A.J.Mechelynck wrote:
Larry Alkoff wrote:
A.J.Mechelynck wrote:
Larry Alkoff wrote:
Charles E Campbell Jr wrote:
Larry Alkoff wrote:

I have a desktop and newly configured laptop with different versions of vim.

The desktop has vim 6.4.6 which contains the lines in ~/.vimrc
set mouse=a
syntax on
They show in :help

The laptop has vim 7.0.35 and gives an error on the above two vimrc commands. Also they don't show in :help.

What has happened in vim 7? Are there replacements for syntax on and set mouse?

These commands are fine.  So, bring up your new vim and type:

What does that show?

Chip Campbell

Hello Chip.

:version shows 7.0

It ought to show about a page of info. See at bottom for instance what mine displays.

The error I get is:

[EMAIL PROTECTED] X11 # vi xorg.conf
Error detected while processing /home/lba/.vimrc:
line   52:
E319: Sorry, the command is not available in this version:   syntax on
line  121:
E538: No mouse support: mouse=a
Press ENTER or type command to continue

Where line 52 says:
syntax on

and line 121 says:
set mouse=a


My vim is from Kubuntu Edgy Eft. It would be surprising if they crippled the help.

Here is my :version. I thought you only wanted the version number - sorry.

VIM - Vi IMproved 6.4 (2005 Oct 15, compiled May 23 2006 12:03:57)
Included patches: 1-6
Big version without GUI.  Features included (+) or not (-):
+arabic +autocmd -balloon_eval -browse ++builtin_terms +byte_offset +cindent -clientserver -clipboard +cmdline_compl +cmdline_hist +cmdline_info +comments +cryptv +cscope +dialog_con +diff +digraphs -dnd -ebcdic +emacs_tags +eval +ex_extra +extra_search +farsi +file_in_path +find_in_path +folding -footer +fork() +gettext -hangul_input +iconv +insert_expand +jumplist +keymap +langmap +libcall +linebreak +lispindent +listcmds +localmap +menu +mksession +modify_fname +mouse -mouseshape +mouse_dec +mouse_gpm -mouse_jsbterm +mouse_netterm +mouse_xterm +multi_byte +multi_lang -netbeans_intg -osfiletype +path_extra -perl +postscript +printer -python +quickfix +rightleft -ruby +scrollbind +signs +smartindent -sniff +statusline -sun_workshop +syntax +tag_binary +tag_old_static -tag_any_white -tcl +terminfo +termresponse +textobjects +title -toolbar +user_commands +vertsplit +virtualedit +visual +visualextra +viminfo +vreplace +wildignore +wildmenu +windows +writebackup -X11 -xfontset -xim -xsmp
-xterm_clipboard -xterm_save
   system vimrc file: "$VIM/vimrc"
     user vimrc file: "$HOME/.vimrc"
      user exrc file: "$HOME/.exrc"
  fall-back for $VIM: "/usr/share/vim"
Compilation: gcc -c -I. -Iproto -DHAVE_CONFIG_H     -O2 -g -Wall
Linking: gcc   -L/usr/local/lib -o vim       -lncurses -lgpm
Hit ENTER or type command to continue

I've tried various things to continue the listing but it always goes back to the main editing screen. Please tell me how to see the rest of it.


The above is the complete listing for that version. You can also get it into a file or (if compiled with clipboard support) into the clipboard, by using the ":redir" command (see ":help :redir"). Or even at the shell prompt:

    vim --version >version.text

The listing you gave above is for Vim 6.4.6 which has +mouse and +version, and where your vimrc should work with no error. If you do

    vi --version >version7.txt

on your 7.0 version, I expect you'll see "Tiny version without GUI" and also -mouse and -syntax, which explain the errors you got. On the same system, using "vim" rather than "vi" should cure the error, if some "vim" program is installed under that name. On RedHat-like system, there are up to four "vim" packages, all of which can be installed side-by-side:

        required by each of the others
        contains the runtime files
        contains no editor executables
        a "minimum" version of Vim, installed as /bin/vi
includes neither syntax highlighting, mouse support, nor even
        expression evaluation
        it will be mounted even in single-user mode
        an all-purpose Vim for use in console mode
        installed as /usr/bin/vim
        contains almost everything except the GUI code
        installed as /usr/X11R6/bin/gvim
        contains everything, including the GUI.

You may install all four packages, then invoke Vim as:
- vi    only when working in single-user mode (for system repairs), if
        /usr is not mounted or is corrupt.
- vim   in Console mode
- gvim  when working in an X11 window manager.

You should also bracket the vimrc lines which give an error in some versions, such as:

    if has("syntax")
        syntax on
    if has("mouse")
        set mouse=a

Versions without expression evaluation will skip everything from "if" to "endif", thus also giving no error.

Best regards,

Tony you were absolutely correct. I posted the :version from my Desktop machine by error. The Laptop machine does indeed say "Small version without GUI" and -mouse & -syntax. Pretty good debugging for a machine you have never seen <g>

I'll see about installing the bigger brothers.

Thanks also for pointing out how to redirect the :version info to a file and how to bracket lines that cause errors in .vimrc with if/endif statements.

With a little help from guys like you, I _will_ master this beast.


Larry Alkoff N2LA - Austin TX
Using Thunderbird on Linux

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