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[ANNOUNCEMENT] Updated: vim-6.3-1

I've just updated vim to version 6.3-1.

This is an official new release, based on the vanilla sources.

The official release message as of two hours ago:

Announcing:  Vim (Vi IMproved) version 6.3
    Author:  Bram Moolenaar et al.


This is a bugfix release of Vim.  Since Vim 6.2 hundreds of reported
problems have been fixed.  Also included are new and updated syntax
files, translated menus and messages.

Two Beta versions revealed a number of problems, mostly for MS-Windows
98.  They have all been fixed and tested again.  A few old problems were
also fixed.  I am confident that the 6.3 release is the most stable Vim

The main new features are:
- Support for translated help files.  The files themselves are available
  separately, see
- More conversions are possible on Macintosh and MS-Windows without help
  of the iconv library.
- Amiga binaries are included again.  My Amiga was miraculously healed
  from a harddisk problem.
- The Win32 self-installing exe now also includes vim.exe, the console
  version.  Despite that the file size is smaller than before, because
  of using LZMA compression.
- When formatting text, marks are kept at the same position.
- Support for the NetBeans interface on MS-Windows.
- MS-Windows: Vim can run inside an MDI window of another application
  (see ":help -P").  Doesn't work for all MDI applications though.
- Mousewheel support on the Macintosh.

Once you have installed 6.3 you can find details about the changes since
Vim 6.2 with ":help version-6.3".  There is a long list of fixed bugs.

What is next?

Vim 7!  If I keep getting donations from sponsors and registered Vim
users I will be able to add several "big" features.  The list of votes
is an indication of the items that might get added in Vim 7:

What is Vim anyway?

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  This is also a great
place to find Vim tips and scripts!

Where to get it

Information about which files to download for what system, obtaining Vim
through Aap, CVS, etc.:

All files can be found below this directory:

A list of mirror sites can be found here:

An overview of the files:

unix/vim-6.3.tar.bz2           sources + runtime files, bzip2 compressed
        The same in parts that fit on a floppy:
  unix/vim-6.3-rt1.tar.gz        runtime files part 1
  unix/vim-6.3-rt2.tar.gz        runtime files part 2
  unix/vim-6.3-src1.tar.gz       sources part 1
  unix/vim-6.3-src2.tar.gz       sources part 2

extra/vim-6.3-extra.tar.gz     extra files
extra/vim-6.3-lang.tar.gz      multi-language files
doc/              help files converted to HTML

DIFFS between 6.3b and 6.3:
unstable/unix/vim-6.3b-6.3.diff.gz          sources and runtime files
unstable/extra/vim-6.3b-6.3-extra.diff.gz   extra files
unstable/extra/vim-6.3b-6.3-lang.diff.gz    multi-language files

pc/gvim63.exe                  self-installing, includes all runtime files,
                                   gvim.exe, vim.exe, etc.
pc/                 runtime files (use with one of the binaries)
pc/               files for translated messages and menus
pc/                  GUI binary for Windows 95/98/NT/2000/XP
pc/               GUI binary with OLE support
pc/                16 bits real mode - works on any system
pc/                32 bits protected mode - needs 386 and DPMI
pc/                console version for Windows NT/2000/XP
pc/                sources for PC (with CR-LF)

amiga/vim63rt.tgz              runtime files (always needed)
amiga/vim63bin.tgz             executable files
amiga/vim63src.tgz             sources packed for Amiga

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.  First search the archive, it is full of useful

If you want to help Vim development or get the latest patches, subscribe
to the vim-dev mailing list.

Subject specific lists:
Multi-byte issues: vim-multibyte
Macintosh issues:  vim-mac

More info on the maillists and links to the archives:

Reporting bugs

Send them to <>.  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.


Fixing bugs and adding new features takes an awful lot of time.  Through
your donations Bram will be able to have a part-time job and spend more
time on Vim.  See:

Happy Vimming!

To update your installation, click on the "Install Cygwin now" link on
the web page.  This downloads setup.exe to your
system.  Once you've downloaded setup.exe, run it and select "Editors"
and then click on the appropriate field until the above announced version
number appears if it is not displayed already.

If you have questions or comments, please send them to the Cygwin
mailing list at: .  I would appreciate it if you would
use this mailing list rather than emailing me directly.  This includes
ideas and comments about the setup utility or Cygwin in general.

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