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Old 01-21-2012, 06:09 AM   #1
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Question Linux Newbie - confidence building and having trouble using cream vim editor

Dear Linux world,

I am fairly new to the Linux world and I have been thrown into the deep end as a result of a new job!

So far I am enjoying my Linux experience but would like to stop hassling my new colleagues every time I have a linux issue.

Firstly is there a useful tutorial someone can recommend.

Secondly I am eager to expand my VIM knowledge and due to lack of time I have decided to start with Cream and work my way up to GVIM then just VIM.

I have installed cream however when I try opening the software I get this error:

..... Error: Object "Window" does not have windowed ancestor

What does this mean? Do I need to install an extra package?

I look forward to a response to my queries.


Old 01-22-2012, 12:32 AM   #2
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At a command prompt, you can use the man command. Which is basically short for manual. For example:
man vim
That will pull up the man page on how to use vim. Just hit "q" to exit when you're done reading.

Personally, I find vim to be annoying. Fortunately in Linux land, we have lots of choice. I prefer nano over vim. If it's available to you, you will probably find that command-line text editor more straight forward to use than vim.

Most linux commands have a switch to pull up a quick list of help commands as well. Usually -h or even-?
vim -h
vim -?
For example.
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For vim (also the text editor of my choice) just type in
to get a short tutorial.
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This resource was helpful to me. Beginner's guide to ViM. I don't know if you are looking for something more advanced though.


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