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I really like the version/set-up of vim that is included with Debian 9 server.

This is not the same question as Ubuntu 16.10 repository providing vim 8. I am not asking about how to get Vim 8 on Ubuntu 16.04.

I am asking how I can get the specifically modified version of Vim 8 available on Debian running on Ubuntu 16.04.

Downloading the binaries from here resulted in a whole mess of dependencies and conflicts.

And I was unable to compile a Debian/Ubuntu package based on these instructions from the source available here because there doesn't seem to be any makefile or src/config.dist

dpkg-buildpackage: source package vim
dpkg-buildpackage: source version 2:8.0.0197-4+deb9u1
dpkg-buildpackage: source distribution stretch
dpkg-buildpackage: source changed by James McCoy <jamessan@debian.org>
dpkg-buildpackage: host architecture amd64
dpkg-source --before-build billd
 debian/rules build
cp src/config.mk.dist src/auto/config.mk
cp: cannot stat 'src/config.mk.dist': No such file or directory
debian/rules:269: recipe for target 'src/auto/config.mk' failed
make: *** [src/auto/config.mk] Error 1
dpkg-buildpackage: error: debian/rules build gave error exit status 2

There's also no makefile to run when running the normal make

make: *** No targets specified and no makefile found.  Stop.

How can I find or compile this modified version of vim that will run on Ubuntu 16.04?

screenshot of Debian vim

  • download it packages.debian.org/stretch/vim – ravery Dec 30 '17 at 15:00
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    Possible duplicate of Ubuntu 16.10 repository providing vim 8 – Panther Dec 30 '17 at 15:01
  • no, don't download it form debian, see the duplicate I posted, it works for 16.04 as well as 16.10 – Panther Dec 30 '17 at 15:01
  • @ravery I got the source code from your link there, but am having trouble compiling. No makefile found and don't see compiling instructions in the readme. – Bill D Dec 30 '17 at 15:13
  • @Panther The link that you posted is just for getting Vim 8 on Ubuntu 16.04. I want the specifically modified version that is available on Debian. – Bill D Dec 30 '17 at 15:14

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