Updated: vim-6.2-1

Corinna Vinschen corinna-cygwin@cygwin.com
Sun Jun 1 19:39:00 GMT 2003

I've updated the version of vim to 6.2-1.

This version is an update to the today's release of Vim 6.2.

It should be available on the mirrors within a few hours.  Like previous
versions it's build with multibyte editing support but without any
interpreter support.

The official release message:
Announcing:  Vim (Vi IMproved) version 6.2 - the Amiga memorial edition
    Author:  Bram Moolenaar et al.


This is a bugfix release of Vim.  Since Vim 6.1 hundreds of reported
problems have been fixed.  Also included are new and updated syntax
files, translated menus and messages.

The main new features are:
- Support for GTK 2. (Daniel Elstner)
- Support for editing Arabic text. (Nadim Shaikli & Isam Bayazidi)
- ":try" command and exception handling. (Servatius Brandt)
- Support for the neXtaw GUI toolkit (mostly like Athena). (Alexey Froloff)
- Cscope support for Win32. (Sergey Khorev)
- Support for PostScript printing in various 8-bit encodings. (Mike Williams)

Once you have installed 6.2 you can find details about the changes
since Vim 6.1 with ":help version-6.2".  There is a long list of fixed

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://www.vim.org.  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:


All files can be found below these directories:


A list of mirror sites can be found here:


An overview of the files:

unix/vim-6.2.tar.bz2            sources + runtime files, bzip2 compressed
  unix/vim-6.2-rt1.tar.gz         runtime files part 1
  unix/vim-6.2-rt2.tar.gz         runtime files part 2
  unix/vim-6.2-src1.tar.gz        sources part 1
  unix/vim-6.2-src2.tar.gz        sources part 2
unix/vim-6.1-6.2.diff.gz        diff between 6.1 and 6.2

extra/vim-6.2-extra.tar.gz      extra files
extra/vim-6.2-lang.tar.gz       multi-language files
extra/vim-6.1-6.2-extra.diff.gz extra files diff
extra/vim-6.1-6.2-lang.diff.gz  language files diff
doc/vim62html.zip               help files converted to HTML

pc/gvim62.exe                   self-installing, includes all runtime files
pc/vim62rt.zip                  runtime files (all of them)
pc/vim62lang.zip                files for translated messages and menus
pc/gvim62.zip                   GUI binary for Windows 95/98/NT/2000/XP
pc/gvim62ole.zip                GUI binary with OLE support
pc/vim62d16.zip                 16 bits real mode - works on any system
pc/vim62d32.zip                 32 bits protected mode - needs 386 and DPMI
pc/vim62w32.zip                 console version for Windows NT/2000/XP
pc/vim62src.zip                 sources for PC (with CR-LF)

amiga/vim62rt.tgz               runtime files (always needed)
amiga/vim62src.tgz              sources packed for Amiga
                                (no binary yet, sorry)

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.  An archive
is kept at http://groups.yahoo.com/group/vim.

If you want to help Vim development 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@vim.org>.  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!

To update your installation, click on the "Install Cygwin now" link on
the http://cygwin.com/ web page.  This downloads setup.exe to your
system.  Then, run setup and answer all of the questions.

If you have general questions or comments, please send them to the
Cygwin mailing list at: "cygwin at cygwin dot com".  I would appreciate
it if you would use this mailing list rather than emailing me directly.


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