Working with the VIM text editor


Article from Issue 72/2006

Vim feels at home with any Linux distribution. This text mode only editor, which completely does without a mouse, is a useful aid for command line fans.

The Vim [1] text editor, and its predecessor Vi (which is typi cally implemented as a link to, or an alias for, Vim) take some getting used to. And the unintuitive user interface prevents many users from trying this practical tool. But once you get to know the various operating modes, you will probably not want to do without the use ful services this lean editor provides. A Question of Status Most users have some difficulty grasping the concept of the various operating modes provided by Vim. After all, Vim has no less than four of them.

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