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I want the result to be highlighted when I search for it in a file.So,I opened a file with vi(version 7.2) and then used command :set hlsearch to enable highlighting.But even then I don't get my search results highlighted.Any idea what else to check ?


Now I tried same thing with vim and it works fine there.Is hlsearch only for vim ?

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You answered your own question in the edit. – rahmu Mar 21 '13 at 7:35
vi should throw an error in that case. – g4ur4v Mar 21 '13 at 7:47
In Linux, vi is a link to vim, but by default it is configured to compatibility mode which ignores most of the settings. – David Kohen Mar 21 '13 at 9:36
Do you have compatible set if you call vi? (i.e. what is the result of :set compatible?). – jofel Mar 21 '13 at 9:43
I got the result nocompatible – g4ur4v Mar 21 '13 at 12:56

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