This repository contains a Makefile and patches to produce a fully statically
linked Vim binary. Normally, when compiling Vim with
produce a statically linked executable, the generated binary still has hard
dependencies on the glibc version of the system that built the binary; a few
warnings like this one will be emitted during the build process:
misc1.c:…: warning: … requires … the glibc version used for linking
By making some relatively minor changes to the Vim codebase, the glibc version
dependency can be completely eliminated. As of February 1st, 2016, the
resulting Vim binary has the following feature set which has been tweaked from
what is normally generated with
--with-features=normal to suit my personal
Normal version without GUI. Features included (+) or not (-): +acl -farsi -mouse_sgr +tag_old_static -arabic +file_in_path -mouse_sysmouse -tag_any_white +autocmd +find_in_path -mouse_urxvt -tcl -balloon_eval +float +mouse_xterm +terminfo -browse +folding +multi_byte +termresponse +builtin_terms -footer +multi_lang +textobjects +byte_offset +fork() -mzscheme +title -channel -gettext -netbeans_intg -toolbar +cindent -hangul_input +path_extra +user_commands -clientserver +iconv -perl +vertsplit -clipboard +insert_expand +persistent_undo +virtualedit +cmdline_compl +jumplist +postscript +visual +cmdline_hist -keymap +printer +visualextra +cmdline_info -langmap -profile +viminfo +comments -libcall -python +vreplace +conceal +linebreak -python3 +wildignore +cryptv +lispindent +quickfix +wildmenu -cscope +listcmds +reltime +windows +cursorbind +localmap -rightleft +writebackup +cursorshape -lua -ruby -X11 +dialog_con +menu +scrollbind -xfontset +diff +mksession -signs -xim +digraphs +modify_fname +smartindent -xsmp -dnd +mouse -sniff -xterm_clipboard -ebcdic -mouseshape +startuptime -xterm_save -emacs_tags -mouse_dec +statusline -xpm +eval -mouse_gpm -sun_workshop +ex_extra -mouse_jsbterm +syntax +extra_search -mouse_netterm +tag_binary
In short there is little to no:
- GUI support or X11 integration
- support for scripting in any languages other than Vim script
- special support for non-US/European locales and languages
- client / server RPC's
The Makefiles and launcher script are licensed under the 2-clause BSD license.
The Makefile provides a number of different targets. The most important ones are as follows:
- all: Download, patch and build a statically linked copy of Vim. This is the default target.
- update: Update the local copy of the Vim source code if it is out of sync
with the official repository which will also implicitly cause the clean
target to be executed. If the local copy of Vim is already up-to-date, this
will fail with a non-zero exit status, and no files will be modified. This
may be useful for automatic updates (
make update && make install).
- install: Install Vim's binaries and runtime content. Refer to the
BINDIRbelow. The Vim binaries will be built as necessary when this target is used.
- uninstall: Remove the Vim binaries and runtime from
INSTALLDIRand related symlinks from
- dist: Create a distributable, compressed archive. To install Vim, simply
extract the archive on the target system,
vimdirectory and run
make install. By default, symlinks to the executables will be placed in
~/bin/. To install the symlinks in another directory, override the Makefile variable
make BINDIR=/usr/local/bin install. By default, this produces a tar.bz2 archive. Override the
DISTEXTENSIONto change this, e.g.,
make dist DISTEXTENSION=tar.xz.
- clean: Return the local Vim source code repository to a clean, unadulterated state.
- cleanest: Delete the
There are several variables defined in the Makefile that may be overridden:
INSTALLDIR, which defaults to
~/vim/, determines where the
binaries and the Vim runtime folder will be stored.
BINDIR is the directory
where symlinks to the
xxd binary and Vim launcher will be placed and should
be a folder listed in the
PATH environment variable.
tar.bz2, determines the extension and type of the distributable
vim.sh script is a wrapper used to launch the statically compiled Vim
VIMRUNTIME set to the appropriate directory and will
automatically be installed or bundled as necessary.