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Old 11-16-2010, 02:00 AM   #1
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Could you tell me how vi works?

Dear All,

Could you tell me how vi works?

Old 11-16-2010, 02:35 AM   #2
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Another homework assignment question, which we do not do for you.

Have a look here: vi and vim
Old 11-16-2010, 02:42 AM   #3
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You open the file which you want to edit with:

vi file.txt

After this you can use vi in two modes.
1. Give commands to the vi by pressing the SHIFT : keys simultaneously and the command, which can be q,q!,w ... Save the changes (w), quit the vi without saving the changes (q!) quit the vi with (q) and so on ...
2. Use the input mode by pressing the SHIFT i keys simultaneously. This will switch into the insert mode and you can edit your file. You can leave input mode by pressing ESC (escape) two times.

I think this is the most basic thing I didn't understand when I first used vi.

By the way - I think I saw one user in who uses a very good profile signature for the example commands in vi. I cannot remember his(her) name.


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Old 11-16-2010, 02:52 AM   #4
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Hello turbomen,

as an answer to your question I'd recommend to install vim and execute the command
this tutorial is very helpful when learning vim/vi.

I looked at your other posts, almost all of them are simple questions and show that you don't have the slightest knowledge about Linux. As druuna stated we are not here to do your homework. Please use google and look for a beginners guide to Linux. A far better recommendation: install Linux and use it, so you will learn.

Mh, just another hint referring to your question: vim is available for Windows as well. You may install it and do the vimtutor on windows, better than nothing

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