Getting Started with Vi

Even if you use a different editor for most of your work, it helps to know the basics of the ubiquitous vi.

William R. Ward ( has been using vi since 1987. He is a teacher, writer and programmer living in Mountain View, California with his wife, Holly. Their company, Bay View Consulting Services (, offers training courses in Perl, Linux/UNIX and other related topics.



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I hate vi

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Why on earth would anyone ever use this now? Basic text editors much more intuitive than vi have been available for over a decade. Why hasn't this abortion of a text editor been put to rest? There is no reason to even learn it except for some reason, a lot of Linux certification tests have vi questions in them.

Why in God's name does this text editor have it's own command line? It's a TEXT EDITOR. jed and kate are more powerful for crying out loud. Why should I feel like I should to learn this cumbersome piece of crap?

"Even if you use a different editor for most of your work, it helps to know the basics of the ubiquitous vi." <==WHY?

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