.4-src2.tar.gz sources part 2
      unix/vim-6.3-6.4.diff.gz diff between 6.3 and 6.4

      extra/vim-6.4-extra.tar.gz extra files
      extra/vim-6.4-lang.tar.gz multi-language files
      extra/vim-6.3-6.4-extra.diff.gz diff for extra files
      extra/vim-6.3-6.4-lang.diff.gz diff for multi-language files
      doc/vim64html.zip help files converted to HTML

      DIFFS between 6.4b and 6.4:
      unstable/unix/vim-6.4b-6.4.diff.gz sources and runtime files
      unstable/extra/vim-6.4b-6.4-extra.diff.gz extra files
      unstable/extra/vim-6.4b-6.4-lang.diff.gz multi-language files

      pc/gvim64.exe self-installing, includes all runtime files,
      gvim.exe, vim.exe, etc.
      pc/vim64rt.zip runtime files (use with one of the binaries)
      pc/vim64lang.zip files for translated messages and menus
      pc/gvim64.zip GUI binary for Windows 95/98/NT/2000/XP
      pc/gvim64ole.zip GUI binary with OLE support
      pc/gvim64_s.zip GUI binary for Windows 3.x with Win32s
      pc/vim64d16.zip 16 bits real mode - works on any system
      pc/vim64d32.zip 32 bits protected mode - needs 386 and DPMI
      pc/vim64w32.zip console version for Windows NT/2000/XP
      pc/vim64src.zip sources for PC (with CR-LF)

      amiga/vim64rt.tgz runtime files (always needed)
      amiga/vim64bin.tgz executable files
      amiga/vim64src.tgz sources packed for Amiga

      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. First search the archive, it is full of useful

      If you want to help Vim development or get the latest patches, subscribe
      to the vim-dev mailing list.

      Subject specific lists:
      Multi-byte issues: vim-multibyte
      Macintosh issues: vim-mac

      More info on the maillists and links to the archives:

      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.


      Fixing bugs and adding new features takes an awful lot of time. Through
      your donations Bram will be able to have a part-time job and spend more
      time on Vim. See:

      Happy Vimming!

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