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Authored by: Newt on Apr 10, '01 06:38:12PM

I know you posted this a while ago, but... I am not familiar with this product, but I did check out there page since I was curious about the product. I am an Emacs person myself, and since I have not yet attempted to get X Windows (in any form) up and running yet, I cannot use my fav version of Emacs. In regards to your questions, I have a couple of thoughts. I am assuming that you downloaded the source and compiled in on your system since there does not seem to be an OS X binary (if there is an OS X binary, not just the 68, FAT and PPC ones... ignore this whole migguided post). If you did not do this there could be several reasons why some of the functions are not working. If you are using the PPC (or FAT) version of the app, it may be Classic incompatibilities. Again, I've not used this product but from their documentation it seems that the Mac OS binaries are for pre-X versions of the OS (the newest version they say they've tested in is OS9). If you are using a port for an other UNIX (or compiled the source), the gvim version requires X Windows. I cat-ed the pkg-descr in the ports tree on my FreeBSD box. And well, here is what it told me (minus the working hyper-links of course):

Vim is a virtually compatible, extreamly enhanced, version of the UNIX text editor vi. There are a lot of enhancements above Vi: multi level undo, multi-windows and buffers, syntax highlighting, command line editing, filename completion, on-line help, visual selection, etc.. Many features above standard vi's have been added: multiple windows and buffers, multi level undo, command line history, filename completion, selection highlighting, block operations (including column/rectangular blocks), syntax highlighting, on-line help, etc. Embeded Perl, Tcl, and Python support. See ":help vi_diff" for a summary of the differences between Vim and Vi. An X-windows aware or a full X-windows GUI version can also be built that allows full use of the mouse and pull-down menus See for a full explanation of Vim's features. Portability to all UNIX platforms, AmigaOS, Archimedes, Atari MiNT, BeOS, M$-DOS, MacOS, OS/2, VMS, WinNT+Win95. -- David ( WWW:

As for the color not working on the term version, can't help you there. I have installed several things which use color (such as GNU fileutils which is a must have) and they all work. However, I will ask my FreeBSD guru SO when he gets home and post any comments he has. Newt

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Authored by: kjs on Feb 21, '12 01:12:45PM

Hi Newt,

Check out this link for a Vi Commandscheat sheet, hope that helps...


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