[lug] vi question

Collins Richey crichey at gmail.com
Fri Aug 15 21:38:11 MDT 2008

On Fri, Aug 15, 2008 at 1:15 PM, Gary Hodges <Gary.Hodges at noaa.gov> wrote:
> Sean Reifschneider wrote:
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>> Gary Hodges wrote:
>>> Previously my colleague could enter into the replace mode (Shift-R) and
>>> then use the arrow keys to move around and replace text.  Now the arrow
>>> keys produce a letter (A,B,C or D) depending on the key, each on a new
>> Make sure you have the enhanced vim packages installed, and that you have
>> vim rather than another vi editor like nvi installed.  Under
>> CentOS/RHEL/Fedora I believe you may need "vim-enhanced", under
>> Debian/Ubuntu maybe "vim-full"?  If those packages are installed, try
>> running "vim" instead of "vi" and see if that makes it do as he likes.
>> Those are a few things to try.
> While looking for the vim-full package I noticed that vim wasn't installed.
>  With vim installed the desired behavior returned.  I went ahead and
> installed vim-full as well.  Thanks for the suggestions!

If you are running ubuntu or a recent Debian distro, the brilliant
doughnut heads decided to make something called vim-minimal (guess at
the package name) instead of vim the default vi-editor. That package
gives you all the wonderful functionality that standard vi had in the
unices of yore.

I've bitched about that frequently, but the doughnut heads seldom listen.

Collins Richey
 If you fill your heart with regrets of yesterday and the worries
 of tomorrow, you have no today to be thankful for.

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