[Bug 837882] Re: Vim on Ubuntu is compiled without clipboard and xterm_clipboard support

Garnet 837882 at bugs.launchpad.net
Tue Dec 20 22:55:16 UTC 2011

I just recently reset my system to reinstall everything properly.

While recompiling vim I noticed that it actually installs GUI too. Go figure.
It's probably due to gtk2 in my configure line.

So here's my summary on this bug and the way Vim is packaged in Ubuntu.

I think the reason for this problem is "vim" package because it seems redundant
and confuses users being just pumped up version of vim-tiny package with little
integration into desktop. I never knew vim-gtk and vim-gnome existed
in the first place, so "vim" always sounded like a "full, desktop version" to me.

Thus, the bug now doesn't affect me but all in all it's still a bug on it's own.
The resolution in my opinion is either to rename this package to vim-console
or simply remove it. As far as I understand it exists only for those who don't
use any desktop environment or even X but still need more features than
vim-tiny. Frankly, a hard to imagine situation for me.

Hats off to Gonzague Reydet for pointing me to vim-gtk and vim-gnome!

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  Vim on Ubuntu is compiled without clipboard and xterm_clipboard

Status in “vim” package in Ubuntu:

Bug description:
  vim --version output:

  VIM - Vi IMproved 7.3 (2010 Aug 15, compiled Mar 24 2011 07:07:02)
  Included patches: 1-35
  Modified by pkg-vim-maintainers at lists.alioth.debian.org
  Compiled by buildd@
  Huge 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 
  +conceal +cryptv +cscope +cursorbind +cursorshape +dialog_con +diff +digraphs 
  -dnd -ebcdic +emacs_tags +eval +ex_extra +extra_search +farsi +file_in_path 
  +find_in_path +float +folding -footer +fork() +gettext -hangul_input +iconv 
  +insert_expand +jumplist +keymap +langmap +libcall +linebreak +lispindent 
  +listcmds +localmap -lua +menu +mksession +modify_fname +mouse -mouseshape 
  +mouse_dec +mouse_gpm -mouse_jsbterm +mouse_netterm -mouse_sysmouse 
  +mouse_xterm +multi_byte +multi_lang -mzscheme +netbeans_intg -osfiletype 
  +path_extra -perl +persistent_undo +postscript +printer +profile +python/dyn 
  +python3/dyn +quickfix +reltime +rightleft -ruby +scrollbind +signs 
  +smartindent -sniff +startuptime +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 

  Notice “-clipboard” and “-xterm_clipboard”. This also causes + and *
  registers not to work.

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