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Ubuntu 11.04 comes with vim 7.3.35 in the repos, and this version has a bug which is preventing me from using the Command-T plugin (the bug is which was apparently fixed in 7.3.154.

How can I update my local vim to at least this version? Do I have to completely uninstall and build from source or is there a PPA out there somewhere I can't find?

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up vote -2 down vote accepted

I've blogged about this... It took me couple of hours so you may want to check it out blog entrie

Kresimir Bojcic

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Twitter link dead. – pi. Jul 9 '13 at 7:24
Can the content of this answer be updated? The link is dead. – kzh Oct 29 '14 at 16:11

Similarly, can't find a more up-to-date PPA on Launchpad. The 11.10 repositories have yet to be updated with a more recent version than in Natty.

You could uninstall VIM and compile the most recent source as per this AU answer: Where can I find Vim 7.3?

Alternatively you could try the Debian unstable packages here:

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I found a ppa that updates vim on this answer

sudo apt-add-repository ppa:blueyed/ppa
sudo apt-get update
sudo apt-get install vim
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thanks for providing a pain-free copy-paste solution! – Eric Hu Feb 19 '13 at 5:15
W: Failed to fetch… 404 Not Found – Von Dec 8 '13 at 23:00
@Von: The package exists; try again or check your sources. – egarcia Dec 10 '13 at 15:00

egarcia's answer helped me install a newer version of vim, which I appreciate, but I still had a problem. A plugin I wanted to install required vim 7.3.584+, which wasn't available via that PPA.

For those in the same boat as I was, I found this guide for installing higher versions of vim by compiling vim from source. As the guide says, don't worry, it's easy.

(Aside, that plugin is the reason I wanted a newer version of vim. It's fantastic autocomplete)

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