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  • Bram Moolenaar
    Hello Vim users, Announcing: Vim (Vi IMproved) version 7.4a BETA This is the first BETA release of Vim 7.4. Please check that the distribution is OK. I
    Message 1 of 2 , Jul 6, 2013
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      Hello Vim users,


      Announcing: Vim (Vi IMproved) version 7.4a BETA


      This is the first BETA release of Vim 7.4.

      Please check that the distribution is OK. I haven't done one for a long
      time. Report anything that isn't right. That includes a crash but also
      a typo in the documentation or a missing file.


      The biggest additions since 7.3:
      - A new, faster regular expression engine.
      - More than a thousand fixes and small improvements.

      Once you have installed Vim 7.4a BETA you can find details about the
      changes since Vim 7.3 with:
      :help version-7.4


      Gratitude
      ---------

      If you like Vim, please consider helping poor children in the south of
      Uganda: http://iccf-holland.org


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

      The best way to obtain the latest Vim 7.4 is using Mercurial.
      Summary:
      hg clone https://vim.googlecode.com/hg/ vim
      cd vim
      hg update
      More information here: http://www.vim.org/mercurial.php
      The tag for this beta version is v7-4a.

      For MS-Windows most of you will want the self-installing executable:
      ftp://ftp.vim.org/pub/vim/unstable/pc/gvim74a.exe

      Information about which files to download for what system (don't use the
      links, they are still for Vim 7.3):
      http://www.vim.org/download.php

      A list of mirror sites can be found here:
      http://www.vim.org/mirrors.php


      The files available for download:

      UNIX:
      sources + runtime files, bzip2 compressed:
      ftp://ftp.vim.org/pub/vim/unstable/unix/vim-7.4a.tar.bz2

      VARIOUS:
      help files converted to HTML:
      ftp://ftp.vim.org/pub/vim/unstable/doc/vim74ahtml.zip

      MS-WINDOWS one-size-fits-all:
      Self-installing, includes all runtime files, loads libraries dynamically:
      ftp://ftp.vim.org/pub/vim/unstable/pc/gvim74a.exe

      MS-WINDOWS separate files:
      Runtime files:
      ftp://ftp.vim.org/pub/vim/unstable/pc/vim74art.zip
      GUI binary for Windows 95/98/NT/2000/XP/7:
      ftp://ftp.vim.org/pub/vim/unstable/pc/gvim74a.zip
      GUI binary with OLE support:
      ftp://ftp.vim.org/pub/vim/unstable/pc/gvim74aole.zip
      Console version for Windows NT/2000/XP/7:
      ftp://ftp.vim.org/pub/vim/unstable/pc/vim74aw32.zip
      Sources for PC (with CR-LF):
      ftp://ftp.vim.org/pub/vim/unstable/pc/vim74asrc.zip

      For debugging:
      ftp://ftp.vim.org/pub/vim/unstable/pc/gvim74a.pdb
      ftp://ftp.vim.org/pub/vim/unstable/pc/gvim74aole.pdb
      ftp://ftp.vim.org/pub/vim/unstable/pc/vim74aw32.pdb


      Omitted in this version are:
      - The 16-bit DOS, OS/2 and Amiga versions, these are obsolete.
      - The 32-bit console version for MS-DOS/Windows 95/98
      - The 16 bit MS-Windows version


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      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 a patch
      if you can!


      Happy Vimming!


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    • ZyX
      diff -r 1205c07d8df2 runtime/doc/version7.txt ... +++ b/runtime/doc/version7.txt Сб. июля 13 21:20:00 2013 +0400 @@ -70,6 +70,7 @@ Fixed |fixed-7.3|
      Message 2 of 2 , Jul 13, 2013
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        diff -r 1205c07d8df2 runtime/doc/version7.txt
        --- a/runtime/doc/version7.txt Сб. июля 13 16:57:24 2013 +0400
        +++ b/runtime/doc/version7.txt Сб. июля 13 21:20:00 2013 +0400
        @@ -70,6 +70,7 @@ Fixed |fixed-7.3|

        VERSION 7.4 |version-7.4|
        New regexp engine |new-regexp-engine|
        +Better vim ↔ python interface |new-python-interfac|
        Changed |changed-7.4|
        Added |added-7.4|
        Fixed |fixed-7.4|
        @@ -10182,16 +10183,168 @@ is now working fine. Previously Vim cou

        More information here: |two-engines|

        +Better vim ↔ python interface *new-python-interface*
        +-----------------------------
        +
        +Added |python-bindeval| function. Unlike |python-eval| this one returns
        + |python-Dictionary|, |python-List| and |python-Function| objects for
        + dictionaries lists and functions respectively in place of their python
        + built-in equivalents (or None if we are talking about function references).
        +For simple types this function returns python built-in types and not only
        + python `str()` like |python-eval| does. On python 3 it will return `bytes()`
        + objects in place of `str()` ones avoiding possibility of UnicodeDecodeError.
        +Interface of new objects mimics standard python `dict()` and `list()`
        + interfaces to some extent. Extent will be improved in the future.
        +
        +Added special |python-vars| objects also available for |python-buffer| and
        +|python-window|. They ease access to VimL variables from python.
        +
        +Now you no longer need to alter `sys.path` to import your module: special
        +hooks are responsible for importing from {rtp}/python2, {rtp}/python3 and
        +{rtp}/pythonx directories (for python 2, python 3 and both respectively).
        +See |python-special-path|.
        +
        +Added possibility to work with |tabpage|s through |python-tabpage| object.
        +
        +Added automatic conversion of vim errors and exceptions to python
        +exceptions.
        +
        +Changed the behavior of |python-buffers| object: it now uses buffer numbers
        +as keys in place of the index of the buffer in the internal buffer list.
        +This should not break anything as the only way to get this index was
        +iterating over |python-buffers|.
        +
        +Added |:pydo| and |:py3do| commands.
        +
        +Added |pyeval()| and |py3eval()| functions.
        +
        +Now in all places which previously accepted `str()` objects in both python
        +version both `str()` and `unicode()` (python 2) or `bytes()` and `str()`
        +(python 3) are accepted.
        +
        +|python-window| has gained `.col` and `.row` attributes that are currently
        +the only way to get internal window positions.
        +
        +Added or fixed support for `dir()` in vim python objects.
        +
        +Old python versions (≤2.2) are no longer supported. Building with them did
        +not work anyway.

        Changed *changed-7.4*
        -------

        -Todo.
        -
        +Functions:
        + Added ability to use |Dictionary-function|s for |sort()|ing, via
        + optional third argument. (Nikolay Pavlov)
        +
        + Added special |expand()| argument that expands to the current line
        + number.
        +
        + Made it possible to force |char2nr()| always give unicode codepoints
        + regardless of current encoding. (Yasuhiro Matsumoto)
        +
        + Made it possible for functions generating file list generate |List|
        + and not NL-separated string. (e.g. |glob()|, |expand()|) (Christian
        + Brabandt)
        +
        + Functions that obtain variables from the specific window, tabpage or
        + buffer scope dictionary can now return specified default value in
        + place of empty string in case variable is not found. (|gettabvar()|,
        + |getwinvar()|, |getbufvar()|) (Shougo Matsushita, Hirohito Higashi)
        +
        +Options:
        + Added ability to automatically save selection into the system
        + clipboard when using non-GUI version of vim (autoselectplus in
        + 'clipboard'). Also added ability to use system clipboard as default
        + register (previously only primary selection could be used). (Ivan
        + Krasilnikov, Christian Brabandt, Bram Moolenaar)
        +
        + Added special 'shiftwidth' value that makes 'sw' follow 'tabstop'. As
        + indenting via 'indentexpr' became tricky |shiftwidth()| function was
        + added. Also added equivalent special value to 'softtabstop' option.
        + (Christian Brabandt, so8res)
        +
        + Added ability to delete comment leader when using |J| by `j` flag in
        + 'formatoptions' (|fo-table|). (Lech Lorens)
        +
        + Added ability to control indentation inside namespaces: |cino-N|.
        + (Konstantin Lepa)
        +
        + Added ability to control alignment inside `if` condition separately
        + from alignment inside function arguments: |cino-k|. (Lech Lorens)
        +
        + Added ability to show absolute number in number column when
        + 'relativenumber' option is on. (Christian Brabandt)
        +
        +Comands:
        + Made it possible to remove all signs from the current buffer using
        + |:sign-unplace|. (Christian Brabandt)
        +
        + Added |:language| autocompletion. (Dominique Pelle)
        +
        + |:diffoff| now saves the local values of some settings and restores
        + them in place of blindly resetting them to the defaults. (Christian
        + Brabandt)
        +
        + Added |:map-nowait| creating mapping which when having lhs that is the
        + prefix of another mapping’s lhs will not allow vim to wait for user to
        + type more characters to resolve ambiguity, forcing vim to take the
        + shorter alternative: one with <nowait>.
        +
        + Added more |:command-complete| completion types: |:behave| suboptions,
        + color schemes, compilers, |:cscope| suboptions, files from 'path',
        + |:history| suboptions, locale names, |:syntime| suboptions, user
        + names. (Dominique Pelle)
        +
        +Other:
        + Improved support for cmd.exe. (Ben Fritz, Bram Moolenaar)
        +
        + Added |v:windowid| variable containing current window number in GUI
        + vim. (Christian J. Robinson, Lech Lorens)
        +
        + Lua interface now also uses userdata binded to vim structures. (Taro
        + Muraoka, Luis Carvalho)
        +
        + Added rxvt-unicode and >xterm-277 mouse support. (Yiding Jia, Hayaki
        + Saito)

        Added *added-7.4*
        -----

        +Added support for |Lists| and |Dictionaries| in |viminfo|. (Christian
        +Brabandt)
        +
        +Functions:
        + Bitwise functions: |and()|, |or()|, |invert()|, |xor()|.
        +
        + Added |luaeval()| function. (Taro Muraoka, Luis Carvalho)
        +
        + Added |sha256()| function. (Tyru, Hirohito Higashi)
        +
        + Added |wildmenumode()| function. (Christian Brabandt)
        +
        + Debugging functions: |screenattr()|, |screenchar()|, |screencol()|,
        + |screenrow()|. (Simon Ruderich, Bram Moolenaar)
        +
        +Autocommands:
        + Added |InsertCharPre| event launched before inserting character.
        + (Jakson A. Aquino)
        +
        + Added |CompleteDone| event launched after finishing completion in
        + insert mode. (idea by Florian Klein)
        +
        + Added |QuitPre| event launched when commands that can either close vim
        + or only some window(s) are launched.
        +
        + Added |TextChanged| and |TextChangedI| events launched when text is
        + changed.
        +
        +Commands:
        + |:syntime| command useful for debugging.
        +
        +Options:
        + Made it possible to ignore case when completing: 'wildignorecase'.
        +
        Various syntax, indent and other plugins were added.



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