I've read that blowfish2 encryption is available on VIM 7.4.399. For some reason, my version—7.4.52—does not have blowfish2 capabilities (it has blowfish capabilities, though).

I used sudo apt install vim-gnome to install VIM. Is there a vimball or something of the sort I can use to enable blowfish2?

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Since the command you mention includes apt I suppose you're on debian or a linux distribution based on it (ubuntu, mint).

I've looked on ubuntu's website and found a vim-gnome package for the latest LTS (14.04).

Its version is 7.4.052 which is not enough if blowfish2 support was added in version 7.4.399.

If you're on ubuntu 14.04, to install a more recent version of vim-gnome, you could add this ppa to the list of your repositories :

sudo add-apt-repository ppa:pi-rho/dev

Then update and upgrade.

The latest version of vim-gnome from this ppa is 7.4.899, which should be enough.

Since there are different versions of vim, with different features (vim-tiny, vim-gnome ...), you could also check that you're calling the desired version by typing :

sudo update-alternatives --config vim
  • Ah! Your solution worked perfectly, thank you. My VIM screen says "7.4.52," but, as you said—the version is actually 7.4.052. Might this be a [very] small bug? Commented Nov 8, 2015 at 15:52
  • I'm glad it helped you. If the package name includes the zero but not the version reported inside your program, it's a bit misleading, I agree with you.
    – saginaw
    Commented Nov 8, 2015 at 18:23

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