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Linuxables: Your First Steps with Linux vi

Jul 14, 2010, 13:36 (0 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Jack Wallen)

"I want to preface this article by saying, very simply, if you are a programmer, a hard-core vi fan, someone looking to figure out how to make more efficient your vi macros, Linus Torvalds, or Richard M. Stallman - turn away now. Avert your eyes! If you do not, the introductory-level information you will receive here might very well steal, burn, or otherwise permanently damage your soul.

"You've been warned.

"Now, back to our regularly-scheduled Linuxable.

"We continue our look into the Linux text editor by highlighting one of the powerhouses of the bunch - vi. The vi editor came about in 1976 at the hands of Bill Joy. This first release was used for an early BSD UNIX. The name vi is a derivation of the command visual, which was used to switch from the line editor ex to visual mode. So vi = visual. Sort of."

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