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Vi is a very basic (yet incredibly powerful) text editor that comes with just about every single Linux Distribution. Using Vi allows you to avoid installing other text editors.
 
Vi is a very basic (yet incredibly powerful) text editor that comes with just about every single Linux Distribution. Using Vi allows you to avoid installing other text editors.
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'''Basic Instructions:'''
 
'''Basic Instructions:'''
  
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Note: Avoid using the number pad in Vi.
  
go into insert mode, here you may use arrows to navigate text, and edit it with the keyboard as normal:
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Go into insert mode, here you may use arrows to navigate text, and edit it with the keyboard as normal:
 
<pre>i</pre>  
 
<pre>i</pre>  
  
exit insert mode:
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Exit insert mode:
 
<pre>Esc (the escape key)</pre>
 
<pre>Esc (the escape key)</pre>
  
  
WHEN NOT in insert mode you may use:
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'''WHEN NOT''' in insert mode you may use:
  
write changes:
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Write changes:
 
<pre>:w  (then enter)</pre>  
 
<pre>:w  (then enter)</pre>  
  
exit vi:
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Exit vi:
 
<pre>:q  (then enter)</pre>
 
<pre>:q  (then enter)</pre>
  
exit vi without saving changes:
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Exit vi without saving changes:
 
<pre>:q!  (then enter)</pre>
 
<pre>:q!  (then enter)</pre>
  
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Example of usage...
 
Example of usage...
  
<pre>[root@localhost ~]# vi README.txt</pre>
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<pre>[root@localhost ~]# vi /README.txt</pre>
  
 
<pre>i
 
<pre>i
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<pre>[root@localhost ~]# cat /README.txt
 
<pre>[root@localhost ~]# cat /README.txt
 
This is my first readme file, wrote with vi!</pre>
 
This is my first readme file, wrote with vi!</pre>
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External Video Link:
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[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1konvzseurI Linux Vi - Basic Tutorial ]
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Video:
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<embedvideo service="youtube">https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1konvzseurI</embedvideo>

Latest revision as of 22:40, 28 May 2016

Quick reference for basic editing in Vi

Vi is a very basic (yet incredibly powerful) text editor that comes with just about every single Linux Distribution. Using Vi allows you to avoid installing other text editors.


Basic Instructions:

Note: Avoid using the number pad in Vi.


Go into insert mode, here you may use arrows to navigate text, and edit it with the keyboard as normal:

i

Exit insert mode:

Esc (the escape key)


WHEN NOT in insert mode you may use:

Write changes:

:w   (then enter)

Exit vi:

:q   (then enter)

Exit vi without saving changes:

:q!   (then enter)


Example of usage...

[root@localhost ~]# vi /README.txt
i
This is my first readme file, wrote with vi!
(Esc key)
:w
:q
[root@localhost ~]# cat /README.txt
This is my first readme file, wrote with vi!

External Video Link:

Linux Vi - Basic Tutorial

Video: