Vim colors not working as root but okay in normal logins
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There should be an example vimrc in /usr/share/vim/vim70/ called vimrc_example.vim (change the vim70 part to your vim version). Copy that to /etc/vimrc (I assume there isn't a /etc/vimrc present). Edit /etc/vimrc to your liking.
/etc/vimrc is read globally by vim, so root should read it too, no need for individual ~/.vimrc file(s) although you can still create one for specific, user dependent settings.
- Is there a root alias that starts vi(m) with the -u NORC option? [starts vim without reading the vimrc file(s)]
- What does :version (in command mode) say about where it looks for vimrc files?
My output looks like this:
system vimrc file: "/etc/vimrc"
user vimrc file: "$HOME/.vimrc"
user exrc file: "$HOME/.exrc"
- Is vimrc found during startup (I used strace and found he following in all the lines of output, At the time I had no .vimrc present only a /etc/vimrc):