I wanted to install Vim on my Raspberry Pi 2, but the repository only has v7.3 instead of the latest 7.4. There is some functionality missing in the old I need.

I've found that you can download the .deb directly, but I am not sure which architecture I should get. Also I won't get updates after that.

What would be the easiest way to get the latest version of this package?

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    There's a 7.4 for Raspbian jessie; note that's actually the wheezy and the jessie packages (hence a 7.3 and a 7.4 of everything). You can try and download from there and install, they will be the correct architecture, or you can go the more formal route and add jessie to your repo list, then just use apt-get...
    – goldilocks
    Commented Apr 16, 2015 at 13:49
  • ...I can't promise this will be possible, since if a jessie package has dependencies tracking to back to a newer libc, you need to upgrade the whole system to jessie. When/if you get this to work, please leave an answer of your own. One thing I strongly discourage anyone from doing is trying to compile vim from source, especially on the pi. Not only is it big, but there are a number of very unfriendly complications involved.
    – goldilocks
    Commented Apr 16, 2015 at 13:51
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    @goldilocks Yes, vi -v on Raspbian jessie on the Pi reports version 7.4.488.
    – joan
    Commented Apr 16, 2015 at 13:53
  • @goldilocks You should make an answer out of that.
    – Bex
    Commented Apr 16, 2015 at 13:57
  • Yes, the dependencies are not recent enough. How unstable are the jessie packages?
    – TomTom
    Commented Apr 16, 2015 at 17:17

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The easiest way is to run a copy of raspbian jessie, it's 10 days old. https://www.raspberrypi.org/forums/viewtopic.php?f=66&t=47944

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