Official Vim patches
For released versions patches are made available. These fix small or big
Only source code patches are provided, to get runtime file updates use
git or Mercurial.
The patches for released versions of Vim are
(the newest sort towards the end).
An overview of what each patch solves is in a README file.
For Vim 7.4 it is this
To apply a patch, you must get the sources, go to the directory where the
"src" directory is located and apply the patch with:
patch -p0 < patchfile >& logfile
To apply multiple patches you can concatenate them and pass the resulting file
to the patch program. It's a good idea to redirect the output to be able to
check for error messages.
In the past an alternative way to build Vim with the latest patches was by
using Aap. This is a tool that can build programs like make, with the addition
of being able to fetch the files needed.
Since Aap has not been used much and development is on hold, this is currently
not recommened to be used. Especially since fetching everything from github
When Aap is used it will fetch the original distribution and then apply all the
available patches. You could repeat this later and only the new patches are
downloaded and applied. You do not need to type URLs, everything is taken care
of automatically. It does require installing Aap.
The detailed explanation can still be found
Please report problems to Bram AT a-a-p.org.