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Why was it removed and is there a way to get it? I know about this post but I am curious as to why it would have been removed?

Also if you do an install like this:

apt-get install vim vim-scripts vim-doc vim-latexsuite vim-gui-common vim-gnome

What is actually happening? Are there different versions of vim installed or does it compile vim with all those options or ...???

Sorry about the multiple questions here but it would seem silly to break them out into individual questions since they are all very related.

BTW I am using 10.04 LTS

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It has been replaced by vim-gnome. Packages often get renamed between releaases. This change has been in the works since Hardy.

From Jaunty "This package is simply a transitional package from vim-full to vim-gnome."

Found on Ubuntu pacakges list

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vim-full was replaced by vim-gnome. See BillThor's answer for a bit more specifics.

vim is broken down into sub packages: vim is the core binary, vim-scripts are some extra scripts related to vim, vim-doc is the documentation for vim, vim-gui-common is common components for the graphical interface to vim, and vim-gnome is the gnome-specific application for launching a GUI version of vim.

These are broken down because not everyone wants all of these components. If I only work from the command line and already know how to use vim (or any other application), then the *-gui-common and *-gnome and *-doc packages make for a lot of wasted space and time downloading them.

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Thanks for the info. Follow on question: If I want to get the perl, python, tcl and ruby I can just keep adding the sub-packges and it should work fine? – stephenmm Jun 5 '10 at 4:23
@stephenmm Generally you only install what you need. If you want the command line interpreters, then install perl, python, tcl, and ruby. These will include the executables and standard libraries. If you need specific submodules, install as needed. (like libapache2.2-perl (I think?) if you want perl module for apache). The best way to list submodules is with something like apt-get install .*perl.*. You shouldn't blindly install all of these unless you need them, however. Otherwise, it just wastes space. – Darth Android Jun 5 '10 at 4:34
Sorry for the confusion. What I meant to say was that If I need the python-enabled version of vim and the the perl-enbaled version of vim and ... I can just "apt-get install vim-perl vim-python vim-ruby vim-tcl"? I use a lot of vim plugins and different plugins require all these to be enabled. – stephenmm Jun 5 '10 at 4:54
Yes, you can, assuming those are the names of the packages. You can use apt-cache's search option to list all packages that start with vim, or just try apt-get install vim-.* - It'll ask to confirm which packages to install. – Darth Android Jun 5 '10 at 5:08

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