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Vim 7 on Red Hat Enterprise Linux (RHEL) October 15, 2010

Following my last post I moved on to installing Vim 7.x as the one that comes with RHEL 4 is pretty outdated (6.x).

Vim 7.2 from SVN

Tested on RHEL 4 i386:

$ cd ~
$ svn co https://vim.svn.sourceforge.net/svnroot/vim/vim7
$ cd vim7
$ ./configure --prefix=/usr --with-features=huge --disable-gui --without-x --enable-rubyinterp --enable-cscope --enable-multibyte
$ make && make install
$ vim --version
VIM - Vi IMproved 7.2 (2008 Aug 9)

Vim 7.3 from Mercurial

Tested on RHEL 5 x86_64:

$ cd ~
$ yum install hg ncurses-devel
$ hg clone https://vim.googlecode.com/hg/ vim
$ cd vim
$ ./configure --prefix=/usr --with-features=huge --disable-gui --without-x --enable-rubyinterp --enable-cscope --enable-multibyte
$ make && make install
$ vim --version
VIM - Vi IMproved 7.3 (2010 Aug 15)

RHEL 4 comes with up2date. I tried -i mercurial and -i hg, but both failed. Vim offers an archived download so you can skip steps 3-4 above and instead use:

# [..]
$ wget ftp://ftp.vim.org/pub/vim/unix/vim-7.3.tar.bz2
$ tar xjvf vim-7.3.tar.bz2
$ cd vim73
# [..]

Let me know if this post helped you or if you had to install any additional libraries.

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