• Dependencies (Building Vim)

    sudo apt-get install build-essential libncurses5-dev
    sudo apt-get install libgnome2-dev libgnomeui-dev libgtk2.0-dev libatk1.0-dev libbonoboui2-dev libcairo2-dev libx11-dev libxpm-dev libxt-dev
    sudo apt-get install python2.7-dev

    Note: To see a list of dependencies which Ubuntu thinks are required for vim, run apt-get build-dep vim.

  • Configure

    cd ~/repo/src
    hg clone vim
    cd ~/repo/src/vim/src/
    rm auto/config.cache
    make distclean
    ./configure --enable-pythoninterp --enable-gui=gnome2 --with-features=huge --enable-multibyte

    Check the output from the configure command. Near the beginning of the output is the following section:

    checking for python... /usr/bin/python
    checking Python version... 2.7
    checking Python is 1.4 or better... yep
    checking Python's install prefix... /usr
    checking Python's execution prefix... /usr
    checking Python's configuration directory... /usr/lib/python2.7/config

    Note: Make sure that the configuration directory is found.

    A bit further down you can find the GUI support section:

    checking --enable-gui argument... GNOME 2.x GUI support

    Note: Make sure that you have GUI support.

  • Run

    Note: Before vim will run correctly, we must do a make install.

    If you want to install in your home directory, edit the ``Makefile`` and
    search for the line:
    #prefix = $(HOME)
    Remove the # at the start of the line.
    To install Vim do:
    make install
    That should move all the relevant files to the right place.  Now you can try
    running vim to verify that it works.  Use two simple tests to check if Vim can
    find its runtime files:
    :syntax enable
    If this doesn't work, use this command to check where Vim is looking for the
    runtime files:
    :echo $VIMRUNTIME
    You can also start Vim with the "-V" argument to see what happens during
    vim -V
    cd ~/repo/src/vim/src/
    ./vim -g



python Support

To check if your version of vim supports python run the version command… See Config, version.

To download a version of vim which includes support for python, download the Windows Vim installers without Cream. (I found this link on the Cream download page).