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vi is a text editor of the Unix operating system.

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How to output lines with ex command that is vi not vim?

I am using ArchLinux and I want to run some ex commands. The following outputs nothing on my system: $ ex -s -c %p -c q /etc/hosts The ex command is a part of vi package on my system: $ pacman -Ql vi ...
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Is there a simple way to review changes before writing file in Neovim on Windows?

I want to review changes I made to my file before I save it. Is it possible to do this, preferably without using vimrc or installing additional software? I'm using Neovim on Windows. I tried one of ...
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Why can't I edit the sudoers.d files with vim but I can with nano

I tried editing a file in the sudoers.d directory using vi in a vagrant box (Ubuntu Trusty64) but it just opens the file in readonly mode but when I use the nano editor it works. The command sudo vi /...
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Fish shell: Map jk to enter normal mode (in vi mode)

While using vi keybindings in fish shell, is it possible to map jk to enter Normal mode? Currently Escape is used for doing that but I want to change (or add a new way) to do so.
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Want to add # for perticular line vi editor

Hello I want to add # at the beginning for few lines where content like /vol/home12 & vol/home14, line number not in sequence so I want to change with global option for file instead of going with ...
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vi mode visual selection in zsh on WSL

I use zhs in vi mode on my WSL install, however for whatever reason the Windows terminal disables visual selection in the shell. Whenever I press v the system just plays the error bell, which makes ...
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Have lost the ability to use vi, apt-get, etc. as user ROOT after editing ROOT .bashrc

I am using Debian Linux. After logging in today, there was a message saying Firefox had an update. I clicked on it, but it errored out saying 'ldconfig' not found and that usually, /sbin, /usr/local/...
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Vim Ex Command History Ctrl-F not working

I used to use Ctrl-F in my personal laptop to successfully get the command history pop-up in ex-mode but in my work PC, that no longer works. It just shows as ^F if I type Ctrl-F. Vim Version is 7.4....
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With Firefox, open .vi files from web pages directly with LabVIEW

I use Firefox (now 98.0.1; March 2022) and Windows 10. In the recent past (i.e., Feb 2022), when I clicked on a web link to a vi, it used to open the file in LabVIEW directly. Now, Firefox instead ...
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vim -- search and replace function call with type field

I have a tricky one. I have a bunch of function calls in my code, i.e. getproperty(mytype). I want to replace all of these with mytype.property A well crafted %s would make life easier. Many thanks. ...
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Ctrl+c/Ctrl+v/Ctrl+p not working on vim

I'm trying to make Ctrl+c, Ctrl+v and Ctrl+p work on vim, but it doesn't work as properly. I'm using Linux (Debian) My config files (.vimrc): ... map <C-p> "+P vnoremap <C-c> "+y ...
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How do I add a keymap into fish vi keybindings?

I've just started using fish and I'm loving using the vi keybindings it provides. I wanted though to add a custom keymap that I use in vi. I usually map space+c in visual mode to yank to "* (...
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Does Systemverilog color work for vi?

I've added the correct $display in Systemverilog to use colors in my log file. Looks great when I use 'more' but vi doesn't show the color. Is there a .vimrc setup file I need to define. I don't have ...
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Why does VI not run when called from cron?

I can run this command perfectly at the command line and it works as expected. /usr/bin/vi /tmp/test.txt -c ":%s/test/production/g" -c ":wq" However the same command run from a ...
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Why am I getting this error after removing vi? “No vim found, using vi”

I'm on Fedora 33 Server. I've removed vi and installed vim-enhanced: dnf remove vi dnf install vim-enhanced But I get this error on using vim command: [root@localhost ~]# vim No vim found, using vi, ...
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Moving up and down through history in zsh vi mode

Trying to get used to zsh to match the new Mac default, and one of the things that's tripping me up is the differences in vi mode. I already found the answers at How can I make zsh's vi mode ...
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Enable gnome-terminal hotkeys depending on the vi mode in the terminal

I have recently discovered that it is possible to enable vim bindings in the gnome-terminal with: set -o vi Now I would like to know whether it is possible to also enable hotkeys for the terminal ...
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Use sed to replace part of a string leaving other part represented by regex unchanged

Consider you want to replace part of a sentence and leave other part represented by the regular expression (regex) unchanged. For instance, here's a text file text1.txt A Egg b Egg C Egg D Egg E ...
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Why is Mobaxterm not copying all my lines in my clipboard?

I have trouble copying the lines i have in my clipboard into Mobaxterm (In a VI file with Unix) since it is not copying all my lines, only certain amount and may cut a line in half at the end
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how to switch tabs in vim when openning vim using -O option

I opened two files using -O vim file1 file2 -O it opens the files horizontally aligned but I dont know how switch between them ?
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my WSL ubuntu vi editor screen is broken when I scroll down

When I scroll down at my vim editor, all of my codes is wrapped with strange boxes. Can I fix it? My .vimrc file: Problem Image:
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No color in vim with SSH on Linux server

At work, I use SSH to remotely connect on servers to edit files. As I got quickly bored of vi, I built a local vim, years ago, and everything worked fine. As my profile is shared between almost all ...
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How to enable VI key binding in cmder?

In linux terminal we can easily enable vi key-binding mode with commands like set -o vi. Does cmder on windows provide any such feature? Or Is there any hack available to do so?
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Confusing text when editing .bash_profile

I am running MacOS v.10.13.6, and in Terminal I was installing pipenv by following a tutorial. As part of the installation I went to edit bash_profile with vi editor in order to add 3 directories to ...
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How to make Vim "repeat search" direction absolute instead of relative?

I am looking for a way to make Vim always go backwards whether I press repeat last , or N and forward when using their pairs ; or n. Currently Vim is using a relative direction which depends on the ...
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when I'm trying to open file in vi mode its prompting help.txt, How to resolve this issue

When I'm trying to open file in vi mode its prompting help.txt as shown below. I tried to close it by using :q, for few seconds its closing again im getting help.txt. i;m not able to edit my file. ...
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Stack line numbers/file locations in vi

A lot of the time I'm reading through code and going from function to function, simulating a call stack. Once I get to the bottom, I need to work my way backwards to see how the returned values are ...
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What time is it? - Fewest number of keystrokes in vim? [closed]

Task: display current time to the vim user. It is not a matter of inserting the time into a document, which one can easily do with e.g. !!date. In my question, the user simply wants to know what time ...
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OpenSSH via powershell - vi turns prompt blue

I'm on Windows 10, using Win32-OpenSSH via Powershell to connect to a CentOS 7 machine on my network. If I launch vi on a new file, or on occasion open other files, any and all new text in my window ...
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Copying/Pasting a block of lines in vi editor

I have a strange problem when copying/pasting a group of lines within vi. For example, let us say we have a group of lines as follows: AAAAAAAA AAAAAAAAAAAAAA BBBBBB BBBBB BBBBBBBBBB CCCCC ...
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Why is VIM starting in replace mode?

On several new CentOS 7 machines, I find that VIM automatically starts in replace mode. After removing all automatically installed .vimrc files, normal behavior returns. However, if I simply create a ...
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reload file in vim without scrolling

Is it possible to :e a buffer in vim without having the scrolling adjusted? The behavior I see: the file is reloaded followed by a zz (redraw with line count at center of window). I'd like to just ...
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How to paste vim command into vim editor on mac

I have a bunch of vim commands that I keep in a file because I don't find them easy to remember. I want to paste them into whatever vim session I'm running. However, since upgrading to High Sierra, ...
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screen and $TERM and misformatted vi

I'm ssh'ing from my Mac (Terminal.app) into a Linux box, where I need to run ckermit or screen over USB to have a console on a second Linux box. (There are no graphics on the second box, and I'm ...
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How to use vimium to select text from a page

Background I'm a religious fanatical devoted believer of vimium. It speeds up my internet usage like nothing else. I'm also (naturally) a heavy user of vim itself. Question How can I actually select ...
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If/Else Statements Linux, Vi , Simple Scripts

First I have tried finding answers to my questions and it's really difficult for a newbie to phrase his questions in a way that yields online results with answers relevant to the situation at hand. ...
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How can I substitute multiple instances of a character with the same number of instances of a different character in linux sed?

I need to substitute a repeating set of characters (2 or more) with the exact number of replacement characters. I need to do this either with sed, or within vi. Examples "abc,,,def" becomes "abc|||...
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Why is bash not recognizing my newline character?

I am trying to get a script to reverse the order of entrees ( yes I know "tac" command already does this) my script is as follows, The print F line that prints the array value and then is followed by ...
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VI Ctrl+W terminal Alternative

Is there a mouse control short cut to Ctrl+W, like Option+click, to go to any screen directly? I dont want to cycle through all windows, instead want to directly go to say 7th screen, of the 10 split ...
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Reconnect to accidentally stopped vi session (git commit)

On Cygwin, I accidentally pressed Ctrl+Z while in vim. I was editing a git commit message. This resulted in $ git commit -a [1]+ Stopped git commit -a I think the vi session is ...
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How can I make `file -i` command return ISO-8859-9?

Let's say I have a text file with content şşş and in vi/vim I have set fileencoding as :set fileencoding=ISO-8859-9. Later when I check the encoding with file -i <myFile> it gives text/...
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Have vim not caring about the capslock state in normal mode

I would like to know if it is possible (and if yes, how) to have vim (or another vi-like editor, really. Changing from vim to another one would not annoy me that much, as long as the editor is usable ...
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How to enter Vi / Vim command mode with `;` instead of `:`?

When using Vi or Vim, I need to perform the following sequence to save a file: esc + :s But the : key is hard to reach on my keyboard. So I would like to switch : and ; so that I can type esc + ;s to ...
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Close multiple files in vi

If I open multiple files in vi using vi *.py then how do I exit the whole vi session instead of editing each and every file? Seems like a simple enough issue but can't find anything on google.
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How to map cw to ciw in Vim

I almost never use the cw in Vim. Instead I use ciw. Is there a way to make cw do the same thing as ciw? I have tried googling and looking in the man page but I have not found a clear answer.
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vim shortcut for moving to beginning of previous line not working

Pressing Shift and + takes me to first non whitespace character of the next line. I expected that Shift and - would similarly take me to first non-whitespace character of the previous line. But, it ...
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Can tab be remapped in nvi?

I want to map tab in nvi(1). When I try to map a literal tab by typing Ctrl+V then Tab, it does not get rendered as ^I and nvi(1) shows "Usage: map[!] [keys replace]". Can tab be remapped in nvi?
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Copy and paste using vi duplicates comment lines

On a windows PC, I copy the following to the tooltip. var http = require("http"); http.createServer(function (request, response) { // Send the HTTP header // HTTP Status: 200 : OK // ...
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Is it possible to change permission of group by VI editor

I'm new to vi-editor and trying to edit permission of mc (Midnight Commander) group by vi-editor. I try to locate where is mc: vi /usr/share/mc but it gives me empty file and says mc is a directory.....
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Trying to edit file in vi and it crashes [1]+ Stopped

Found this question, this is what I see: Swap file error message while trying to edit .vimrc file? But in my case, I can delete swap files, try to edit file and Ctrl-Z and I get this: [6]+ Stopped ...
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