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
From your description I suspect you're looking for enabling
Paste mode in Vim. You may do this as follows:
It can be disabled with
This mode is useful when you copy-paste some code snippet from your OS buffer to Vim. This will prevent Vim from adding lots of extra spaces to line beginnings making pasted text look ugly.
Most systems at this point use a symlink of vi to the vim program. Calling the program in this manner enables some functionality and disables other modes of operation. More to the point, you note that you're wanting to utilize the paste functions in vi. I'm going to make the assumption that you're using vi on Mac OSX in the terminal program. To utilize the copy and paste functions you should highlight the text with your mouse and use the following keyboard combinations:
Command+X - To 'cut' text from it's current position (which you can then paste somewhere else).
Command+C - To 'Copy' any text highlighted with your mouse.
Command+V - To 'Paste' the copied or cut text at the current cursor position.
Other options also exist, however, I think these three should give you a good start in what you are trying to accomplish. If you want to learn more, look at the vi or vim documentation using the command 'man vi'.