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I'm trying to build VIM with Python/Perl support under Cygwin.

Has anyone done this and can shed some light how this is achieved?

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why do you need the cygwin-version of vim? the native win32-version is built with python support ... –  akira Jan 26 '12 at 20:03

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  1. Uninstall your cygwin vim

  2. Get the source vim with Mercurial (or just download it, but using mercurial is recommended, see http://www.vim.org/download.php), in your cygwin terminal type:

    hg clone https://vim.googlecode.com/hg/ vim
  3. Build VIM

    cd vim
    ./configure --enable-rubyinterp --enable-perlinterp --enable-pythoninterp --enable-gui=no --enable-multibyte
    make && make install
  4. Check if everything worked

    vim --version
    ........ +perl ..... +python ...... +ruby
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I am not sure what you mean. If i remember correctly vim is already provided as a binary for cygwin. http://cs.nyu.edu/~yap/prog/cygwin/FAQs.html#gvim

If you would just like to have python support in vim you might want to have a vim plugin installed.

Check out http://www.vim.org/scripts for plugins.

Here is for example python code completion i use: http://www.vim.org/scripts/script.php?script_id=850

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