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  • Bram Moolenaar
    Announcing: Vim (Vi IMproved) version 6.0 Author: Bram Moolenaar et al. Announcement ... This is a major new version of Vim. Vim 6.0 is a huge step from Vim
    Message 1 of 1 , Sep 27, 2001
      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
      daily work.

      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:


      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/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

      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 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.

      Happy Vimming!

      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.

      /// Bram Moolenaar -- Bram@... -- http://www.moolenaar.net \\\
      ((( Creator of Vim -- http://vim.sf.net -- ftp://ftp.vim.org/pub/vim )))
      \\\ Help me helping AIDS orphans in Uganda - http://iccf-holland.org ///
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