[sf-lug] vi(1)

jim stockford jim at well.com
Thu Oct 25 09:12:38 PDT 2007

i found vi very difficult to learn, but that was many years ago.
times have changed (improved), and explanations, too. the
link below presents brief how-to explanations for using the
basic vi commands.


On Oct 24, 2007, at 11:35 PM, Michael Paoli wrote:

>> Date: Wed, 24 Oct 2007 19:19:21 -0700
>> From: "Christian Einfeldt" <einfeldt at gmail.com>
>> Subject: Re: [sf-lug] FWIW and :r! dig -t ns sf-lug.com
>> because you will learn stuff through osmosis.  vi is an important text
>> editor because it is really old and because it can run in a virtual 
>> shell.
> No, not because it's really old (though it has been around quite a
> while).  Rather, because:
> * it's highly ubiquitous - one will pretty much always find some
>   (semi-reasonable) implementation of vi present on most any Linux or
>   Unix system (at least if it's standards compliant, rather than,
>   e.g., some highly stripped down embedded installation).  Many
>   non-Linux non-Unix systems/devices (e.g. many flavors of routers,
>   switches, firewalls, terminal servers) also include a vi
>   implementation for editing files and the like (and they typically
>   won't have emacs, nano, etc.).
> * it's a damn good editor (no, not word processor, syntax highlighter,
>   font picker, etc.; editor; Unix design philosophy is build good
>   tools that do their jobs quite well, and have good unform interface
>   for connecting these various tools and programs)
> Oh, and it's very user friendly ;-) (okay, it's selective about who
> its friends are).  But if one is going to be doing anything very
> serious with Linux or Unix - especially systems administration -
> learning vi would be a quite good and useful thing to do.
> For "users" - that aren't and won't be administrators, there are other
> alternatives (e.g. emacs, nano, etc.) which may typically be
> available.  But vi will always be there for you.  In the case of
> emacs, nano, etc., one might need to ask one's systems administrator
> (and they might install it for you, or they might tell you to use and
> learn vi).
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