Vim 7.3b ready for beta testing

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Bram Moolenaar

Jul 25, 2010, 12:38:17 PM7/25/10

Hello Vim users,

Announcing: Vim (Vi IMproved) version 7.3b BETA

This is a BETA release of Vim 7.3. It consists of Vim 7.2 plus all
patches, updated runtime files and some more.

7.3b both includes lots of fixes and a few new features. Everything
needs to be tested to verify no new problems have been introduced.

Please report every problem you find! The time until a 7.3 release
depends on how many problems are reported.

The biggest additions since 7.2:
- Persistent undo, undo for reload
- Blowfish encryption, also encrypt the swap file
- Conceal text (note: since 7.3a 'conc' was renamed to 'cole')
- Lua interface
- Python 3 interface

I will no longer include new features in 7.3, it's only testing now.

Once you have installed Vim 7.3b BETA you can find details about the
changes since Vim 7.2 with:
:help version-7.3

Known problem: The MS-Windows self-installing executable for 7.2a has
set the wrong path for the uninstaller. Installing Vim 7.3b after 7.3a
will give an error message. You can uninstall Vim 7.3a through the
menu: Start/All Programs/Vim 7.3a/Uninstall


Please especially test the persistent undo and encryption. These need
to work reliably.

Report anything that isn't right. That includes a crash but also a typo
in the documentation and a missing file.


If you like Vim, this is the way to say thanks:

Where to get it

The best way to obtain the latest Vim 7.3 is using Mercurial.
hg clone vim
cd vim
hg update vim73
More information here:

All downloadable files can be found below this directory:

Information about which files to download for what system (don't use the
links, they are still for Vim 7.2):

A list of mirror sites can be found here:

An overview of the files below "unstable":

unix/vim-7.3b.tar.bz2 sources + runtime files, bzip2 compressed

MS-WINDOWS one-size-fits-all:
pc/gvim73b.exe self-installing, includes all runtime files

doc/ help files converted to HTML

MS-WINDOWS separate files:
pc/ runtime files
pc/ GUI binary for Windows 95/98/NT/2000/XP
pc/ GUI binary with OLE support
pc/ GUI binary for Windows 3.1 (untested)
pc/ console version for MS-DOS/Windows 95/98
pc/ console version for Windows NT/2000/XP
pc/ sources for PC (with CR-LF)

unix/vim-7.3a-7.3b.diff.gz sources + runtime files

Omitted in this version are:
- Extra and lang archives, these are now included in the main source
and runtime archives.
- The 16-bit DOS, OS/2 and Amiga versions, these are obsolete.

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

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

Subject specific lists:
Multi-byte issues:
Macintosh issues:

Before you ask a question you should search the archives, someone may
already have given the answer.

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 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!

Happy Vimming!

<Beeth> Girls are like internet domain names,
the ones I like are already taken.
<honx> Well, you can stil get one from a strange country :-P

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