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Old 04-25-2005, 12:00 AM   #1
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Possible problem with VISUAL=vi (vim & bash)

dist: Core Linux
shell: bash
uname: Linux SMP i686
editor: vi symbollically linked to vim

Hi There,
I'm trying to make it that my shell command line editing uses vi mode. I've used Solaris and AIX but I am new to Linux.

From editing .profile and adding:
export VISUAL=vi
i expected that at my command prompt:
I would be able to press [ESC] and then scroll through the history with j,k and edit the lines with vi commands like dw and, more importantly, search for a shell command in the history with /.

I've made the modification above but it doesn't work. I think that I'm either doing it incorrectly (perhaps I have to use ksh?) or I need to reset my expectations!

Thanks muchly for any advice.
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I think that you want to use the 'set -o vi' builtin command in your .bash_profile or .bashrc or .profile or .bash_login.

Refer to the bash info pages for details on which setup file to use.

hint: enter "info:bash" in the konqueror web browsers address bar to display a webalized version of the bash manual. It is much easier to read.

Last edited by jschiwal; 04-25-2005 at 03:19 AM.
Old 04-26-2005, 06:19 AM   #3
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That's exaclty what I needed. Thanks.


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