I was just browsing through the Vim source code, and found that indeed, the above text is hard-coded into the
version.c file. You'll need to download the latest version of the source code, either from the Google Code repository linked above, or from your latest distribution's package repository.
Once you have the source code, go through the file outlined above to find the strings you want to replace. There are several different cases in the file, but you should be able to simply find-and-replace most of it (just be careful not to modify the semantics of the source code, or you might have compilation issues!). In particular, the message is printed in the
After the changes have been made, you should be able to just call
make and then
make install (from the base source code directory, the one with the
Makefile) - and that should be it!
As an alternative method, depending on your OS/other limitations (signed binaries, etc...), you could use a hex editor on the binary to find-and-replace the strings you wanted directly in the compiled application. However, you need to use caution, as you can only write over what's already there. This implies that you cannot remove and add characters; you can, however, just use spaces to ignore some stuff...