Learning the Vi and Vim Editors

Learning the Vi and Vim Editors

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A guide to vi and Vim covers the basics of text-editing along with information on such topics as macros, buffers, Unix commands, scripts, gvim, and vi clones.

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For nearly 30 years, vi has been the standard editor for Unix and Linux. This guide teaches vi text-editing basics as well as advanced tools, such as interactive macros and scripts to extend the editor. This seventh edition has been expanded to include detailed information on Vim, the leading vi clone. Part I explains basic and advanced skills for using vi. Part II describes Vim, the most popular vi clone, and Part III describes three other vi clones: nvi, elvis, and vile. Part IV consists of four reference appendices. Robbins is a professional programmer and technical author. Annotation ©2008 Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)

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There's nothing that hard-core Unix and Linux users are more fanatical about than their text editor. Editors are the subject of adoration and worship, or of scorn and ridicule, depending upon whether the topic of discussion is your editor or someone else's.

vi has been the standard editor for close to 30 years. Popular on Unix and Linux, it has a growing following on Windows systems, too. Most experienced system administrators citevi as their tool of choice. And since 1986, this book has been the guide forvi.

However, Unix systems are not what they were 30 years ago, and neither is this book. While retaining all the valuable features of previous editions, the 7th edition ofLearning the vi and vim Editors has been expanded to include detailed information onvim, the leading vi clone. vim is the default version ofvi on most Linux systems and on Mac OS X, and is available for many other operating systems too.

With this guide, you learn text editing basics and advanced tools for both editors, such as multi-window editing, how to write both interactive macros and scripts to extend the editor, and power tools for programmers -- all in the easy-to-follow style that has made this book a classic.

Learning the vi and vim Editors includes:

A complete introduction to text editing with vi:

  • How to move around vi in a hurry
  • Beyond the basics, such as using buffers
  • vi's global search and replacement
  • Advanced editing, including customizing vi and executing Unix commands

    How to make full use of vim:
  • Extended text objects and more powerful regular expressions
  • Multi-window editing and powerful vim scripts
  • How to make full use of the GUI version of vim, called gvim
  • vim's enhancements for programmers, such as syntax highlighting, folding and extended tags

    Coverage of three other popular vi clones -- nvi, elvis, andvile -- is also included. You'll find several valuable appendixes, including an alphabetical quick reference to bothvi and ex mode commands for regular vi and for vim, plus an updated appendix onvi and the Internet.

    Learning either vi or vim is required knowledge if you use Linux or Unix, and in either case, reading this book is essential. After reading this book, the choice of editor will be obvious for you too.


  • Publisher: Farnham : O'Reilly, 2008
    Edition: 7th ed.
    ISBN: 9780596529833
    059652983X
    Characteristics: xx, 470 p. : ill. ; 24 cm
    Additional Contributors: Lamb, Linda
    Hannah, Elbert
    Alternative Title: Learning the vi editor

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