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Old 05-22-2003, 01:35 PM   #1
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vi has left the building! (slackware 9.0)

Why is vi not included with slackware 9.0?

Why is vi a symlink to elvis?

Where do I configure either vim or elvis so that the cursor keys, delete key, and backspace(destructive) key will behave like they do in vi on red hat 8.0?

Can some configuration file for vim, from red hat 8.0, be copied over to slack 9?

Or, should I stop being spoiled and learn the old ctrl key sequences to get the cursor, and delete, and destructive backspace to work?

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I can't answer the questions about elvis (but I did verify that you're right).

There is a vimtutor program in Slack 9. You might want to use that to brush up on those keystrokes.

It's in /usr/bin along with vim
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vi has also been symlinked to elvis in the 8 and 8.1
Slack :} .... why? Probably because elvis
is more like vi than vim, and it's much smaller ;)

If you want vim, type vim ;) .... and yes, it does
come with Slack 9

Old 05-22-2003, 03:07 PM   #4
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Yeah, I can use vim. And I found that vimtutor.

But, it would be nice to be able to use the cursor keys for navigating around a text file, rather than using the h, j, k, l, and x keys.

In the vi that's on my red hat 8.0 machine, the cursor keys, delete key, and destructive backspace key all work 'normally', once you press 'i' to get into insert mode.

And, I'm certainly not looking to become a vi or vim expert by any means. I would just like to make it easy to make quick changes to text files.


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