VIM question: can I stop <Esc> moving the cursor back?
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Well, if you press <ESC> in insert mode, you actually leave insert mode and go to command mode! The "jumping" cursor is a sign of that, since the cursor in insert mode is always on the next position handled, while in command mode, it's on the actual position (you can't use commands on empty space in a file, can you...); that's about it, you can't do much about that. But I guess some wizard'll tell you otherwise
You're right - but I was referring to the reasons of my explanation being (or appearing) crude - but let's drop that, I'm not sulking or anything
I think you're right. I like vi(m) for that fact that it facilitates handling large chunks of text or code in a great way. But it's not "easy" to use (in fact, it is if you know how, but it's sometimes counter-intuitive). I've used a lot of editors on different systems, mostly graphical, but when it comes to bumming your way through a messy file (or doing quick, but controlled edits in some random file), vim's second to none. Arcane? Maybe - but that'd make a lot of things that require some learning to use "arcane". Useless? Not in the least! And the fact that vi can be expected to be around on *NIX-y systems is important, too. Heck, I even have a copy of the ancient WinElvis on my USB storage device somewhere - just in case
Okay, and now let's settle this - or we'll have to discuss Emacs next...