Re: latest distribution
----- Original Message -----
From: "Jeremy" <jlconlin@...>
Sent: Thursday, July 28, 2005 10:14 PM
Subject: Re: latest distribution
> Bram Moolenaar wrote:
>> Jeremy wrote:
>>>I am really interested in trying out Vim 7. What is the best way to get
>>>the latest distribution and also update it when it changes? BTW, I am
>> The info you need should be here: http://www.vim.org/develop.php
>> If you use Aap then updating regularly will be simple.
> How often should I update Vim 7? Will the process decribed on the link
> above eliminate Vim 6.x? I am worried that a build of Vim 7 won't work
> and I wouldn't have Vim 6 to fall back on.
It is possible to install 6.3 and 7.00aa side-by-side and have them both
working, and even run them in parallel at the same time.
Under Windows, $VIM/vim63 will hold the one, $VIM/vim70aa the other. Just
make sure that your "default" vim is in the PATH.
Under Unix, check where you install them: neither executable should be in
/bin/, /usr/bin/ or /usr/local/bin/; place the executables in (for instance)
usr/share/vim/vim63/bin and usr/share/vim/vim70aa/bin and have /bin/vim be a
softlink to your default version of Vim. (I haven't checked the Unix
Makefile but a small change in the rule for its "install" target might be
required to achieve that.)
To invoke the "non-default" version, use an explicit path: for instance, my
default Vim is gvim.exe 7.0; when I want to run the 6.3 version I type
%VIM%\vim63\gvim.exe at the CMD.EXE command-line (and %VIM% gets resolved to
C:\PROGRA~1\vim). At the bash command-line it would be $VIM/vim63/bin/gvim
if $VIM is set to /usr/share/vim (which is the usual fallback default in
Unix Vim, but I find it practical to have $VIM defined even outside of Vim).
You could also create aliases if you often use both versions.