Bug#401000: vim: Vim not handling .gz files anymore

Peter Eckersley pde at csse.unimelb.edu.au
Mon Dec 4 20:08:07 UTC 2006

On 04/12/06, James Vega <jamessan at debian.org> wrote:
> On Wed, Nov 29, 2006 at 04:59:45PM -0800, Peter Eckersley wrote:
> > After a recent upgrade (to version 7+), vim on my system stopped
> decompressing
> > .gz files automatically.  This looks a bit like #348661.
> If this is the same problem as #348661, then you chose not to accept the
> maintainer version (or perform a merge) of /etc/vim/vimrc when
> upgrading.  Running ":set runtimepath?" in vim will likely have
> /usr/share/vim/vim64 (or vim63 depending on what you upgraded from)
> instead of /usr/share/vim/vim70.

You'll probably also have an
> /etc/vim/vimrc.dpkg-new or .dpkg-dist which is the newer maintainer
> version of the file.

Nope, it isn't that -- I think I have the latest /etc/vim/vimrc (no -new or
-dist versions, just -old)

md5sum /etc/vim/vimrc

My runtime path is pretty weird:


I guess that's being set by the old binary that's in /usr/bin/vim

 strings /usr/bin/vim | grep vimfiles

Maybe the install scripts should check for old redirects on /usr/bin/vim and
remove them?

Also, you can check /var/log/dpkg.log to see from which version you
> upgraded.

Very useful to know :).  The output of:

cd /var/log ; zgrep vim `ls --sort=time dpkg*`

is at http://www.cs.mu.oz.au/bugs/vim-upgrades.gz

I think it was the 2006-10-11 upgrades that caused the problem.

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