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i really appreciate your help BUT
it didnt totally work....
im using version 6.1, with redhat....
whether i use vim -v filename, or vim -C filename,
it still opens, at the line, i left, the last time i edited the file....
ehdwuld "when in doubt man vim"
Since you've described yourself being "an old time unix head" I lean to giving the same reply: you should know how to find the information.
"set history=0" in your ~/.vimrc should stop it from remembering lines, "nohlsearch" shouldnt highlight searchterms, and "syntax off" should keep it from highlighting code. *If you're using X11 and Gvim, then check ~/.gvimrc.
well, i didnt.......AND, i didnt think, that a reply like that was
all too nessessary either....
ive known how to find the information, for nearly 20 years.
...and I apologize, without reservations, for any grievance I have caused you by questioning your experience and ability to search, access and comprehend the documentation provided by a mature and well-documented operating system.
I understand that you are wanting vi to act like vi did/does in older UNIX versions. The vi in Linux is not the vi in (let's say) HP-UX. Since, most apps written for UNIX are under the UNIX license. Most everything that you get in Linux is GPL'd.
So you probually are not going to get the vi that is on the 1990 AIX server at work. You will ahve to get a clone. Most vi clones have all the candy. That's why I said do a search on freshmeat and see if there is a clone.