:help does not work

Bug #110972 reported by JPoje
Affects Status Importance Assigned to Milestone
vim (Debian)
Fix Released
vim (Ubuntu)

Bug Description

The help files for vim are either missing or misplaced in Ubuntu 7.04
The error given is:
"E433: No tags file
E149: Sorry, no help for help.txt"

-Steps to reproduce:
1. open terminal
2. type vim
3. type :help

Ubuntu 7.04
Vim 7.0.164

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Michael Bienia (geser) wrote :

Which vim package have you installed? vim-tiny or vim?

vim-tiny is a cut down version with only minimal features.
vim is the normal feature set.

"dpkg -S bin/vim" should tell you which version you've installed.

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JPoje (jamespoje) wrote :

I've got vim-tiny; didn't realize that was the default.

In light of my mistake, I support either closing the bug or modifying vim-tiny to recommend [changing the error message to reflect why the files are missing]/[including the help file (if small)].

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JPoje (jamespoje) wrote :

Filed against wrong package

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Michael Bienia (geser) wrote :

The description for vim-tiny mentions it already but could be clearer:

 This package contains a minimal version of vim compiled with no
 GUI and a small subset of features in order to keep small the
 package size. This package does not depend on the vim-runtime
 package, but installing it you will get its additional benefits
 (online documentation, plugins, ...).

The online help is included in vim-runtime.

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Micah Cowan (micahcowan) wrote :

I support updating the error to recommend installation of vim-runtime. This change should probably go into debian/tiny/vimrc.tiny.diff.

Changed in vim:
assignee: nobody → micahcowan
status: Unconfirmed → In Progress
Micah Cowan (micahcowan)
Changed in vim:
importance: Undecided → Wishlist
Micah Cowan (micahcowan)
Changed in vim:
assignee: micahcowan → nobody
status: In Progress → Confirmed
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James McCoy (jamessan) wrote :

The packaging problem which caused the help to be inaccessible was fixed in Gutsy.

Changed in vim:
status: Confirmed → Fix Released
Changed in vim:
status: Unknown → Fix Released
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