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10.5: Restore Terminal's welcome message
Authored by: Anonymous on Nov 02, '07 08:49:27AM

It's not that hard to use, really - It's... different.
All you need to know is:
i to go into insert mode mode (where you can insert/delete text as usual)
Esc or ctrl+c to exit control mode
:wq to save and quit
:q! to exit without saving.

If you don't know what ^O means, it's just as hard to use, more or less.
And besides, I'd say emacs is far harder to use :P

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10.5: Restore Terminal's welcome message
Authored by: n1mie on Nov 02, '07 06:37:21PM

I loathe vi. It's so arcane and obscure in it's use. I, as others have stated, prefer nano (or pico).


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Authored by: googoo on Nov 02, '07 07:16:36PM

Like a good beer, a smokey Scotch, and a raunchy blue cheese, vi is an acquired taste. Once you get used to it, vi is a fast and powerful text editor. I prefer it to all other terminal-based editors. That being said, I would never force-feed it to novice users without a lengthy introduction. They would probably just spit it out!


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Authored by: corienti on Nov 02, '07 11:09:40PM

vi, if you know it well, is *incredibly* powerful. I use it for almost all text editing. The stuff it can do is just utterly amazing - if you know how to use it (note actually I'm referring to vim more than the original vi).

As a vi user, I can't stand nano; it's pseudo-GUI interface just gets in the way of fast text manipulation.
vi (or vim) is definitely not for beginners though. If you're not prepared to sink some time into learning it properly, stay away from it. But if you are willing to give it a proper go and sink a bit of time into it, you'll never ever look back.
But then I also use sed and awk on a very regular basis...

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To Vi or not Vi(|m)
Authored by: TvE on Nov 03, '07 06:11:04AM

I am trying to use vi as my preferred CLI based texteditor, primarily due to the fact that it is supposed to be available on all *NIX platforms, so the idea is to try to get better using a tools available at all places, hence be productive on all platforms, that a more user-friendly tool, that is NOT availble when I need it.

PS.: Can one get vi(|m) to run on Win XP ;-)

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To Vi or not Vi(|m)
Authored by: makip on Nov 05, '07 01:39:03PM
Yes. My recommendation is install cygwin ( which will provide the familiar unix shells, commands, and man pages. If you have unix skills, then once you have cygwin on your windows system you'll wonder how you managed without it. Cygwin also provides an X client and other packages you can select on install.
If all you want is vim try

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To Vi or not Vi(|m)
Authored by: TvE on Nov 06, '07 01:12:03PM

Actually THAT have been on my very-long todo list for a very long period of time, thanx for reminding me!

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