Compile Vim In Ubuntu with multi-byte and xterm_clipboard Feature

tag: vim ubuntu make multi-byte encoding xterm clipboard




I'M a Pure Linux Starter who like command line interface. So I Just installed Ubuntu without GUI 10.04. And later I installed Fluxbox Environment under the instructions here . This article describes How to compile a multi-byte and xterm_clipboard (System Clipboard) supported vim.

Why multi-byte?
I need to work with Chinese files
Why xterm_clipboard?
It will be easy for you copy and paste around in X system. And it is faster than build-in registers when the content is bigger.

Get latest Vim source code:

Pls follow the instructions on Vim's main page

To quickly build a vim:
cd /usr/local/src/vim/src
# you'd better remove original vim package on you machine before this step
sudo make install

Add multi-byte support:
#replace ./configure with following
./configure --with-features=big

Add xterm_clipboard Support:

Check if your vim supports xterm_clipboard:
  • ": Version" vim command
  • "Vim - version"

There will be a string "-xterm_clipboard or + xterm_clipboard"

Install build dependencies:
"Sudo apt-get install" or "sudo aptitude install":
  • libncurses5-dev
  • libgtk2.0-dev
  • libatk1.0-dev
  • libx11-dev
  • libxt-dev

.configure --with-features=big --enable-gui=gtk2
sudo make install

Clipboard Operation:

When you have a + xterm_clipboard version of vim, you can use following commands to operate system clipboard.
  • "+ Yy or" * yy to copy to clipboard
  • "+ P or" * p to paste from clipboard

  • With a multi-byte supported Vim, you also need a correctly configed x-term emulator (encoding). Or the Chinese characters will still be a mess.
  • I did not get a gvim through this process. And I don't know how to do that. But I'm happy because what I need is just s light weight, fast vim in terminal.
  • If you need a vim-gnome, please refer to the first reference link
  • System clipboard will be associated with different vim register on different platforms. It will always be "*" in windows version. And "+" in the build discussed here.
标签: source code, ubuntu, byte, copy and paste, linux, vim, chinese characters, aptitude, preface, x system, registers, command line interface, yy, org forum, system clipboard, clipboard support, gvim, chinese files, clipboard notes, clipboard feature
分类: OS
时间: 2010-12-27


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