:help does not work

Bug #110972 reported by JPoje on 2007-04-29
4
Affects Status Importance Assigned to Milestone
vim (Debian)
Fix Released
Unknown
vim (Ubuntu)
Wishlist
Unassigned

Bug Description

-Info:
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

-Version:
Ubuntu 7.04
Vim 7.0.164

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.

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)].

JPoje (jamespoje) wrote :

Filed against wrong package

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.

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) on 2007-05-15
Changed in vim:
importance: Undecided → Wishlist
Micah Cowan (micahcowan) on 2008-01-28
Changed in vim:
assignee: micahcowan → nobody
status: In Progress → Confirmed
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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