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Official Vim patches

For released versions patches are made available. These fix small or big problems. Only source code patches are provided, to get runtime file updates use git or Mercurial.

The patches for released versions of Vim are here (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 README file.

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.

Using Aap

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 works reliably.

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 here. Please report problems to Bram AT a-a-p.org.

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