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Introduction to Vi Text Editor for Raspberry pi users

October 14, 2012 Leave a comment Go to comments

When working with the raspberry pi I have come across the Vi Text Editor which is completey different to the nano so here is a quick introduction to the Vi text editor.

It is important to remeber there are two modes in Vi theses are Insert-text mode and Command mode

To enter the Vi text editor you need to do the following

Vi (name of file)

Assuming you did not already have a file this command will create one

To start putting text into your file you need to do the following

Type the letter i (it stands for “insert-text mode”),

At the end of each line of text you will need to press the return key for a new line

When finshed push the ESC key to end insert-text mode

To edit a line or move the cusor within a  file in Vi text editor we first need to be in command mode and type

/(word looking for)

((ie /re) would move the cursor to the first instance of re)

Then push i to enable insert-text mode

When finshed push the ESC key to end insert-text mode and go back to command mode.

When you exit insert-text mode you will change to the command mode

To save a file and exit VI type ZZ (note the capitals).

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  1. October 21, 2012 at 2:28 am

    The weird thing about vi is, I haven’t used it since 1985, but as soon as I started it up, muscle memory came back and I could remember all the old commands. I have installed emacs on my pi, but it’s very slow to load – because emacs is huge. nano is nice and quick to load, but the commands are so non-intuitive. I mean every PC or Mac editor uses Ctrl (or Command) C for cut, V for paste, X for delete, so nano, why would use use Ctrl-K and Ctrl-U. And how can Ctrl-O ever mean save? Was the developer just trying to be obscure?

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