Vim 7.3 is out, but not available in the sources. Where can I get an installation package for the 7.3 version? I don't want to install it manually.
I built vim from sources using this sequence of commands:
sudo apt-get build-dep vim-gnome sudo apt-get install libssl-dev mkdir -p ~/src hg clone https://vim.googlecode.com/hg/ ~/src/vim cd ~/src/vim ./configure --enable-multibyte --enable-pythoninterp --enable-cscope --enable-xim --with-features=big \ --with-python-config-dir=/usr/lib/python2.7/config-$(dpkg-architecture -qDEB_HOST_MULTIARCH) make
and I run it without installing by using this wrapper script
#!/bin/sh vimhome=$HOME/src/vim if test -x $vimhome/src/vim; then VIMRUNTIME=$vimhome/runtime $vimhome/src/vim "$@" else /usr/bin/vim "$@" fi
But I did that only because I couldn't find a PPA back then.
Vimwiki now has some instructions for building and installing vim from source, for anyone else who finds this:
Here's the relevant text:
Building GUI Vim on Ubuntu
You need the required development packages on Ubuntu to build the GUI:
sudo apt-get install libncurses5-dev libgnome2-dev libgnomeui-dev libgtk2.0-dev libatk1.0-dev libbonoboui2-dev libcairo2-dev libx11-dev libxpm-dev libxt-dev
Commands to build and install GUI Vim:
cd vim7 cd src make distclean ./configure --with-features=huge --enable-gui=gnome2 make sudo make install
After searching quite a few times I've come across a PPA with vim 7.3 built for 10.04, 10.10, 11.04 and 11.10. There are quite a few packages in there though, so have a look through the whole list in case another package will get upgraded and cause problems for you. If you wanted to just get the vim packages you could download them - here are the 10.04 links and this page gives the full list with expandable areas under each package showing the full list of links to individual packages.
The magic incantation is:
sudo apt-add-repository ppa:blueyed/ppa sudo apt-get update sudo apt-get upgrade
Reference: How to use PPAs
You could compile it from source in which you can always get the latest and greatest. You'll need to follow these steps: libncurses5-dev 1. sudo apt-get install build-essentials libncurses5-dev
Get the latest from http://www.vim.org/download.php#unix
Extract the compressed file to a directory with bunzip2.
Enter the directory and type:
A. ./configure B. make C. sudo make install D. sudo ln -s /usr/local/bin/vim /usr/bin/vim
Done. You now have the latest version of Vim on your system.