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Vim version 7.0g BETA has been released

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  • Bram Moolenaar
    Announcing: Vim (Vi IMproved) version 7.0g BETA This is the last BETA release of Vim 7 (hopefully). The last few days there have been too many changes to do
    Message 1 of 1 , Apr 30, 2006
      Announcing: Vim (Vi IMproved) version 7.0g BETA

      This is the last BETA release of Vim 7 (hopefully). The last few days
      there have been too many changes to do a release. This is the last
      chance to report problems. It would be very disappointing to discover a
      problem just after sending out the final release!

      Since the fifth BETA release there are mostly bug fixes. Here is
      a summary:
      - For Motif and GTK tooltips were added to the tab page labels, so that
      you can see the full path.
      - Help files with a non-utf-8 byte reported an illegal byte when
      'encoding' is "utf-8".
      - Restricted what the expression for ":map <expr>" can do to avoid
      unpredictable problems.
      - Prevent that CTRL-R = in Insert mode can start Visual mode.
      - Typing a multi-byte character or a special key at the hit-enter prompt
      did not work (old problem).
      - 'formatexpr' could not work properly without knowing what character is
      going to be inserted. Added the v:char variable.
      - With 8 colors Search highlighting could make text disappear.
      - Allow "all" to appear together with other values in 'eventignore'.
      - Win32: Dropping a shortcut on the Vim icon edited the shortcut instead
      of the file it refers to (old problem).
      - In Insert mode the matchparen plugin highlighted the wrong paren when
      there is a string just next to a paren.

      The coming days I will only fix serious problems, to avoid that changes
      introduce new bugs.

      Since Vim 6.4 many new features have been added. To mention a few:

      - Spell checking support for about 50 languages
      - Intelligent completion: Omni completion
      - Tab pages, each containing multiple windows
      - Undo branches: never accidentally lose text again
      - Vim script supports Lists and Dictionaries (similar to Python)
      - Vim script profiling
      - Improved Unicode support
      - Highlighting of matching parens, cursor line and cursor column
      - Translated manual pages support.
      - Internal grep; works on all platforms, searches compressed files
      - Browsing of remote directories, zip and tar archives
      - Printing multi-byte text

      Once you have installed Vim 7.0g BETA you can find details about the
      changes since Vim 6.4 with ":help version7". The changes since version
      7.0f are at the end.


      This is a BETA test version. Please give it a good test and report
      anything that isn't right. That includes a crash but also a typo in the

      I will not make an Amiga or OS/2 binary for Vim 7. A Mac version should
      be available soon on http://macvim.org/

      Where to get it

      Information about which files to download for what system:

      All files can be found below this directory:

      A list of mirror sites can be found here:

      Vim 7.0g is also available (after a few hours) from Subversion, CVS and
      with Aap:

      An overview of the files:

      unix/vim-7.0g.tar.bz2 sources + runtime files, bzip2 compressed

      extra/vim-7.0g-extra.tar.gz extra (non-Unix) files
      extra/vim-7.0g-lang.tar.gz multi-language files
      doc/vim70ghtml.zip help files converted to HTML

      pc/gvim70g.exe self-installing, includes all runtime files
      pc/vim70grt.zip runtime files
      pc/vim70glang.zip files for translated messages and menus
      pc/gvim70g.zip GUI binary for Windows 95/98/NT/2000/XP
      pc/gvim70gole.zip GUI binary with OLE support
      pc/gvim70g_s.zip GUI binary for Windows 3.1 (untested)
      pc/vim70gd16.zip 16 bit console version for MS-DOS
      pc/vim70gd32.zip console version for MS-DOS/Windows 95/98
      pc/vim70gw32.zip console version for Windows NT/2000/XP
      pc/vim70gsrc.zip sources for PC (with CR-LF)

      unix/vim-7.0f-7.0g.diff.gz sources + runtime files
      extra/vim-7.0f-7.0g-extra.diff.gz extra files
      extra/vim-7.0f-7.0g-lang.diff.gz multi-language files

      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#vim

      If you want to help Vim development or get the latest patches, subscribe
      to the vim-dev mailing list. See http://www.vim.org/maillist.php#vim-dev

      Subject specific lists:
      Multi-byte issues: http://www.vim.org/maillist.php#vim-multibyte
      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 <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!

      (letter from Mark to Mike, about the film's probable certificate)
      For an 'A' we would have to: Lose as many shits as possible; Take Jesus
      Christ out, if possible; Loose "I fart in your general direction"; Lose
      "the oral sex"; Lose "oh, fuck off"; Lose "We make castanets out of your
      "Monty Python and the Holy Grail" PYTHON (MONTY) PICTURES LTD

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