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1. about the VI i don't know, when i want to edit a file or make a file i just type
2. about the character set, don't know, because when i type letters, it shows just fine (but i'm from belgium, so we don't have special characters)
3. you copy text into a file you're editing like, select the text you want to copy, hit CTRL+C and when you are in the VI press the RIGHT MOUSE BUTTON. anyways, this works for me
4.you create a file with
As per post #5, in most distros, the vi cmd is aliased to vim (different to a symlink). HOWEVER, vi is usually also actually installed as well. Try 'which vi' to find it if you really want vi not vim. Or try 'which vim' and search the reported dir for vi.
If CentOS behaves like Fedora, running vi will get you a minimal version of vim, whereas running vim gets you the full-blown editor. One obvious difference is syntax highlighting - vim does it; vi doesn't.