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Book Description

vi and its derivatives are perhaps the most important family of text editors in the programming community. With this updated guide, Unix and Linux users will learn text editing basics for both vi and Vim ("vi improved") before moving onto advanced editing tools for each editor. Authors Elbert Hannah and Arnold Robbins cover the latest major releases of Vim, including 7.4, 8.0, and 8.2.

Whether you’re a programmer or computer analyst or you work with browsers or command-line interfaces, you’ll examine multiwindow editing, global search and replacement, power tools for programmers, and how to write interactive macros and scripts to extend the editor—all in the easy-to-follow style that’s made this book a classic.

  • Go beyond the basics to learn which vi commands fit your specific needs
  • Learn advanced vi tools that shift some of the editing burden to the computer
  • Explore Vim tools that provide major improvements over vi
  • Examine Vim’s multiwindow editing feature, a significant upgrade over vi
  • Use Vim scripts to customize and tailor Vim to suit your needs
  • Look at Vim in modern GUI environments with Graphical Vim (gvim)

Table of Contents

  1. 1. The vi Text Editor
    1. A Brief Historical Perspective
    2. Opening and Closing Files
      1. Opening a File
      2. Problems Opening Files
      3. Modus Operandi
      4. Saving and Quitting a File
    3. Quitting Without Saving Edits
      1. Problems Saving Files
      2. Exercises
  2. 2. Simple Editing
    1. vi Commands
    2. Moving the Cursor
      1. Single Movements
      2. Numeric Arguments
      3. Movement Within a Line
      4. Movement by Text Blocks
    3. Simple Edits
      1. Inserting New Text
      2. Appending Text
      3. Changing Text
      4. Changing Case
      5. Deleting Text
      6. Moving Text
      7. Copying Text
      8. Repeating or Undoing Your Last Command
    4. More Ways to Insert Text
      1. Numeric Arguments for Insert Commands
    5. Joining Two Lines with J
      1. Problems with vi Commands
    6. Mode Indicators
    7. Review of Basic vi Commands
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