Vim 7.4x ready for beta testing

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Bram Moolenaar

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Aug 28, 2016, 2:48:18 PM8/28/16
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Hello Vim users,


Announcing: Vim (Vi IMproved) version 7.4x BETA


This is the first BETA release for Vim 8

Please check that the distribution is OK. I haven't done one for a long
time. Report anything that isn't right. That includes a crash but also
a typo in the documentation or a missing file.


Once you have installed Vim 7.4x BETA you can find details about the
changes since Vim 7.4 with:
:help version8

Note that the reported version is 7.4.2287.


Gratitude
---------

If you like Vim, please consider helping poor children in the south of
Uganda: http://iccf-holland.org


Where to get it
---------------

The best way to obtain the latest Vim is using Git. Summary:
git clone https://github.com/vim/vim.git
More information here: http://www.vim.org/git.php

For MS-Windows most of you will want the self-installing executable:
ftp://ftp.vim.org/pub/vim/unstable/pc/gvim74x.exe

Information about which files to download for what system (don't use the
links, they are still for Vim 7.4):
http://www.vim.org/download.php

A list of mirror sites can be found here:
http://www.vim.org/mirrors.php


The files available for download:

UNIX:
sources + runtime files, bzip2 compressed:
ftp://ftp.vim.org/pub/vim/unstable/unix/vim-7.4x.tar.bz2

VARIOUS:
help files converted to HTML:
ftp://ftp.vim.org/pub/vim/unstable/doc/vim74xhtml.zip

MS-WINDOWS one-size-fits-all:
Self-installing, includes all runtime files, loads libraries dynamically:
ftp://ftp.vim.org/pub/vim/unstable/pc/gvim74x.exe

MS-WINDOWS separate files:
Runtime files:
ftp://ftp.vim.org/pub/vim/unstable/pc/vim74xrt.zip
GUI binary for Windows 95/98/NT/2000/XP/7:
ftp://ftp.vim.org/pub/vim/unstable/pc/gvim74x.zip
GUI binary with OLE support:
ftp://ftp.vim.org/pub/vim/unstable/pc/gvim74xole.zip
Console version for Windows NT/2000/XP/7:
ftp://ftp.vim.org/pub/vim/unstable/pc/vim74xw32.zip
Sources for PC (with CR-LF):
ftp://ftp.vim.org/pub/vim/unstable/pc/vim74xsrc.zip

For debugging:
ftp://ftp.vim.org/pub/vim/unstable/pc/gvim74x.pdb
ftp://ftp.vim.org/pub/vim/unstable/pc/gvim74xole.pdb
ftp://ftp.vim.org/pub/vim/unstable/pc/vim74xw32.pdb


Omitted in this version are:
- The 16-bit DOS, OS/2 and Amiga versions, these are obsolete.
- The 32-bit console version for MS-DOS/Windows 95/98
- The 16 bit MS-Windows version


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, discuss new features or get the
latest patches, subscribe to the vim-dev mailing list. See
http://www.vim.org/maillist.php#vim-dev

Subject specific lists:
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 <vim...@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.

Alternatively, create an issue at github and/or a pull request.
Please try to write a test that reproduces the problem and will pass
once it is fixed. See https://github.com/vim/vim


Happy Vimming!


--
Q: What kind of stuff do you do?
A: I collect hobbies.

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