Vim version 7.2 released!

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Bram Moolenaar

Aug 9, 2008, 2:18:37 PM8/9/08

Hello Vim users,

Announcing: Vim (Vi IMproved) version 7.2

This is a minor release of Vim. In the 15 months since Vim 7.1 many
bugs were fixed and runtime files have been added and updated. There
are also security improvements, therefore it's a good idea to upgrade.

The main new feature since 7.1 is floating point support. You can use
it in the Vim script language to add up a list of amounts, for example.

Once you have installed Vim 7.2 you can find details about the changes
since Vim 7.1 with ":help version-7.2".


The new O'Reilly book "Learning the Vi and Vim editors" is now
available. See

I will not make an Amiga or OS/2 binary for Vim 7.2. A Mac version is
hopefully available soon on and/or from the MacVim
project at
A Win64 binary should be available soon at

There is no 16-bit DOS version, the executable is too big to fit in the
limited memory space.


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

Where to get it

All files can be found below this directory:

Information about which files to download for what system:

A list of mirror sites can be found here:

Vim 7.2 is also available from CVS. Subversion will follow later.

The Aap files have also been updated, see

An overview of the files:

unix/vim-7.2.tar.bz2 sources + runtime files, bzip2 compressed

MS-WINDOWS one-size-fits-all:
pc/gvim72.exe self-installing, includes all runtime files

extra/vim-7.2-extra.tar.gz source files for non-Unix platforms
extra/vim-7.2-lang.tar.gz multi-language files
doc/ help files converted to HTML

MS-WINDOWS separate files:
pc/ runtime files
pc/ files for translated messages and menus
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-7.1-7.2.diff.gz sources + runtime files
extra/vim-7.1-7.2-extra.diff.gz extra files
extra/vim-7.1-7.2-lang.diff.gz multi-language files

unstable/unix/vim-7.2c-7.2.diff.gz sources + runtime files
unstable/extra/vim-7.2c-7.2-extra.diff.gz extra files
unstable/extra/vim-7.2c-7.2-lang.diff.gz multi-language files

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!

If something needs discussing with other developers, send a message to the
vim-dev mailing list. You need to subscribe first.

Happy Vimming!

"Software is like sex... it's better when it's free."
-- Linus Torvalds, initiator of the free Linux OS
Makes me wonder what FSF stands for...?

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