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Old 09-04-2013, 08:43 PM   #1
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can't find Vim - Ubuntu software centre confirms I installed it


but I can't for the life of me find it via the dropdown menu on the left. I used the Application Finder utility in that dropdown menu but it doesn't indicate that it can find it ?!?!?!
 
Old 09-04-2013, 08:46 PM   #2
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Not sure vim would be in a drop menu - it is a terminal based editor.

Have you tried to open a teminal and run it from there (just type vim then enter).
 
Old 09-04-2013, 08:56 PM   #3
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tks @astrogeek; not sure how to do that, prolly a good tutorial/learning project for tomorrow a.m. ;-) tks for the headsup.
 
Old 09-04-2013, 09:07 PM   #4
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tks @astrogeek; not sure how to do that, prolly a good tutorial/learning project for tomorrow a.m. ;-) tks for the headsup.
I am not sure either in Ubuntu, but there should be a menu item for Terminals, or xterm, urxvt, something like those.

I am sure an Ubuntu user can chime in here and point you in the right direction though!

If you know nothing about vim then you might find it a little confusing when you open it up, but it comes with a great tutorial program - simply type vimtutor instead of vim to start it.
 
Old 09-05-2013, 10:35 AM   #5
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If you are using a recent release of Ubuntu, you can click the Ubuntu logo icon, usually in the upper left of the Desktop and it will open a transparant window and you have a search box. Type terminal. You can also hold down the Ctrl+Alt+t keys simultaneously to open a terminal.
 
Old 09-05-2013, 11:40 AM   #6
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but I can't for the life of me find it via the dropdown menu on the left. I used the Application Finder utility in that dropdown menu but it doesn't indicate that it can find it ?!?!?!
Vim is a text based editor, so what you will need to do is hit CTRL + ALT + T to open a term window. Once in the term windows you can use vim to edit the file. Be default the term will open in the home directory. So if the file you want to edit is called file.txt you would use vi file.txt and that will open it up in vim


Here a list of the vim commands if you are not familiar with it

http://www.fprintf.net/vimCheatSheet.html

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Old 09-05-2013, 11:44 AM   #7
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If you want a graphical Vim you can install GVim.
 
Old 09-05-2013, 12:44 PM   #8
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Open up a terminal and type vi.
If your file is in a especific path then you type the whole thing.. E.g.
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 $ vi /home/TroN-0074/Documents/file
Vim requires lots of especial commands and some reading might be needed before doing some work with it
By the way Ctrl+Alt+T is not standard on all distros nor in all desktops manager but that is a short cut to bring up terminal

Good luck to you

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