The other day I was doing some web development work in Netbeans 7 like I had been doing for months. I was working on, at most, two or three files...real light-weight work. It gets late, I go to bed with the computer running. In the morning I wake up to a lot of the memory on my computer being used up by something. I look at NetBeans, and it's hogging up an insane amount of memory.
It had to go. After hearing the countless 'nerdgasms' about Vim I had to try it out. Although I've only just gotten started with it, and I have a ways to go before I get the kind of customization I am looking for, I am extremely impressed with it. I love how easy it is to move around and edit code. I can only imagine what it will be like when I really feel comfortable with it.
One of the things that I would like to do is upgrade to Vim 7.3. I don't want to use MacVim (I've already tried it), and I don't want to install via MacPorts/HomeBrew/Whatever. I want Vim 7.3 from source.
I've only just entered the world of Unix and having already bricked my computer once I have no desire to do it again. So, I want to make sure I know what I'm doing before I do anything stupid.
I currently have the default version of Vim 7.2. I know what directory this is located in. I can access this by typing
vim into a terminal.
I currently have a working version of Vim 7.3 installed in
~/Source Code/vim/ that I can gain access to by typing out the complete path to the Vim binary file.
My question is:
How do I safely change the command
vim in a terminal or xterm to point to my new version in
I have a feeling symbolic links are involved, but I know this is getting outside my area of comfort. So far the only thing I've been able to find on Google is the normal "Just do this through MacPorts."
Well, I don't actually learn anything through MacPorts. I don't want to just get a better editor, I want to learn something in the process.