On one laptop running Ubuntu 19.04 I have installed vim-gnome without any problems. On a second laptop running Ubuntu 19.10 I get the following error when using:

sudo apt install vim-gnome

Reading package lists... Done Building dependency tree Reading state information... Done Package vim-gnome is not available, but is referred to by another package. This may mean that the package is missing, has been obsoleted, or is only available from another source

E: Package 'vim-gnome' has no installation candidate

How can I install vim-gnome on a laptop running Ubuntu 19.10?

  • vim-gnome has not been packaged for later than 19.04, refer packages.ubuntu.com/…. I don't see the immediate cause (Qt4 is being removed; GTK2 is being removed causing other like packages to be removed) but I I don't follow it's development (ie. GTK3 changes may have require changes that haven't been performed but that's guess only).
    – guiverc
    Feb 5, 2020 at 4:15
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    I believe the package you are looking for is vim-gtk3.
    – Terrance
    Feb 5, 2020 at 4:39
  • +1 to @Terrance comment, the packages.ubuntu.com/source/eoan/vim confirms this idea, so write your idea as answer.
    – N0rbert
    Feb 5, 2020 at 20:20

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vim-gnome has been removed from the repositories for 19.10. However, the gtk3 version is available and is pretty much the same package.

sudo apt install vim-gtk3

Hope this helps!

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    Yes, vim-gtk3 has the system clipboard support which is what I was looking for. Thanks.
    – bashBedlam
    Feb 5, 2020 at 20:56

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