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I Am vi, the Great and Powerful!

I Am vi, the Great and Powerful!

You can almost hear a fearsome voice echoing eerily around the walls of your office or home. If there is one editor that strikes fear in the hearts of newbies everywhere, it is certainly vi (or vim), the visual editor. vim, by the way, stands for “vi improved” and is the version of vi that you will find in your Linux system. Anyhow, pay no attention to that fearsome voice behind the program. vi is not so frightening once you get to know it. To start vi, enter the command name on its own, or start it by specifying a filename:

vi /tmp/test_file


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