Compiling Vim with modern features
I prefer the most updated version of
vim these days. First, you must make
sure that you have installed the required dependencies for building.
$ apt install \ libx11-dev \ libxt-dev
If you want support for
lua you need to link to some library files in
# Fix lua paths $ ln -s /usr/include/lua5.3 /usr/include/lua $ ln -s /usr/lib/x86_64-linux-gnu/liblua5.3.so /usr/local/lib/liblua.so
Finally, configure the build process. Enabling the following features is just
an example. Personally, I use
vim on the command line only, nonetheless, it
makes sense to configure
--with-x to have access to the system clipboards in
recommended if you want to notice missing dependencies that are required for
the provided configuration.
$ ./configure \ --enable-pythoninterp \ --enable-python3interp \ --enable-luainterp \ --with-features=huge \ --with-x \ --enable-fail-if-missing
Depending on your system, the dependencies listed at the top of this post are
not sufficient. Most probably you must install other libraries and restart the
configuration. If that is the case (or if you change the arguments of
./configure) remember to run the following command. This will clean the
cached results of the configuration run previously.
$ make distclean
When configuring the built process was successful, you can start the built process and install the compiled files.
$ make $ make install
You can double-check whether the version you compiled includes all features
vim --version. This will return the version and a list of compiled
If you want to compile from source again, first, run the following command to clean the build directory.
$ make clean
To remove the compiled files from
/usr and others run