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Release Digest: General, June 2, 2003

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Vim (Vi IMproved) 6.2

[ Thanks to Aschwin Marsman for this link. ]

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 bugs.

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 Amiga.

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:


Happy Vimming!