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When I'm in insert mode and I move left from the last cursor position (the empty spot to the right of the last character), then I can't go back to that position anymore. I have to type Esc$a (or replace $ with a bunch of times) to get there. It seems like a lot of extra keystrokes just to, say, go delete the last character (and still be in insert mode).

Is there a better way or should I just use the default emacs mode (even though I don't know a single emacs command)?

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In normal mode you start edit at end of line with Shift+A.

In insert mode you should be able to move to EOL.

In manual:

man readline
/VI Mode bindings<Enter>

As to real/other question, I have to fill in a bit:

$ le eds de x
      ^     ^^
      |     ||
      A     BC

In insert mode do you mean you are not able to move to C, only B from A?

Even with , or End?

So that if you start typing the letters will enter before x?

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I can't go back to C once I leave that position in insert mode. So if I move all the way to the left and start typing, the x character will always be the last character. Also I don't have a End key (MacBook Pro). –  hobbes3 May 7 '13 at 21:43
@hobbes3: Also, do you have an .inputrc file? –  Sukminder May 7 '13 at 21:57
No, I don't. Is there anything else I should test for? I have noticed that I can get to C on CentOS with set -o vi in my .bashrc. I think this problem is specific to Mac OS X's Terminal. –  hobbes3 May 8 '13 at 4:02
I did that and it's doing the same thing (can't get to C). So weird. It must be a Mac Terminal limitation... –  hobbes3 May 9 '13 at 23:34
@hobbes3: Sounds like a bug then. (Hard to argue for it as a feature.) I posted a ping/question with link here on chat @ apple.stackexchange.com –  Sukminder May 9 '13 at 23:50

You can just press the End key to get there.

Also, you can use Shift + A (capital A - for append) to put you into Insert Mode at the end of a line.

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You can use :10000 or more to get to the last line

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:x move to a given line, not within the line. –  Mat May 24 '13 at 8:13

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