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How can I set “vi” as my default editor in UNIX?

I believe I can do something like export EDITOR=vi, but I'm not sure what exactly to enter, and where. How can I set "vi" as my default editor?
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Vi vs vim, or, is there any reason why I would ever want to use vi?

I know a bit about *NIX text editors (currently migrating from nano to vim), and, after looking around a bit on the Unix & Linux SE, have noticed that a fair about of question use vi instead of ...
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How to pipe the result of a grep search into a new vi file

I'm using grep -e Peugeot -e PeuGeot carlist.txt to search through carlist.txt and pull out some items and I presumed that grep -e Peugeot -e PeuGeot carlist.txt | vi would pipe it through for me but ...
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What is the difference between .exrc and .vimrc?

I know from experience that the ~/.exrc file can be used to configure vim. I also know that the ~/.vimrc file can be used for the same purpose. However, If I use .exrc to configure vim, this leads ...
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Disable vi from going to the last visited line upon file opening

Is there something I can put in my exrc file to prevent vi from going to the last line I was on last time I had the file open and just set the cursor at the top by default? I think it is ...
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How to change search result highlight in vi?

The scenario: I log on a server using ssh, and search for keywords in a log file using vi. The problem: at the moment, the results of a search is only highlighted by a cursor _ below the searched ...
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Why is emacs not preinstalled? [closed]

I want to learn Emacs or Vi. I don't like modal editing but Vi is ubiquitous and looks more useful for emergencies. What are the reasons why Emacs is not preinstalled in most distributions?
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How to enter non-ascii characters using hex or octal codes in vi

I'm trying to write a golfing library for postscript. But it needs to be condensed itself. So I need a convenient way to type-in arbitrary bytes within mostly ascii text. I know this can easily be ...
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Delete 100 lines from vi editor using single command

I am using Ubuntu and trying to delete all 100 lines from vi editor but I got interview question of doing this in one command.
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Is there a way to recover my vi-edited file?

2 days ago, I remotely logged into my school's Unix system and wrote a lengthy file with vi. I saved with :wq and reopened it multiple times to check if it saved (it did). Today, I log back in and ...
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Unable to install vim plugins

I am unable to install any vim plugins on nixOS running the command: nix-env -i vimplugin-Syntastic gives these as the last 3 lines of output: output path ...
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Open a result of `locate` with `vi`

I'd like to get the nth (3rd) result of locate, and then open it to vi. $ locate /private/etc/my.cnf /private/etc/my.cnf.bak_ /usr/local/mysql-5.6.22-osx10.8-x86_64/my.cnf ....
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How can I have my .vimrc detect what OS I'm using?

Since I upgraded my Ubuntu to version 14 I've had a lot of problems with sharing my .vimrc file between Ubuntu and OSX. The following commands no longer work and in fact gives errors: set filetype ...
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How different is Elvis from Vim?

I've been using Slackware for a while now, which ships with Elvis as its default editor. Most other Linux distributions seem to ship with Vim, instead of Elvis. Having gotten quite used to Elvis, ...
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Yank all function declarations

Something I often have to do is make sure I have prototypes for all my functions in my C code at the top of file. What would be a way to quickly select all the function declarations in a .c file using ...
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xargs and vi - “Input is not from a terminal”

I have about 10 php.ini files on my system, located all over the place, and I wanted to quickly browse through them. I tried this command: locate php.ini | xargs vi But vi warns me Input is not ...
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Bash Scripting VIM commands

I have a few files that I have an annoyingly repetitive group of VIM commands to apply to. They are basic VIM commands just to delete some lines which are not supported by the process I need the files ...
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How can I invoke vi instead of vim [duplicate]

I want to use vi for better pasting. When I use vi I get vim When I type /usr/bin/vi I still get vim This is on my Max OSX 10.10 Yosemite
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Strange closure of vi editor

Upon closing vi editor, (without letting it load the whole file), -bash-3.2$ vi /var/spool/mail/user1 -bash-3.2$ 0;136;0c left 0;136;0c to prompt, what could have made this happen, not letting the ...
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Is it possible to remove vi?

I want to remove the vi text editor from Linux but it does not show up as a package in aptitude. Is it possible to remove this? I have already removed vim by running sudo apt-get remove vim I am ...
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How can I delete all lines in a file using vi?

How can I delete all lines in a file using vi? At moment I do that using something like this to remove all lines in a file: echo > test.txt How can I delete all lines using vi? Note: Using dd ...
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On startup, highlight tags and display tags in a preview window

I am using vi as a note-taking and outlining tool. I am constructing the "tags" file by myself. What I would like to do is that when I open my notes or outline file, vi reads the tags present in this ...
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Where is the rc file for vi editor.

I would like to set up system-wide vi settings. I know i can setup preferences for vim editor in /etc/vimrc and ~/.vimrc but i don't think my vi on CentOS7 is reading anything from the vimrc files ...
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What happens if I use vi on large files?

Though we were instructed not to, a colleague of mine used vi to view a large text file (server.log 3.5 GB). This filled up /var/tmp and caused some problems on the server. What caused this? Why ...
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Reverse global and local marks in vi/vim

How can I reverse the capitalization convention of marks in vi/vim? Normally a lower-case mark like "a" means it is local to the current file, but upper case marks like "A" are global to the session. ...
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What is the difference between “find” and “till” in vim?

I see I can use t c or Tc to move to the next / previous character c I can also use fc or Fc to move to the next / previous character c Is the only difference between them that tc places the ...
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Vim, how to delete from CURRENT cursor position, until end of line and next N lines?

This is strangely difficult to figure out. I do not want to delete what is to the left of the cursor, only from the cursor to the end of the line, and the following 3 lines in ONE command. I know I ...
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how to recall last argument in bash with vi setting

I use set -o vi setting in bash. The shorcut Alt+. (recalling last argument of previous command) here doesn't work as in emacs mode, so what is the equivalent for vi?
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Ctrl-z doesn't work in vi launched from Gnome terminal

I'm trying to switch Vi launched from Fedora Gnome terminal to background and go back to bash with Ctrl-Z but it doesn't seem to do anything.
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How to enable reverse search in zsh?

I recently switched to zsh (finally) and am loving it! So far one thing that I am missing is Ctrl+R to do incremental history search. I have the history set up properly HISTSIZE=10000 SAVEHIST=10000 ...
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Delete lines from a file which opened in less mode

I have a file (huge size) which cannot be opened in vi but in less mode and I want to delete the lines which I do not required. But I am unable to delete lines from file open in less mode. Please ...
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How to edit a .gpg file with vi?

So I created a gpg encrypted file with password: gpg -c passwords.txt.gpg how can I open it with vi, edit it, then close it? (So that no passwords.txt file will be created, the decrypted ...
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Is replacing a particular line in a file through a bash script possible in VIM or EX?

I would like to modify a particular line, say line 5, in a file by using the EOEX construct how can I achieve my aim? The code snippet that I use to achieve my purpose is as follows: #!/bin/bash ...
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Color of the fonts in my remote terminal screen when using VI in linux

I notice one of my linux remote login window shows color in VI editor interface but another window doesn't show color. These 2 windows are remotely connected to 2 different server IP addresses. May ...
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How to insert specific lines into a file using vim?

I am using vim for both programming and competitive coding. Now, since I want to insert specific macros whenever I open a source file when I am doing competitive coding. I just copy paste the entire ...
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Character class bug in nvi: [[:digit:]] is interpreted like [[:alnum:]]

A simple search in nvi on text such as: the quick red fox jumped 1 foot over the lazy 28 pound dog using the following search /[[:digit:]] behaves like /[[:alnum:]] That is, it finds every ...
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visual mode in vi to remove char at the end of multiple lines

builder.append("sss"); builder.append("aaaaaaaaa"); I would like to remove the ; at the end. I can do it using various scripts in sed or replace all in vim. But, I would like to know how to use ...
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What does [converted] mean at the bottom of vim?

I have a log file, and when I open it via vim, it looks not readable, and it has [converted] at the bottom. What does [converted] mean? Is there a way to fix the format issue so that it is human ...
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How can I check what version of the VI editor I have?

How can I check what version of the vi editor I have? What's the best way to upgrade it or install vim on Solaris?
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Vi editor, search and replace complex string

I want to search and replace particular string in file. Example, the string: ***BNS S&P/TSX60 ROC,SERIES will become: ***BNS S&P/TSX60 ROC SERIES How can I do this?
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Advantages of using set -o vi

I have seen many developers using this command to set the option to vi. I never understood the real use of this? When using bash commands, what help does switching to vi provide?
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In VIM, replace path with slashes without using escape slashes

In vim I want to substitute a long path /a/b/f/g/d/g with another /s/g/w/d/g/r in a text file. Usually I use \/ but there are too many slashes here. Is there an easier way?
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Expanding text format in VI

The following code is taken from the superfish module for websites: (function($){$.fn.hoverIntent=function(f,g){var ...
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In VIM how do you run a command silently in the background?

I'm using ubuntu and currently have the following line in my vimrc file: nnoremap < leader >dc :execute 'silent !drush cc all' | redraw! The command works but it doesnt hit me back to the ...
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How can I paste (overwriting) with vim?

In vim I use yy and p all the time to yank and paste lines. However, if I want to replace one line multiple places in the file, I can't use yy p dd p because the dd deletes the line to the clipboard ...
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Initializing search in vi before starting

I use a small program I wrote that takes a regular expression pattern as parameter and searches 2000+ files. The files are in a directory hierarchy. The pattern can be in multiple files and multiple ...
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Does VI v4.0 on Solaris 2.5.0 have a command history

I normally use VIM but have to fiddle with files in VI. Does the vi on Solaris 2.5 have history I can recall to re-use commands? It's a pain to retype complete lines sometimes. In VIM I can go ESC, ...
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What is happening while executing this command cd / | vi?

When I execute the command cd / | vi, it goes to the vi editor. When I type any command it does not display the command but it gets executed and the command that is executed is not shown in the ...
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backspace in insert mode not erasing characters

I am new to vi, actually I have started learning vi from today and I have got stuck at the behavior of the backspace key. Actually when I fired up vi on my Ubuntu 12.04 for the first time my backspace ...
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vim - how can i do a 'change word' using the current paste buffer

I have some text in my paste buffer, e.g. I did a yw (yank word) and now I have 'foo' in my buffer. I now go to the word 'bar' and I want to replace it with my paste buffer. To replace the text ...