[ANNOUNCEMENT] Updated: vim-7.0.017-1

Corinna Vinschen corinna-cygwin@cygwin.com
Mon Jun 12 11:45:00 GMT 2006

I have updated the version of vim on cygwin.com to 7.0.017-1.

This is the long awaited vim 7.0, latest patchlevel 17.  Cygwin Vim
still builds from the vanilla sources.

The official release message:

Announcing:  Vim (Vi IMproved) version 7.0

Vim 7 is ready!  After years of development this feature packed editor
is waiting for you.

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

- Spell checking support for about 50 languages
- Intelligent completion for C, HTML, Ruby, Python, PHP, etc.
- 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 cursor line, cursor column and matching braces
- Translated manual pages support.
- Internal grep; works on all platforms, searches compressed files
- Browsing remote directories, zip and tar archives
- Printing multi-byte text

Once you have installed Vim 7.0 you can find details about the changes
since Vim 6.4 with ":help version7".


A lot of people helped making Vim 7 possible by providing patches,
suggestions, bug reports and proofreading the documentation.  You can
find their names with ":help version7".  Many thanks to all of them!

Also thanks to Vim sponsors who supported me while working on Vim 7.  I
am now going back to a paid job.  Please continue sponsoring Vim.  The
money now goes to help children in Uganda.  The more you help them the
more I will feel obliged to work on Vim.  There is a drought right now,
we need to help 200 families with food.  http://www.vim.org/sponsor/

Where to get it

Information about which files to download for what system:

A list of mirror sites can be found here:

Downloading through ftp from:

Downloading through http from:

Using rsync:

Using Subversion:

Anonymous CVS is five week behind and doesn't have Vim 7.0 yet.

An overview of the files:

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

extra/vim-7.0-extra.tar.gz     extra (non-Unix) files
extra/vim-7.0-lang.tar.gz      multi-language files
doc/vim70html.zip              help files converted to HTML

pc/gvim70.exe                  self-installing, includes all runtime files
pc/vim70rt.zip                 runtime files
pc/vim70lang.zip               files for translated messages and menus
pc/gvim70.zip                  GUI binary for Windows 95/98/NT/2000/XP
pc/gvim70ole.zip               GUI binary with OLE support
pc/gvim70_s.zip                GUI binary for Windows 3.1 (untested)
pc/vim70d16.zip                16 bit console version for MS-DOS
pc/vim70d32.zip                console version for MS-DOS/Windows 95/98
pc/vim70w32.zip                console version for Windows NT/2000/XP
pc/vim70src.zip                sources for PC (with CR-LF)

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


You should be able to do ":set spellang=xx" and Vim will offer you to
download spell files for "xx".

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@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 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!

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.


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