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 http://bugs.debian.org/cgi-bin/bugreport.cgi?bug=614336) 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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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: http://packages.debian.org/sid/vim


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

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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