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Vim version 4.6b BETA is available

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  • Bram Moolenaar
    Message 1 of 1 , Feb 24, 1997
      Hello all!

      A few things have been fixed since 4.6a was released. The biggest change is
      how the viminfo file is written. This requires some more testing before 4.6
      can be officially released.

      Here's an updated list of things that 5.0a will include:
      - Syntax highlighting, configurable to many languages (not just C-like).
      - Ex mode. "Q", ":append", etc. have been added. Still needs more work.
      - Expression evaluation. ":if expr" and ":let var = expr" commands added.
      - Performance and screen optimizations. The "life" macros now run faster than
      in Nvi! Highlighting on hpterm works.
      - Perl interface.
      - Reading file text from stdin, when "-" command line argument used.
      - And many more...
      This means that all the planned big changes have been included. But most of
      them need more work. I'll release 5.0a as soon as 4.6 is out and appears to
      be doing well.

      But now, version 4.6b. Just bug fixes. See "src/version.c" for the complete
      list. The most important ones:

      - Changed name of tempfile for writing viminfo file. Put it in the same
      directory as the viminfo file, so it doesn't need to be copied. Preserve
      protection of old viminfo file. Improved check for permission to overwrite
      existing viminfo file.

      - Added 'a' and 'A' flags to 'cpoptions', included by default. Allows setting
      of alternate filename by ":read" and ":write" to be disabled.

      - Fixed: ":gui" would crash when the geometry from .Xdefaults has more lines
      than the terminal window.

      - Ignore certain lines in viminfo, allowing for future expansion.

      Note that the list of distribution sites has been updated. There is a mirror
      in South Africa now!


      VIM Distribution Sites

      Vim can be found at:
      ftp://ftp.oce.nl/pub/misc/vim/ (Holland)

      ftp://jagubox.gsfc.nasa.gov/pub/unix/vim/ (USA, fast)
      ftp://ftp.nuxi.com/pub/vim (USA, fast)
      ftp://nuxi.ucdavis.edu/pub/vim (USA, fast)
      ftp://petrified.cic.net/mirrors/vim/ (USA)
      ftp://ftp.fu-berlin.de/pub/misc/editors/vim/ (Germany)
      ftp://ftp.is.co.za/applications/editors/vim/ (South Africa)
      ftp://ftp.uni-erlangen.de/pub/utilities/vim/ (Germany, incomplete)

      A Linux binary statically linked with Motif can soon be found at:

      A few Win32 binaries (for NT on Alpha, MIPS and PowerPC) can be found at:

      Files (in .../vim/beta-test/):

      amiga/vim46bsrc.lha Amiga packed sources (excluding src/tags)
      amiga/vim46bbin.lha Amiga binary + docs

      atari/... Atari MiNT version (a bit later).

      os2/vim46bos2.zip OS/2 binary (a bit later).

      pc/vim46bsrc.zip MS-DOS packed sources (with CR-LF)
      pc/vim46br16.zip 16 bits MS-DOS binary + docs
      pc/vim46bp32.zip 32 bits MS-DOS binary + docs
      pc/vim46bw32.zip Windows 95/NT binary + docs

      unix/vim-4.6b.tar.gz gzipped tar archive with sources + docs
      unix/vim-45-46b.diff.gz gzipped diff between 4.5 and 4.6b
      unix/vim-46a-46b.diff.gz gzipped diff between 4.6a and 4.6b

      vim_46b.txt this file
      README README for version 4.6b

      If you have problems with the diff for the documentation files, that's
      probably because there is a star in the first column of the first line in each
      file. You'll have to fix this by hand.

      -- What's next? --

      Release 4.6 when beta testing has finished.

      Release 5.0a ALPHA in a couple of weeks.

      -- Porting --

      Most ports are going just fine. Still new or incomplete are:

      Axel Kielhorn has been very quiet, but Dany St-Amant started working on it.
      Will take some time.

      The first version has been made available. I didn't get any feedback, this
      probably means it runs just fine... It's a separate set of files instead of a
      patch, because file names have been changed to fit VMS. Still at version 4.5.

      -- Reporting bugs --

      If you run into bugs or just don't like what you see, let me know. Best is to
      send me patches if you can. Otherwise send me a clear description of the
      problem. Include info about the machine you run it on, and the output of:
      :set all
      :set termcap
      And any other things that apply. Send it to <mool@...>.

      -- Vim mailing lists --

      There are three mailing lists for Vim:

      <vim@...-berlin.de> about using Vim
      <vimdev@...-berlin.de> about developing Vim
      <vimannounce@...-berlin.de> announcements

      If you want to join send a message to
      and put "info" in the body (not in the Subject). Then Majordomo will give you
      a little help. If you have trouble with a mailing list, send a message to
      Felix von Leitner, who made this mailing list work:
      Don't ask him to subscribe or remove you from the list, use majordomo for

      Happy Vimming!

      He was not in the least bit scared to be mashed into a pulp
      Or to have his eyes gouged out and his elbows broken;
      To have his kneecaps split and his body burned away
      And his limbs all hacked and mangled, brave Sir Robin.
      "Monty Python and the Holy Grail" PYTHON (MONTY) PICTURES LTD

      --/-/-------------- Bram Moolenaar ---- mool@... -------------------\-\--
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